Spider-Man is in the process of being recasted once again. That’s okay, it happens. The stories from Spider-Man still have the same impact. Spider-Man still stands for doing what’s right.
With great power comes great responsibility. -Uncle Ben(Spider-Man 1)
It’s a cliche quote that we often hear even out of the movie, but yet, still packs a punch. For leaders, it reaches beyond responsibility. It’s a code of belief. A belief that those who are able to inspire those to be better and do better, it is THEIR duty to do so. I’m going to post a few quotes from the movie and bring out a few lessons that we may have overlooked.
Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. My friend Harry taught me that. He chose to be the best of himself. It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right. – Peter Parker
I want to highlight the last bit there. We can always choose to do what’s right. Spider-Man didn’t just stand for helping others because he had the power to do it and the skills, but it was the right thing to do. Leaders never think twice about doing what’s easy over what’s right. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is take the long way home, but the journey is worth the lesson. In this we learn that no matter what path we shall choose, leaders do what’s right!
Peter Parker: Eddie, the suit you’ve got to take it off.
Eddie Brock: Oh, you’d like that, wouldn’t you?
Peter Parker: I know what it feels like. It feels good. The power. Everything. But you’ll lose yourself. It’ll destroy you. Let it go.
Power! Who doesn’t love having control? Peter said it right, “It feels good.” But at what expense do we use power to get what we want? Friendships? Jobs? Power is usually granted with the role of a specific title. CEOs, managers, supervisors, etc. These are people who are in charge of other people. It’s the hierarchy of the system. Many companies are build upon it, our own military is built in this system. However, just like the quote we’ve all heard, “Leadership has not rank.” This is true through and through. We don’t have to use power to get things done. If we were to be a leader, a person who inspires, a person who gives their sweat of the work and gives all the glory to the team, then people would bend over and work hard for someone who is willing to also work for them. Power doesn’t necessarily guarantee people will give you quality results, but leadership done right will have teams working with their blood and sweat to give the best quality results! Leaders make progress without power. Leaders lead without power.
Peter Parker: I don’t need your help.
Mary Jane Watson: Everybody needs help sometimes, Peter. Even Spider-Man.
I love this quote! Mary Jane sets Peter straight! Even Superheroes need help from time to time! No one is perfect, that’s to say the least. Everyone has their bad days and everyone will at some point need help. This is why building strong teams and relationships is important. We’ve got have other people’s backs and we’ve got to trust they have ours. In this, a leader’s job isn’t to know all the answers. That would be impossible. A leader’s role is to inspire, motivate while providing coaching, mentorship, and resources while getting the team from Point A to Point B. With that, leaders are never afraid to admit that they don’t have all the answers and that they need help. Doing so builds trust that leaders too have to rely on their teammates.