What can we learn about leadership from Star-Lord?

This is the next article in a series based on my favorite sci-fi movies. Star-Lord, a.k.a. Peter Quill, is another character from Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG). Previously I wrote on Rocket Raccoon, who actually gets into a competition, with Peter, about who is the true leader of the crew. Like a lot of characters, Peter isn’t ready to take on the mantle of leadership, in the beginning. For Peter, we really don’t see him start to step into a leadership role until the end of the first GotG movie. Peter has operated alone for quite some time, so he has to adjust to working with others. Because of his reluctance to be a true leader, this leaves a void in the crew. Rocket’s personality is to blow things up and ask questions later, so it’s not surprising that he sees a need for someone to step up, so he starts acting out and challenging Peter’s authority. He even goes so far as to call himself captain, of Peter’s ship, in Avengers: Infinity War. This leads to our first lesson about leadership. It’s said nature abhors a vacuum, so where there is a lack of leadership, someone will step in to fill the void. On one hand, this could be good, if the person stepping in has been prepped for such an opportunity. This assumes they aren’t an evil overlord bent on destroying all life as we know it, but that’s another discussion. On the other hand, having a void could mean the leader isn’t doing their job. So if you’re a leader feeling like someone is coming for your job, it could be because you are creating a leadership void! This would be a good time to do a self-analysis, but more importantly it’s time to get some feedback, maybe in the form of a 360-review. I would be remiss not to mention it’s also a great opportunity to work with a coach. Peter has moments where he takes charge of the situation, but it’s usually out of necessity – like a life or death scenario. This can work at times, but in the real world, if your leadership is inconsistent, or sporadic, your team will stop trusting you. Eventually they will stop following you. This brings us back to the void problem. So before you find yourself in an epic battle for the protection of the universe, it’s a great time to look at your leadership and ask yourself the following questions: “Am I consistent?”, “Do I ever feel like someone might be challenging my leadership?”, “What am I doing to grow as a leader?” If you find you’re not happy with the answers to those questions, or already know your leadership is not where it needs to be, it’s time to do something about it. Request a free consultation to see how we can work together to develop a plan to get your leadership headed in the right direction. The universe may just depend on it!

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