Unleashing your superpowers as a leader and why it’s important – Part One
Updated: Jun 21
Are you a senior leader who wants to level up? Are you confused by too many leadership styles and feel your personality doesn't fit the "mold"? Read on to learn how to create your own authentic, effective, personal leadership style.
Too often, when in a leadership position, you believe they must be experts in all facets of leadership and management. When we lead a team or an organization, it's essential to understand that developing your unique leadership style based on your values and unique strengths or superpowers is more critical than being an expert across a broad range of skills or slavishly modeling your style on a specific model or leader.
As a consultant and a leadership coach, I often see clients who think they lack critical leadership skills or must address weaknesses. Instead, I encourage my clients to reflect on their values.
What are the values that are most important to you personally and professionally?
What values are nonnegotiable to you?
What do you stand for and believe in?
What values do you want to be known for?
Which of these values do you prioritize above others?
Then I encourage my clients to reflect on their passions, interests, and strengths.
What are you good at?
What brings fulfillment at work?
What brings you energy and excitement?
What achievements are your proudest of? Why?
What contributions, achievements, and projects are you known for?
What kind of impact do these projects have on others?
Aligning your values with your skills, strengths, and interests is a recipe for a fulfilling life and career and is far more impactful and meaningful than focusing on perceived weaknesses.
Kevin, a client, is a CEO and founder of a rapidly growing international agency. Kevin came to me lacking confidence in his leadership abilities. He is passionate about the mission of the organization and proud of its achievements. Still, he felt his staff questioned his leadership skills as he was new to leading others and didn't have years of management experience.
We reviewed and reflected on Kevin's personal values and how these showed up at work. Through self-reflection, journaling, and some values-focused exercises, Kevin identified what values were important, which were nonnegotiable that had to be present in his life and work. He was able to articulate what attributes he wanted to be known for.
We reviewed his achievements as a CEO to date. He had a vision and a strategy for where he wanted his agency to go. He had successfully recruited a highly impactful team and board, secured ongoing funding, and rolled his program out in several countries. We then explored what aspects of his career he enjoyed, which brought him energy and significantly impacted his organization and its mission.
His peers recognize Kevin as a highly impactful visionary, an influential thought leader, and an excellent spokesperson for his organization. He is a robust advocate for his organization and its mission and is highly successful inspiring governments, donors, and staff to support his cause. Rather than focus on his perceived weakness - lack of managerial experience, Kevin hired experienced managers and leaned into his superpower, becoming a visionary and flag bearer for his organization. Click here for part two!