Riddle Me This, Batman - Leadership SHIFT Tip

Riddle me this Batman, “I do not listen to reason, but I hear every siren’s song and will try to steer us towards the rocks if you let me take the wheel. Who am I?

Yes, Robin, it is, “Holy Socrates Batman.”

When I was younger, I was a huge Batman fan — Boy Robin, um, not so much. You may have guessed that The Riddler was my favorite villain, and if we throw in a victim like Gotham City, then we have a perfect drama.

I loved Batman’s moody darkness, gadgets, and even his cape. But capes only work if you work at The League of Nations. They don’t mesh with today’s “dress appropriately” corporate policies.

To be honest, heroes, with or without capes, don’t work so well in corporate America, but we love to play them. Who wouldn’t? It feels great to play Batman or Wonder Woman.

Believing that you need to save the day for your customers or team members may be great for your ego, but you will end up creating more victims. Because over time the citizens of Gotham will start to believe that they don’t need to take action because you will always come to rescue.

So give your cape to your customers or team — let them play the hero. You can rock your inner Alfred and serve as their guide who trusts, questions, and listens.

Have fun storming the castle!

Oh, and let me know if you know the answer to the riddle.

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