Be your own critic: LEADERSHIP BY ARJO KLAMER
“Your audience is really not the best critic. They will love you anyway.”
If you have a mission, you have to be able to reflect on it and evaluate it. Otherwise it’s useless. When you’re a dancer and your mission is to be innovative and to contribute to a just world that’s all great, how do you evaluate this? You have to determine who can judge you.
Your audience is really not the best critic. They will love what you do, they love how you dance without any knowledge of what it should be like. Let alone whether or not you achieve your goals and mission.
“You might be the only teacher they remember.”
So who can judge you? Your students are not the best critics either. They will hate you when you teach them, and then ten years later you might be the only teacher they actually remember. Because you made something happen inside of them.
The best critics are your stakeholders. Employees, journalists, actual critics, investors, paying audience, government, local and national, supervisors, directors. But the most important critic is you. You and the people around you. Your teacher, your family. You are your own most important stakeholder.