According to Dictionary.com, a hero is “a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model”. This does not mean, however, that all heroes are viewed as leaders. The added piece to this is that leaders need to take these abilities and motivate others to achieve success too. They need to encourage their staff to identify their “super powers” and become role models for their subordinates.
How is this doable? Leaders first must be willing to share what does not come easily to some because they are very possessive and may not want to spend the time. On the other hand, true leaders share information and serve as guides in helping subordinates find their own passions, desires, and paths. They do not necessarily give them the answers but try to create environments where innovative thinking is appreciated and encouraged.
These leaders also need to be consistent in terms of their mannerisms, their communications, and their goals. As we have seen too often, a leader says one thing but acts differently, which just causes confusion and anxiety within the entire organization. A leader should keep a journal listing not only their core values but also their aspirations and personal mission statement, which will be a constant reminder of what they stand for, act, and are perceived by others. It is tricky at times to be consistent, especially when an emergency arises, but a true leader will make every effort to do this.
Lastly, a hero only uses their super powers when they need to. They do not show off and act like they are better than anyone else. Just because someone is a leader does not give them the right to be egotistical and domineering. Instead they need to show their true skills when appropriate but also give others the opportunity to take the lead.
Which super hero do you identify with and why?
Other “H” words to ponder – humble, healthy, humorous, and honest.