Heroes may save lives, right wrongs, or tackle what seem like insurmountable odds. They are ready to fight for principles and do things because they are the right things to do.
The Hero story fuels a group’s drive to succeed, to compete, to strive, to win, and to consistently meet and exceed stakeholder expectations.
When Heroes slip into the shadow side, burn-out, stress, or aggressive behaviors disrupt teamwork. Shorter-term “heroic” actions can overtake longer-term strategic thinking.
Courage, Can-do attitude, Principled action
To protect, to serve, to win
A cause or would-be obstacle
Nike, The Red Cross, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Arrogance, Bullying, Short-term thinking
Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!
People who give up
Usain Bolt, Alexander the Great, Serena Williams
ARE YOU A SAGE?
Are you inspired by thoughts, hypotheses, conundrums, unsolved equations or other intellectual challenges?
ARE YOU A RULER?
Do you know the best way to accomplish whatever is for the highest good of all? Are you willing to take on the responsibility?
ARE YOU A REVOLUTIONARY?
Do you tend to notice what’s not working and challenge the status quo? Are you unafraid to let go and move on?
ARE YOU A MAGICIAN?
Do you trust synchronicity, coincidence, Aha-moments and things that flow? Do you seem to make the impossible happen?
ARE YOU A LOVER?
Do you have a romantic view about the world that covers everything from ideas to individuals to experiences?
ARE YOU A JESTER?
Does your playful energy and sense of humor reduce the collective stress in the room? Do you show others how to let go and lighten up?
ARE YOU A HERO?
Do you bring a discipline, focus and can-do spirit that inspires others to be bigger, braver and stronger?
ARE YOU AN INNOCENT?
Are you grateful for the present moment? Do trust that things will always work out in the end?
ARE YOU AN EXPLORER?
Do you live life on your own terms? Are you inspired by the question ‘why not?’
ARE YOU A CREATOR?
Do you trust your imagination, your inner Muse and the creative process itself?
ARE YOU A CAREGIVER?
Do you give freely give without expecting anything in return? Is service is your calling card?
ARE YOU AN EVERYPERSON?
Do you seek to create a sense of acceptance, belonging and justice? Do you believe ‘together we can overcome?’