Absolutely no one achieves great success alone. That includes superstars like Taylor Swift. We all need trusted relationships – an inner circle - as described in Her Circle Leadership’s 7 Tenets. Taylor Swift’s inner circle has expanded as her career continues to reach new heights. The greatest success comes to those with an inner circle in which partners contribute to each other in various ways. Taylor Swift is a great example of a talented artist whose inner circle has played a critical role in her extraordinary success, and she in theirs as well.
Here are some of the key collaborators in Taylor’s inner circle:
Scott Borchetta: Scott Borchetta signed Taylor Swift to Big Machine Records and played a crucial role in launching her career. He provided the platform for her early success and helped guide her artistic direction.
Nathan Chapman: Nathan Chapman is a producer and songwriter who worked closely with Taylor Swift on her early albums, including her self-titled debut and "Fearless." He helped shape her sound and co-wrote many of her early hits.
Taylor’s inner circle of girlfriends has been there providing morale support and glam since early in her career. They have supported her through her breakups, and she is there for them as well. They protect her from criticism, and their very presence communicates “cool” to her fans. Who is in her inner circle? Think Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, Blake Lively, and many others. Just like anyone’s inner circle, she is constantly adding new trusted relationships while others may not be long term.
Jack Antonoff: Jack Antonoff is a producer, songwriter, and musician who has collaborated with Taylor Swift on multiple projects. He co-wrote and produced songs on her albums "1989," "reputation," and "Lover." Their collaborations have resulted in some of her biggest hits.
Andrea Swift and Scott Swift: Taylor Swift's parents, Andrea and Scott Swift, have provided guidance, support, and management assistance, helping her navigate the music industry.
Taylor's Band and Crew: The talented musicians and crew members who tour with Taylor Swift have played a vital role in her success. They bring her music to life on stage, ensuring memorable performances and contributing to the overall success of her live shows. In return, she has given them great opportunities and acknowledgment. Additionally, it’s been reported that she rewarded her dancers and the rest of her team a total of 55 million dollars for their work on the Eras Tour.
Fans: Taylor Swift's dedicated fanbase, often referred to as Swifties, has undeniably contributed to her success. Their unwavering support, enthusiasm, and engagement have propelled her to new heights and helped her dominate the music industry. And she gives them love and appreciation.
We all need a collaborative inner circle like Taylor Swift’s. If you don’t have one, it may be time to consider who you want in yours. If you have one, it’s a good time to reach out to people whom you respect. Start by saying “Hello. How’s life? Let’s catch up. I really care about you."
--Leslie Grossman, Founder, Her Circle Leadership