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.