A look at how Elvis Presley was a leader of the music industry in the 1950s and 1960s and then fell sharply away.
# 114068 | 1,448 words | 3 sources | APA | 2009 |
Published on May 28, 2009 in Film (Artist) , Music Studies (Contemporary) , Music Studies (Blues, Jazz) , African-American Studies (General)
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This paper discusses the life and career of Elvis Presley, and evaluates his leadership skills by comparing them with Thomas Nelson Maxwell's book, "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership." The writer describes how during Elvis' early career he remained true to his core principles and values, and had a strong sense of his personal goals. As he advanced in his career, his musical talents were diluted as he became subject to less positive and more rapacious influences, and allowed himself to be swayed by people who did not have his best interests at heart. The writer explains that from 1961 Presley quit performing and spent eight years making movies, which did not satisfy his artistic standards. When Elvis returned to the concert stage in the 1970s, his abilities began to be affected by his long-standing prescription drug abuse. The paper concludes that despite his leadership and influence Elvis died alone and unsatisfied, feeling he had lost his personal and professional integrity.
From the Paper:"According to Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, the first and most important principle of showing leadership is "The Law of the Lid" which states that honing one's leadership ability and sense of mission determines success, not relying upon the promotional skills, ideas, and abilities of other people. Of course, Elvis Presley had great PR support in becoming "the first real rock and roll star," but his charisma was not manufactured, and his style was uniquely his own. Elvis' talent was spotted early on, but the nature of his appeal was not crafted in a public relations or advertising studio. He was a unique combination, a fusion of the two competing strains of popular music vying for teen attention: "A white southerner who singing blues laced with country and country tinged with gospel, Presley brought together music from both sides of the color line.""
Sample of Sources Used:
- Doll, Susan. "Elvis Presley." How Stuff Works. Retrieved 10 Aug 2008 at http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/elvis-presley-quotes.htm
- "Elvis Presley." (1996). History of Rock. Retrieved 10 Aug 2008 at http://www.history-of-rock.com/elvis_presley.htm
- Maxwell, Thomas Nelson. (1998). 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. New York: Thomas Nelson.
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