To me this superhero team movie has some very interesting leadership cues that’s quite relevant to the business environment today. Here are my top 4 cues:
- Leadership Vision: One man–Bruce Wayne– recognizes the threat and identifies the resources (meta-humans) that would be required. Is it his 20 years + crime fighting experience or sheer intuition? Either way this is vision or the foresight to see what’s coming in the future. In the business world the CEOs are meant to show this skill.
- Communication: Note how Bruce W goes about searching and communicating the purpose (of negating the potential threat) in recruiting the team he feels can do the job. In the business world having such clarity of thought aids leadership in touching the hearts (along with the mind) of their potential and existing employees.
- The Team— Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Cyborg, Aquaman, Flash (as starters)– each with a unique superhuman skill come together for a common cause.
In the business world every organizations has a purpose. No it’s not making-profit! It’s a bit more than that. It’s got several terms–Social Responsibility; Community Outreach; Engagement etc. Whatever be the term, the purpose of any organization (should be) is to provide value in its offering to people in order to make their lives better.
Often such purpose and the dollar value target gets interchanged!
Thus the goal becomes a numerical item devoid of any emotions attached to it. And this impacts how the organization engages with their team. Instead of creating teams based on whose skills are best suited to the purpose, we often end up selecting teams based on who is best suited to bring in the numbers.
4. Purpose— In the movie each of the superheroes have a key purpose with regards to using their superpowers to aid the team in saving the world. In the business world this is often where the gap occurs! Purpose and value is often not communicated with clarity.
We get so much entertainment from our superhero characters and whilst the kids look to emulate them, as matured and responsible adults, can we looks at taking the excellent leadership cues our heroes show to us into our daily lives?