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Batman Leadership: Why the Caped Crusader is a Superior Leader

Batman Leadership shines an entirely new spotlight on the Caped Crusader. It is a new paradigm to illuminate the Dark Knight.  Batman has been a successful crime fighter for decades.  His success as an individual contributor and as a leader with the Justice League has been unparalleled.  What is most remarkable is that he possesses limited innate abilities.  Even more surprising, Batman’s prowess is not even dependent on one set of characteristics.  It is the following combination of attributes that makes Batman a legendary superhero and leader.

  • ŸHumility – In the superhero community, Batman is human in a universe of immortal and invulnerable peers.  His humility is a huge attribute because he does not have the luxury of being reckless. But, intelligent risk assessment is a trait of great leaders.  Batman knows his survival depends on his accurate assessment of risk for every single heroic activity.
  • ŸCourage – Batman’s trademark mode of operation features leaping quickly into a situation and correcting it.  His courage, in conjunction with supreme confidence, is critical to his success.  In thwarting his enemies Batman relies on fearlessly moving quickly, resulting in seizing first mover advantages on his enemies.  With stealthy maneuvers, Batman defeats his competitors often before they can establish a defense. Batman’s courage leads to action and action leads to victory.
  • ŸToolbox – Batman possesses an exceptional set of tools that mega-sizes his effectiveness.  Like any great executive, he constantly adds new items to his toolbox.  Batman calls it a Utility Belt.  Since he stays close to research and development activities, he quickly incorporates cutting-edge technology and strategies to resolve new crises and unprecedented threats.
  • ŸCapitalization – Before strategy, before execution, before evaluation, Batman benefits from a well-funded enterprise.  Although his alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, bankrolls all of Batman’s activities, Batman remains an extremely responsible steward. He shows extraordinary integrity and discipline by using all of his allocated capital specific to performing his mission.

Regardless of how passionate, maniacal and mission-driven that Batman’s adversaries may be, the Caped Crusader prepares for victory by continuously improving his performance.  His strategy, his preparation, his mindset is singularly focused on his crime fighting goals.  He trains physically and intellectually with an unmatched zeal.  Also, he maintains a clear perspective on his values.  He never violates his rules of engagement regardless of how diabolical his competitors behave.  His ethics are unwavering.  Any leader can enjoy long-term success by incorporating humility, courage, a reliable toolbox, and a well-capitalized operation toward an impassioned goal.  Understandably, Batman continues to be a legendary crime fighting leader because he exercises these attributes in every engagement.  The model works.  The cape is optional.

By Glenn W. Hunter


December 10, 2012 - Posted by | Better Business, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , ,

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