What’s Your Leadership Superpower?

May 29, 2017   //   by Gail Barker   //   Previous Blog Posts  //  No Comments

What’s Your Leadership Superpower?

Wonder Woman. Batman. Superman. Jean Grey.

All of these folks – and a myriad of others – are considered to be superheroes. Each has a unique gift a strength, that surpasses what one might consider the norm. Their super power is something that allows them to do phenomenal things, in a way that is unique to them.

As a leader, trust me when I tell you that you too have a super power. Moreover, if you’re not acknowledging it and working with it, you’re not leading effectively.

I know. For some of you, the fact that I’m writing about this topic seems somewhat frivolous and flip. Rest assured, that is not my intention at all. In fact, I’m being absolutely serious here. Your superpower is something that you’ve GOT to pay attention to, if you’re going to lead to your full potential.

Your superpower may not be as awe-inspiring as the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or the power of invisibility.  Whatever it is, though, trust me when I tell you that it is what separates you – stands you apart – in a leadership crowd.

So, what is your superpower? What is that particular strength that you have, that comes with great ease, and allows you to do what others grapple with?

Perhaps it’s the gift of compassion, or listening; maybe you’re particularly adept at organization or visioning; you might be a gifted writer or a spectacular delegator.

Whatever your particular superpower is, here’s what I know: you’re likely overlooking it and its power because it comes so easily. Your superpower is not something you have to work at. Your superpower is that gift that just happens.

In order to make the most of your superpower, it’s time for you to be responsible with it. It’s time for you to simultaneously heighten your awareness of it, AND consciously put it to use. Moreover, what you want to do is play to that particular superpower, that strength, and let go of trying to develop skills that aren’t yours.

Don’t get me wrong; there’s nothing wrong with stretching and growing and learning new things. That being said, when you’ve got a built-in strength that already elevates your leadership, why wouldn’t you use that to full advantage?

Bottom-line: as a leader, you have absolutely got a superpower to use. Your superpower may not seem all that glamorous to you, because it just comes with ease. Rest assured, no matter how easy it feels to you, that particular strength is something that others grapple with. So, when you can recognize, access and lean in to your superpower, you will absolutely elevate your leadership game and leave a powerful leadership legacy that is truly yours and yours alone.

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