Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett – Leadership Considerations in the Entertainment Industry

Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on


When we hear “leaders in the entertainment industry,” usually that means popularity, the most photographed, the most talked about, and the most sought after for what often times can be reduced to gossip.


Most importantly, however, we cannot assume popularity equates to the kind of leadership that can “make a mama proud”! With all due respect to the deceased, and based upon your understanding of highly regarded, effective leadership, how do you evaluate each of these icons in the entertainment industry? What are your observations regarding their authenticity, success (you watched their footage, bought their memorabilia/music), their likeability factor, distinctive popularity components, etc?  Is it even a fair question to ask if you are a better person for your affinity for any or all of them? What distinguishes one from another in leadership qualities? What highly publicized behavior or verbal message did they put out there that made their stock go up or down in your opinion?


Read about their careers:

Ed McMahon

Farrah Fawcett

Michael Jackson


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