With Superman in the news this year (he has a new movie out, plus it’s his 75th anniversary), you can expect to see a lot of articles on “Business Lessons You Can Learn from the Man of Steel.” Despite all the “run a business like Superman” content out there (like this, or this, or this), San Francisco-based CEO coach Prasad Kaipa says Superman would make a terrible entrepreneur.
Kaipa worries that many entrepreneurs he’s met think they’re too much like Superman already. So, he’s compiled a list of five warning signs that should ground any overreaching entrepreneurs who think they can leap tall buildings with a single bound.
Above all, says Kaipa, entrepreneurs must be team players. If they don’t play by the same rules as their team members, their workplaces can turn toxic. “This is especially true when entrepreneurs believe they’re better than their underlings, a phenomenon which has been referred to as the Superman Complex,” says Kaipa. “That’s when they believe they’re stronger, smarter, faster and better than their workers.”
He offers this checklist of ways overly heroic entrepreneurs can alienate their co-workers:
If they’re being honest to themselves, Kaipa says many entrepreneurs will admit to mistakes such as these. “If you’re guilty of the above behaviors, then you need to find your inner and more noble Superman. That means having a higher purpose:” What makes Superman special isn’t just his super-powers, but the fact that he uses them unselfishly to help those in need. When you use your unique abilities to uplift and empower others, says Praida, “both you and your company become extraordinary.”
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