The 5 lost superpowers leaders need to tap to succeed

The enterprise neighborhood is abuzz with dialogue on the Nice Resignation: why it’s taking place, the way it’s taking place, and who it’s taking place to. Simply ten minutes spent on LinkedIn would counsel that completely everyone seems to be quitting and nobody is aware of what to do about it.

The need for worker retention has seemingly by no means been higher (or extra determined), however that need itself is nothing new. For many years, leaders have looked for fixes to this costly downside they usually’ve positioned their bets on the whole lot from group modifications to administration programs to, extra not too long ago, free beer, snacks and limitless paid day without work.

The widespread thread right here? We’re wanting within the flawed locations to clear up our issues.


What’s wanted is a dramatic change within the behaviors that leaders show, one which comes from inside ourselves. When leaders show pure human behaviors—curiosity, resilience, authenticity, compassion, and playfulness—they take step one in creating a brand new tradition. We name these, in our guide, The 5 Lost Superpowers they usually cover in every considered one of us, unused within the trendy working world, slowly withering the additional we get from our childhoods.  

After we resurface these qualities inside ourselves, we show to our workers that it’s secure for us all to discover our personal superpowers, to be foolish, to study and fail, to be authentically ourselves. We really feel like extra than simply cogs in a wheel, we really feel human. We thrive. 


Curiosity is our fast-pass to studying about issues, conditions, folks, and the whole lot else that exists in a quickly altering world. Curiosity retains us from pondering now we have all of the solutions and opens us up to innovation, connection, and creativeness.

Youngsters are implausible at asking questions: Why is the sky blue? Why does my stomach button appear like that?  Why do I’ve to eat peas? But as we age, we’re rewarded for our solutions, not our questions. We begin to concern not being proper, not understanding. What we should always concern extra is just not asking good questions. Why? These are the keys to pondering extra broadly and to discovering new methods of doing, fixing, and approaching the world.

When leaders embrace curiosity about their folks—what issues to them, what drives them, what they need—their folks really feel seen, understood, and valued. Information clearly reveals that these are nearly universally what folks need extra of at work. When leaders show skilled curiosity, they unleash it within the folks round them too, feeding these wants and constructing tradition, modern concepts, and options alongside the way in which. 


We do our greatest work and expertise probably the most ease once we can present up as our genuine selves. For a lot of totally different folks to thrive, leaders have to encourage and settle for a wide range of work and communication kinds. It’s necessary to discover how narrowly outlined the behaviors and outcomes that get rewarded are in any tradition. Producing a tradition of authenticity typically contains increasing the definition of how one thing “ought to” be and who will get rewarded for what they carry to the desk. 


We expertise others as genuine once we really feel they’re being truthful in what they are saying and in how they present up. As leaders, sharing what is tough, what’s unsure, and what you hope for can construct belief and connection. Individuals sense they’ll belief you since you are keen to be weak by sharing extra of your self and the place issues stand.

Individuals need function fashions to show that imperfection is OK, that all of us have laborious days and typically we get it flawed—however from that, we develop. When leaders present up authentically or experiment with what which means for them, it offers everybody else permission to do the identical. 


Resilience is one thing we usually study from our environments. It’s that innate capacity now we have to carry on going regardless of adversity. Our resilience is strengthened once we are given freedom to strive, fail, and take a look at once more. The extra we strive issues, the extra we develop. But if we’re solely rewarded for getting one thing proper, we lose sight of the worth of our experiences and our resilience suffers. 

When kids are studying to stroll, they fall and get again up, each time. However we lose that resilience when authority or an excessive amount of warning intervenes. If obstacles are knocked over earlier than we will expertise them, or we don’t discover one thing due to perceived danger, we by no means train resilience or study that the world doesn’t finish if we fail. 

Mannequin resilience to your group by focusing in your locus of management and the place you might have company. Present them that you just fail and it’s OK. The extra your folks be at liberty to fail and take a look at once more, the happier and extra ingenious your group shall be. 


Compassion is knowing the views and viewpoints of individuals in contrast to you. It’s additionally appreciating that all of us need and need various things.  As kids we provide everybody our compassion, but as we age, we develop boundaries round who deserves our compassion. We regularly restrict it to both the folks “in our group” or those that we will one way or the other relate to.

A kindergarten scholar will congratulate an opponent on a objective scored as a result of they did a terrific job. Solely 5 years later, a fifth grader will stomp the bottom and say “that child’s a cheat!”

Compassion is tough. None of us really feel we obtain sufficient of it, and it requires time spent. Nevertheless it’s one thing you desperately need to schedule—your workers require it. So arrange compassionate processes and techniques the place folks can thrive, and set up significant targets that consider not simply what you or shareholders are doing, pondering, and feeling, however what these with different viewpoints would possibly need to turn out to be profitable. 


Individuals love enjoyable and we naturally search it in its myriad types. Pleasure, levity, hilarity, cheekiness, and different kinds of enjoyable maintain in widespread the basis of playfulness. Additionally they show that playfulness can take totally different types acceptable to the scenario. We all know not to search for the enjoyable of a curler coaster once we enter the boardroom, but when a office isn’t embracing any sort of playfulness, it’s probably not a spot the workers will actually get pleasure from.   

The good issues that make us human exist inside unstructured play, however we neglect this reality as a result of we’re outcome-oriented. We spend a lot of our time engaged on carrying out targets that play takes a backseat. This “always-on” mode doesn’t end in higher work. As a substitute, it leads to burnout, lack of sleep, and despair. 

As a pacesetter, you’ll be able to incorporate playfulness by rewarding creativity for creativity’s sake and by scheduling time the place folks can discuss freely, with out the boundaries of questions or expectations. Playfulness isn’t about ping pong tables. It’s about rewarding spontaneous, inventive, and imaginative pondering and behaviors.  


Reinvent Your Office

Companies need sensible, modern workers to give you huge, broad options for advanced issues and alter. That’s no secret. However to get that, they have to create an atmosphere the place their folks really feel secure to accomplish that. We’ve created organizations with slender focus and bounds to creativity, the place workers carry concern or concern, and a restricted sense of risk.  

The guardrails positioned on innovation, creativity, and downside fixing additionally make it more durable for folks to join, so we deal with the bonds that type when folks “undergo hell” collectively. But we’re blind to the chances of what would possibly occur when folks accomplish issues collectively within the dynamic, thriving atmosphere of The 5 Lost Superpowers.  

Each superpower—curiosity, resilience, authenticity, compassion, and playfulness—nurtures and attends to what workers are lacking. Embracing and modeling them your self will assist eradicate the need in your workers to search for work elsewhere.

(*5*) is the president and founding father of the JMReid Group, a company coaching and facilitation firm. Corena Chase is an govt coach and founding father of Chase Performance Strategies. The pair cowrote, with Andrew Reid and Lynae Steinhagen, The Five Lost Superpowers: Why We Lose Them and How to Get Them Again.