2 Leadership Lessons from Batman vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice

Batman, Leadership, Superman

I was able to watch Batman vs Superman while I was serving overseas a few months ago.  There was a lot of backlash about the movie which is perfectly fine.  Some people just hold movies, remakes, with high expectations from previous versions.  The thing you had to understand with this movie is that it was never going to be like the older Batman movies.  Different personification of Batman and a different look at Superman.  I enjoyed the movie.  I love a good superhero movie regardless of who it is, or how bad it may be.  

Of course I haven’t seen the movie since, but I was able to remember a few things from the movie that contributed to being a leader.  This is only two points, but perhaps when I re-watch the movie later on I’ll pull some more lessons.  For now, I give you two leadership lessons from Superman vs Batman: The Dawn of Justice.


US Senator: [on Superman] The world has been so caught up with what he can do that no one has asked what he should do.

Leaders that have influence will never be questioned on what they should do because they’ll be already doing it and they already know what they should be doing.  They use that influence for what’s best for their team and the mission.  When leaders have the influence to make people better, they take it, it’s never a question of should they. The morals and values that leaders portray will always be with best intentions of helping those around.  If we have to question if a leader is going to the right thing then perhaps they’re not a leader after all. Leaders never question if they should do what’s right, they already do what’s right. Leaders have integrity.

Martha Kent: Be their hero, Clark. Be their angel, be their monument, be anything they need you to be.


Every leader must know their strengths and their weaknesses.  I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about how to be an effective follower.  I mentioned that to be an effective follower you have to play your strengths. Here, Martha Kent is telling Clark to play his strengths.  Superman obviously wanted to do right by the people, but the people got caught up n if he was doing things for the greater good that he started to question the opportunities he took to help.  Martha told him to be and do what he’s capable of doing, being not only a hero, or an angel, but whatever they needed him to be.  Leaders play whatever role their team needs them to play if means bettering the team or helping the team.  Leaders are versatile. 

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