A hero can be defined as an individual who is highly regarded for his or her personal qualities or exceptional achievements. He or she is often also considered a mentor or a role model. This does not necessarily 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 own “super powers” (or strengths and defining qualities) and become role models for their subordinates.
How does one go about achieving this? First, leaders 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 can be difficult at times to be consistent, especially when an emergency arises, but a true leader will make every effort to do this.
Lastly, heroes only use 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. This will encourage others to feel valued and achieve success.
Which super hero do you identify with? Why do you identify with this particular super hero? What defining qualities do you have that you would consider to be your super powers? How can you use your super powers to help you to become a role model to your subordinates?
Other “H” words to ponder – humble, healthy, helpful, humorous, and honest.