“So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.”—Patti LaBelle
Good news, divas: You rock at work.
The word “diva” has such a negative connotation, and images of women having meltdowns on movie sets in their bathrobes come to mind. Watch this classic clip of Sally Field in the film Soapdish having a diva breakdown at work.
But according to new research, being a diva at work can actually be healthy. From The Wall Street Journal:
“They adore the limelight and work hard to be always front and center—but they are willing to make room for others. They are spirited, fun and positive. Because they assume everyone around them is interested in them, they share a lot of themselves—and in this way bring people together. They have the ability to help others enjoy things that aren’t normally enjoyable, whether it’s a long line at the store, an office meeting or dinner with the boss.”
This makes a diva sound like some wonderful sort of office fairy that makes everything better. It would be like if Glinda from The Wizard of Oz worked in your office. Yes, her dress and the bubble car seemed a bit over the top, but darn it, she made the citizens of Munchkinland feel safe and happy.
“Having a healthy diva around brings a lot of sparkle,” Meredith Fuller, an Australia-based psychologist, told The Wall Street Journal. “They make your world more interesting and pleasurable because you can bask in their spotlight with them.”
Divas are really just people who love their jobs and are perfectionists. After all, the word “diva” is derived from “divine.” Not too shabby. They get emotional because they are so committed.
But at the same time, there is a fine line between being a good diva and venturing into Joan Crawford, into Jennifer Lopez, with the “everything-must-be-white-in-my-dressing-room” territory. A good diva knows they are good at their job and leans in a lot because they know they deserve it, but they also know to share the credit with others. They aren’t hogging it all for themselves.
It is all about telling people that you know you are worth it. Being a diva is all about projecting the confidence and making sure you perform at your best. Okay, so maybe I was a little fast to criticize Jennifer Lopez. Maybe she needs her hotel room to be a certain temperature, white walls, and 100-thread count sheets in order to be at her best at whatever job she has this month.
Basically, a healthy amount of narcissism does a body good, as long as you acknowledge the people around you.
So embrace your inner Patti, Mariah, Cher, Christina, J.Lo, Britney, Shania, and Honey Boo-Boo, and rule your office.
How do you embrace your inner diva at work? Tell us in the comments!