Magazine article Journal of Property Management

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

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

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

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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.

Defend and Protect

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.

Block the Bull and Control Damage

There's confusion and contention within the ranks, or maybe it's your supervisor who creates anxiety amongst the staff Then again, perhaps 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. …

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