5 Enduring Leadership Qualities Learned From Batman
The Caped Crusader may seem a little out of reach to many of us. After all, who other than Batman can survive a 15-story fall with nothing but a grappling gun? Yet decades of Batman stories have shown us that Bruce Wayne and his alter ego have a lot to teach us about getting the job done and getting the job done well.
1. Be sure to have the right tools for the job
Batman is known for having some pretty swanky toys. Whether it’s the Batmobile, the Batcopter, or the ever-handy utlity belt, Batman makes sure he always has the latest and greatest tool he needs to fight the newest bad guy in town.
Alas, employees out there aren’t as well-equipped as the Dark Knight. Our recent Engagement Report found that 26% of employees don’t have the tools they need to do their job well. If Batman didn’t have the tools he needed to do his job, he’d have been fed to the fish by the Penguin years ago.
2. Never underestimate your competition
There is a never-ending list of bad guys pouring through Gotham City every day. Yet whether it’s some of the tried-and-true baddies like the Scarecrow, Joker, or Riddler, or some of the more obscure scary folks like Cornelius Stirk, Ratcatcher, and Lady Vic, Batman always saves the day. It’s not because he has superhero powers (he doesn’t!), but rather because he takes the time to suss out their motives and their weaknesses.
Now, your competition surely isn’t trying to take out an entire city, but they’re still tough and formidable. Rather than letting pride take over, take the time to assess your strenghts and how they map to to your customer set. The more you know how you stack up, the more you’ll know where to focus your attention to win.
3. Pick the best team members around
Batman often flies solo, but when he needs a helping hand, he can always turn to his trusty sidekick Robin (okay, and occasionally Batgirl too). Because he knows you can’t always do it alone, Batman makes sure he has backup from people he can trust.
Take a look at who’s on your team and make sure they don’t just have the skills to do the job, but they have the personality to be a great team member too. Finding the right skill and fit makes for an awesome team member.
4. Fall back on sage advice
Back in the Batcave and in Wayne Manor, Batman knows that he can always turn to Alfred whenever he’s in a pickle. Alfred’s years of service to the Wayne family make him a trusted confidant and make him free to give advice when Bruce needs it most.
Who do you have that you can turn to for a second opinion? Whether it’s a mentor within your organization or outside, you can never underestimate the value of having someone to brainstorm or troubleshoot with.
5. Always dress for the part you want
Nothing cuts a scarier pose in a dark, wet alley than a masked man looming overhead. Batman aims to scare his opponents into submission, and he knows that his Batsuit is one of the best weapons in his arsenal to do just that.
When you’re ready to rock the workplace, make sure you look the part. Whether it’s business formal or super casual, pick the outfit that will let you fit and and build your team’s respect.