Loki — The Next Big CEO?

Let’s​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​superheroes.​ ​Or​ ​super​ ​villains,​ ​depending​ ​on​ ​where​ ​you​ ​draw​ ​the​ ​line.​ ​One​ ​super villain​ ​in​ ​specific.​ ​Loki.​ ​Loki,​ ​the​ ​God​ ​of​ ​Mischief​ ​and​ ​Magic​ ​and​ ​the​ ​adopted​ ​brother​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Almighty Thor.​ ​Throughout​ ​the​ ​Marvel​ ​Cinematic​ ​Universe,​ ​every​ ​time​ ​we​ ​have​ ​encountered​ ​Loki,​ ​we​ ​find​ ​him hatching​ ​elaborate​ ​plans​ ​to​ ​become​ ​the​ ​ruler​ ​of​ ​Asgard.​ ​Throughout​ ​his​ ​journey,​ ​he​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​very polarising​ ​character.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​fought​ ​for​ ​both​ ​sides,​ ​all​ ​along​ ​modifying​ ​his​ ​plans​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​his​ ​ulterior motive.​ ​One​ ​aspect​ ​that​ ​most​ ​of​ ​us​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​miss​ ​because​ ​we​ ​look​ ​at​ ​Loki​ ​through​ ​the​ ​filter​ ​of​ ​a​ ​villain is​ ​his​ ​unique​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​solving​ ​any​ ​problem​ ​that​ ​he​ ​comes​ ​across.​ ​As​ ​it​ ​turns​ ​out,​ ​Loki​ ​has​ ​many traits​ ​that​ ​would​ ​actually​ ​make​ ​him​ ​a​ ​very​ ​successful​ ​entrepreneur!

We​ ​see​ ​from​ ​the​ ​first​ ​movie​ ​how​ ​Loki​ ​understands​ ​his​ ​true​ ​potential​ ​and​ ​points​ ​out​ ​that​ ​his​ ​abilities are​ ​not​ ​being​ ​to​ ​the​ ​full​ ​potential​ ​and​ ​that​ ​he​ ​would​ ​be​ ​a​ ​better​ ​successor​ ​for​ ​Odin​ ​than​ ​Thor.​ ​Loki has​ ​a​ ​good​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​self​ ​awareness.​ ​He​ ​grasps​ ​every​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​prove​ ​his​ ​worth​ ​to​ ​his​ ​father.​ ​He understands​ ​that​ ​merely​ ​having​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​or​ ​ideas​ ​isn’t​ ​sufficient,​ ​but​ ​being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​platform​ ​to propagate​ ​his​ ​skills​ ​is​ ​also​ ​essential.

Another​ ​interesting​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​Loki​ ​is​ ​his​ ​perseverance.​ ​In​ ​every​ ​cinematic​ ​appearance​ ​of​ ​Loki,​ ​he tries​ ​to​ ​execute​ ​his​ ​plan​ ​but​ ​ends​ ​up​ ​failing.​ ​Yet,​ ​he​ ​comes​ ​back​ ​with​ ​a​ ​better​ ​plan​ ​and​ ​gets​ ​closer​ ​to success​ ​after​ ​each​ ​attempt.​ ​His​ ​level​ ​of​ ​dedication​ ​combined​ ​with​ ​his​ ​skill​ ​set​ ​makes​ ​him​ ​a formidable​ ​opponent​ ​that​ ​many​ ​have​ ​come​ ​to​ ​fear.

His​ ​plan​ ​of​ ​attack​ ​shows​ ​us​ ​how​ ​coherent​ ​his​ ​thought​ ​process​ ​is​ ​.​ ​In​ ​Avengers,​ ​he​ ​uses​ ​the​ ​small resources​ ​that​ ​are​ ​available​ ​to​ ​him​ ​to​ ​their​ ​full​ ​extent​ ​very​ ​efficiently​ ​and​ ​manages​ ​to​ ​almost succeed.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​subsequent​ ​films,​ ​he​ ​learns​ ​from​ ​his​ ​mistakes​ ​and​ ​fixes​ ​the​ ​loopholes.​ ​Another peculiarity​ ​that​ ​makes​ ​him​ ​stand​ ​out​ ​is​ ​that​ ​his​ ​plans​ ​are​ ​always​ ​dynamic.​ ​He​ ​builds​ ​on​ ​it​ ​as​ ​he​ ​goes with​ ​the​ ​basic​ ​core​ ​fixed​ ​but​ ​adjusts​ ​it​ ​to​ ​tackle​ ​any​ ​instantaneous​ ​problem​ ​that​ ​comes​ ​up.

Loki​ ​isn’t​ ​afraid​ ​to​ ​get​ ​his​ ​hands​ ​dirty.​ ​Not​ ​all​ ​problems​ ​can​ ​be​ ​solved​ ​with​ ​no​ ​collateral​ ​damage​ ​and a​ ​willingness​ ​to​ ​pull​ ​the​ ​trigger​ ​when​ ​no​ ​one​ ​else​ ​will​ ​distinguishes​ ​him​ ​from​ ​many​ ​antagonists.​ ​In the​ ​corporate​ ​world,​ ​people​ ​often​ ​find​ ​themselves​ ​stuck​ ​in​ ​a​ ​situation​ ​where​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​easy solution​ ​and​ ​a​ ​willingness​ ​to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​decision​ ​becomes​ ​the​ ​difference​ ​between​ ​a​ ​success​ ​story​ ​and​ ​a failure.

A​ ​trait​ ​that​ ​often​ ​gets​ ​over​ ​looked​ ​is​ ​his​ ​communication​ ​skills.​ ​Loki​ ​is​ ​a​ ​master​ ​manipulator​ ​and​ ​uses his​ ​words​ ​as​ ​his​ ​primary​ ​weapon.​ ​On​ ​multiple​ ​occasions,​ ​he​ ​has​ ​tricked​ ​his​ ​foes​ ​into​ ​fighting​ ​amongst themselves​ ​and​ ​this​ ​was​ ​actually​ ​a​ ​large​ ​part​ ​of​ ​his​ ​plan​ ​in​ ​the​ ​first​ ​Avengers​ ​and​ ​it​ ​worked brilliantly.​ ​His​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​negotiate​ ​and​ ​manipulate​ ​further​ ​strengthens​ ​my​ ​case.

When​ ​we​ ​think​ ​of​ ​Loki,​ ​we​ ​often​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​miss​ ​out​ ​on​ ​all​ ​these​ ​traits​ ​and​ ​just​ ​see​ ​him​ ​as​ ​another villain​ ​when​ ​he​ ​is​ ​so​ ​much​ ​more​ ​than​ ​that.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​motivated,​ ​efficient​ ​master​ ​planner​ ​who has​ ​experience​ ​managing​ ​large​ ​organisations​ ​(armies​ ​count​ ​right?).​ ​Looking​ ​at​ ​all​ ​of​ ​this​ ​it​ ​is​ ​clear that​ ​Loki​ ​checks​ ​many​ ​boxes​ ​of​ ​traits​ ​that​ ​are​ ​desirable​ ​in​ ​an​ ​innovator​ ​and​ ​corporate​ ​leader.

So​ ​next​ ​time,​ ​when​ ​you​ ​look​ ​at​ ​Loki,​ ​try​ ​to​ ​find​ ​the​ ​budding​ ​entrepreneur​ ​inside​ ​him.