Quick! Answer the following questions:
- Spreadsheet or doc person?
- Big picture or detail driven?
- Phone, email, text or Slack communicator?
- People or data preference?
- Siri or Google search?
- White board thinker or mull privately?
Generally, we have an affinity for how we think, communicate and make decisions.Tapping into the skills that come naturally to you is vital to capitalizing on your superpowers as a leader. When used correctly, your superpowers can put you in the zone of optimal performance and job satisfaction.
Back in my corporate days, I took over the responsibilities of the same person twice as he moved on to different opportunities within the company. He was well known for BIG [sometimes “Yuge!”] ideas and vision. There was no one better at whipping up excitement and gaining buy-in across the company. Implementation, on the other hand, was not his forte. When I took over his position the first time, I asked for his project files and, genuinely puzzled, he responded, “What files?”
I’m more pragmatist. I enjoy putting together puzzle pieces to see how the picture emerges. My mind instinctively navigates to “How?” as I focus on developing a sustainable process to help things run smoothly. I gravitate toward strategy and problem solving assignments. As it turns out, I was a strong complement to my visionary predecessor.
In the end, we both delivered value. Each of us, however, brought completely different superpowers to the table.
So how do you put your Kryptonite to work? Our cheat sheet will get you started.
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