Identify Your Superpowers
Let me begin by giving you some context for the following excerpt. It is my belief that we are all leaders. How you choose to express your leadership is completely up to you.
You may opt to contain your leadership to leading yourself. That is where leadership begins after all. You may be a leader in your household, in your church community, at work, in business, in volunteering, etc.
I don’t want you to get too tripped up over the word leader if that’s not how you have seen yourself previously. When I refer to you as a leader I am talking to that part of you that would like to help, to improve for the better, and make a difference in your life and in the lives of other.
Identify Your Superpowers
When I was a child I wanted to be like Wonder Woman, She-Ra, and GI Jane.
In my years as a corporate leader, I loved the more recent superhero characters like Trinity from The Matrix, Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, and Michelle Yeoh’s character from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
To me, these characters embodied strength, self-assurance, and a willingness to take a different path. They endeavored for the greater good at great sacrifice to themselves. I found inspiration in their stories.
They had superb fighting skills but used them judiciously and only when necessary.
Defining Your Leadership Superpowers
As a leader, take a moment to reflect on your own superpowers — those special qualities that make you shine in your role.
Here are some qualities that come to mind when I think of leadership superpowers:
- Authenticity: You say what you mean and mean what you say. You consider whether your actions are really aligned with your inner thoughts and feelings. You’re not afraid to speak up when something needs to be said.
- Reliability: Others can count on you. Sure, we all make mistakes from time to time – but you own up to yours and work to make it right. Everyone knows you’re dependable and won’t jump ship when the going gets tough.
- Inspiration: You bring out the best in others, encouraging them to discover – and use – their own superpowers. People are motivated not only by your own unique strengths, but also by your ability to hone in on theirs.
Other superpowers I think of are: warmth, humor, being open to constructive feedback, sharing (judiciously) your thoughts and personal stories, visionary thinking, listening, the ability to plan effectively and to successfully re-route those plans when they don’t fall into place, willingness to commit, and a desire to give back to others.
Use Those Superpowers!
Just like your favorite superhero, use your superpowers to build quality relationships, lead your team, and inspire others – in business and in life. Remember, nearly every professional interaction gives you the opportunity to build – or slowly destroy – your relationships. And as any great superhero would, wield your powers to annihilate any quality (we all have them!) that isn’t serving your highest good: being overly judgmental, critical, or condescending, blaming others, being argumentative or continually wanting to prove your point, or even being unresponsive.
And, since you’re only human, after all, when you need a little inspiration of your own, just envision your favorite superhero, busting through all that evil and making everything all right again.
Here are some indicators you can use to get to know yourself better and identify your unique Superpowers:
- Myers Briggs
- Strength finders
- Fascination Advantage
There are many more indicators but these are the more popular ones and the ones I am most familiar with. If you have another you are more familiar with, take that one. The point is to seek clarity around what makes you tick so that you can use this knowledge to your advantage.
When I found out two of my strengths were enthusiasm and collaboration I was not completely surprised. Looking back on my career, I could see how those traits helped me to stand out of the crowd and with that awareness I can plan my business activities around these traits… and avoid situations where I am weakest.
This article is an excerpt from Jodi Flynn’s Amazon bestselling book, Accomplished: How to Go from Dreaming to Doing. Jodi Flynn of Women Taking the Lead is a coach, podcaster, author, speaker and community leader for ambitious entrepreneurial women who want to achieve their definition of success without sacrificing their happiness. Jodi works with women who are already seen as successful but have not yet achieved the level of success they want to achieve. Jodi helps her clients see how extraordinary they are so they can lean into their natural abilities, stop working nights and weekends, and achieve their biggest goals with ease. You can find out more about Jodi at: womentakingthelead.com.