Who doesn’t love that Red Cape with the “S” letter engraved on its back?
Or standing outside in the dark waiting for your friend to light up the “Batman” signal that you both carved out of cardboard?
I remember as kids, we used to sit on the couch, and lock our eyes onto the screen watching Superman and Batman while reading the Marvel’s Comics Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.
I got so fascinated by each one’s superpowers that I couldn’t get enough as a kid. I got to dream day and night about my favorite superhero and how i can become one.
As i grew older, and wiser(?) too, i started noticing different “traits” that my superheros had, yet i never got to understand well before entering the Business world. There i discovered these traits in many leaders which, come to think of, were always in the comics or movies i watched yet never looked at and quite fully understood.
So, What did superheroes teach me ? Let’s find out…
…with great power there must also come — great responsibility!
Uncle Ben’s amazing words for Peter Parker prior to his death. The words of which a true superhero would be using towards achieving good. Once you are put in a leadership position, know who put you there. It’s the followers who entrusted you with this great power to lead and achieve. As a leader, you need to be aware of the responsibilities ahead, many will fight you so that you won’t succeed, yet persevere onto leading your team to safety since you are given the power and responsibility to steer them towards success.
All I did was help someone find his dream.
“Eat – Work – Sleep – Repeat” is never a rule that you should make your employees live and suffer. Captain America is a true patriot to the American dream, rooted in him through his service as a soldier, and the need to serve and protect. You are leading an entire team towards success and fulfillment. Each member of your team is here for a reason, and all of them want to accomplish goals to grow and excel. Be part of that experience and help them achieve it. Working for your own interest alone will eventually make you a team of 1.
This looks like a job for superman.
You need to take on challenges facing your team. At the same time, you should understand that Superman didn’t fly all the time and kept wandering the blue skies; instead he only took on challenges that seems to need his intervention. As a leader, you need to know when to step in and help out, and when you need to coach and direct your team to be able to take on challenges by themselves.
Courage is nothing without the will to use it!
Leaders are courageous enough to step up and take point in leading. Iron Man got to see that he is capable of doing more good than to make things that blow up, and had the courage to start his transformation from Tony Stark to Iron Man. Leaders never sit back and watch the team struggle to accomplish its duties and goals. A leader needs to have the will to be at front, and once seen fierce in tough times, followers will have the courage to stand up and work as a team to accomplish and aim towards success.
Everything’s impossible until somebody does it.
Actions speak louder than words. Batman took the initiative to clean up Gotham city from crime where everyone sought that the task is impossible. Leaders conquer new realms by taking initiative (& risks), they know that where the impossible lies, beyond is a great land of opportunities. This can show individuals that nothing is impossible when being determined and willing to conquer.
We’ve all been where you are. Someone helped us when we needed it. Now it’s time to pay it forward.
Get to recall how much help you got along the way to get to where you are? Rogue was helped by X-Men when she feared her life and was welcomed and supported as one of them; Everyone around you had something to do with your success and how you became a Leader. Never forget that leadership is never about you or your own aspirations alone, yet about the dreams, goals, and aspirations of the entire team following you as a leader. It’s time to give back to the ones who trusted in you to lead, and help them achieve the happiness they deserve.
The creation of superheroes all came from the minds of writers who lived an idea that a change is crucial in this world, and we need to look up for characters that we can live by.
Many superheroes (Not listed here) are also a great aspiration for many leadership traits such as Wonder Woman, The Incredibles, The Fantastic Four, Thor, Green Lantern, The Incredible Hulk, etc.
So, if you break it down, organizations, simply wants HEROES on their team:
- H – HARDWORKING
- E – ENERGETIC
- R – RESPONSIBLE
- O – ORGANIZED
- E – ERUDITE
- S – SELF-STARTER
All of this makes me wonder,
“what would you want to have in common with your favorite superhero?”
Thus, You are not far from becoming a “Superhero Leader”…