Many say that this year has started just as hectic as the previous one ended. In this fast-paced world, it is increasingly challenging to be heroic and stand out as a leader. In this article, I would like to introduce you to a tool that will effectively help you to be a hero even under stress.

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Discover the HERO mindset

The HERO mindset has become my guiding star in the stormy waters of everyday leadership. I discovered it when I started to look more closely at the concept of psychological capital (PsyCap). Legendary investors such as Warren Buffett attach immense importance to this psychological capital. Especially when it comes to leading companies to extraordinary growth. But what exactly does it mean to be a HERO? HERO is an acronym for:

  • Hope: The energy you need to achieve your goals through proactive planning. It’s not just about hoping that everything will work out, but actively taking steps to make your vision a reality.
  • Effectiveness: Believing in your own ability to produce positive results and achieve the goals you set yourself is key. It strengthens your confidence in your decisions and actions.
  • Resilience: The art of staying positive even when there seems to be no solution. This skill helps you to bounce back quickly after setbacks.
  • Optimism: Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial. It is important to firmly believe that success is possible – now and in the future.

How to strengthen your HERO mindset

As a HERO, you pursue your goals in a balanced way. This is essentially based on five pillars:

  1. Health: A healthy body is the basis for a positive mindset.
  2. Positive thoughts: The fundamental decision to see things positively is entirely up to you! Mindfulness exercises and meditation also help to reinforce this attitude.
  3. Strengths and team focus: Knowing and utilising your own strengths and focusing on the strengths of your team will make you even stronger.
  4. Meaning and purpose: Defining a clear meaning and purpose for what you do every day gives your work more meaning. This in turn boosts motivation.
  5. Relationships: Strong, healthy relationships create an additional source of energy. Mutual give and take promotes this energy.

What the HERO mindset does

By anchoring the HERO mindset in your leadership style, you will notice significant changes in your team, just like I did:

  • Greater goal achievement: You will achieve your goals more efficiently and consistently.
  • Psychological safety: Your team will feel more confident to express ideas and take risks.
  • Innovation and creativity: On this basis, your team will develop greater creativity and innovative strength.
  • Meaningfulness: You will experience your work performance as more meaningful and fulfilling.


Being a HERO as a leader in today’s fast-paced world is a challenging yet highly rewarding task. The HERO mindset has not only increased my own resilience and effectiveness, but has also inspired and motivated my team. Getting there means growing and thriving – both as an individual and as a team. This article should serve as inspiration for you to become a HERO in your own leadership role.

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