Superheroes aren't just men and women who strut around in tight clothes and fight evil villains. When it comes down to it, they're (at least part) human with real emotions and their motives can teach us a thing or two about what it means to be a good leader. They strive to better themselves by helping those around them and contributing to the greater good. Here are seven leadership tricks you can learn from superheroes, and how you can you use those traits to better your employees and grow your company.
1. Always Do What Is Right
One of the most famous distinctions between a leader and a manager is "managers do things right, but leaders do the right things."
Doing the right thing goes beyond thinking about how to complete a task or achieve a goal. Doing the right thing forces you to think about the future and how you plan to get there. It involves inspiring your employees and focusing on them and their thoughts, rather than controlling them.
2. Be A Good Listener
Superheroes and leaders alike need to listen to what's going on around them in order to overcome obstacles and grow.
One study showed that the number one reason employees don't take initiative at work is because they perceive that leaders fail to gather their input before making decisions. By listening to your employee's ideas, you'll encourage them to think outside the box and share innovative ideas. You will also show them that their input matters.
3. Treat Others With Respect
No superhero ever got anywhere being disrespectful to people--neither has any good leader. Treating your employees with respect benefits not just your team, but also your entire company in significant ways.
Studies show that employees who feel they are treated with respect are more productive, experience better health and job satisfaction, and feel a higher level of trust and safety. Employees who feel respected by their leaders are also more likely to stick with the company.
4. Be Empathetic
A key trait of all superheroes is empathy for those who need help. A good leader recognizes when an employee is struggling and is motivated to help them rather than criticize or ignore them.
Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone's shoes and understand their situation. Being an empathetic leader means thoughtfully considering your team when making decisions, which creates a community of trust and positivity within your company.
5. Don't Be Afraid To Take Risks
Can you think of one superhero that hasn't taken a risk? To be a successful leader, you have to be willing to take risks--albeit calculated risks. A certain amount of risk taking leads to innovation and growth for your company.
A good leader is willing to be flexible to explore new ideas with their team. Be prepared for problems along the way, but taking those calculated risks ensures your company's goals will be met beyond expectation.
6. Admit Your Mistakes
Nobody's perfect. Even superheroes make mistakes. The difference is, a good leader will admit they made a mistake as opposed to insinuating a mistake was made.
By admitting you're at fault, you're one step closer to fixing and getting past your mistake. You'll also avoid losing the respect of your team and won't put their trust at risk.
7. Be Confident In Everything You Do
People would be significantly less inclined to follow superheroes if they weren't confident in themselves and their actions.
Having confidence allows you to lead your team with authority and empowers you to make the tough decisions you're expected to make as a leader. Confidence is the difference between your employees rallying behind your decisions and them doubting you for your lack of certainty.
Being a good leader is often easier said than done. You'll encounter countless obstacles in your journey of success, but, by adopting these traits, you'll be the superhero of your company--prepared to tackle any challenge that comes your way.