The “Star Wars” universe has plenty to teach when it comes to leadership, its pitfalls and challenges. For one, what are the mistakes committed by the Emperor and Darth Vader during their time as leaders of the Galactic Empire? Here are five leadership lessons straight from the Jedi, according to Forbes.
Let go of your fear
Yoda once uttered these words: Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose. There’s great truth on this, as being loss averse is a major factor in the decision-making process. According to studies, people would actually prefer avoiding a loss than acquiring a gain.
Approach tasks with success in mind
Remember Yoda’s more famous words – “Do or do not. There is no try” – and how it emphasizes the truth that you cannot expect to be successful at all times? It proves beneficial, however, to approach tasks with a confident mindset and good expectations for yourself.
Be mindful of the present
Distraction comes so easy these days with technology, but it is important to work hard to ignore them and focus on the tasks ahead of you as a leader.
Don’t let emotions cloud your judgment
Do not ignore your emotions, Vulcan-style. They can guide you in your mission, but can also get the best of you and cloud your judgment. Act based on the best available data, and constantly seek feedback from people who matter.
Believe in your cause
Data and experience may not always suffice when you’re embarking on a new journey, such as a new brand or venture. What Obi-Wan Kenobi told Luke Skywalker is this: let go of the conscious self and act on instinct. Trust that you can do it.