A SUPERPOWER for Super Leadership
Superman had it made. Of all his superpowers, the one that impresses me most is that bullets bounced
right off him without making a mark. Whether he deflected harm with a protective arm raised to the
sky, or the weapon ricocheted off his suit, nothing thrown his way could harm him. What an admirable
(and handy) trait. In fact, it’s a trait required of every successful leader.
Those in positions of power come under attack—they always have and always will. A protective armor allows for survival. Strong leaders hold their ground and
don’t sway to pressure if it differs from their
own, especially when they know they are on
the right course. However, the strongest leaders can also admit errors without compromising their status, too. The power of invincibility
is most prized when it’s used to protect others.
haps it’s you who had the bad day. Although
a reality, the smart leader, first and foremost,
takes steps to block the bull from reaching
others. No reason to expose staff to poisons
that hurt morale or productivity—block them
using your superpower.
If the poison gets past your armor, it’s time
for damage control. Not everyone has the
power to deflect weapons—you must help
them recover and stand strong.
Defend and Protect
Play the Part
ABOUT THE IREM
TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN THE NEW
AGE OF REAL
Leaders accept responsibility for guarding
staff members. The alpha wolf, the matriarch
elephant and the boss are all leaders who put
themselves in harm’s way to protect those in
the group. It’s one of the traits that make followers want to follow.
For instance, when a tenant
complains about a staff member’s decision, supervisors often listen and allow the tenant’s
voice to sway opinion. Protective
leaders defer to the staff member
and relinquish authority to that
person to work out the conflict.
If the staff member is wrong,
protection is still provided by allowing him to save face with the
tenant and give the message that
he has changed his mind—not that the leader
usurped his authority. Now that’s protection.
This superpower includes acting supportive,
even when you’re uncertain. Are you unsure
of the new software being implemented? Do
you think the renovation budget is a bit un-derfunded? Don’t let your hesitation take precedence; instead, present a
Are you invincible? Not
quite, but playing the part
includes blocking your apprehension when it’s present
so those who look to you for
leadership have the ability to
see the positive. Certainly,
they may come to have concerns as you do (and there
may come a time when you
share yours), but first, use
your superpower to block outward pessimism
that could negatively affect others.
TAKES STEPS TO
BLOCK THE BULL
Block the Bull and Control
There’s confusion and contention within the
ranks, or maybe it’s your supervisor who creates anxiety amongst the staff. Then again, per-
Up, Up and Away
The next time you see the villains approaching
your team, come to their rescue. Who knows,
next thing you know you’ll be able to leap tall
buildings in a single bound.