My Interview With Talent Management Magazine

I’m honored to be featured in the most recent Talent Management magazine. The following is an excerpt from the interview. Special thanks to Lauren Dixon for taking the time to speak with me.

Leadership Lessons From Superheroes

talent mgmtAs Ben Parker, uncle of comic book superhero Spider-Man, said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

In “Cape, Spandex, Briefcase: Leadership Lessons From Superheroes,” author David Kahn, an academic and leadership author and teacher, tells the fictional story of another Ben, an executive director at POW! PR Inc. who rose in ranks but is failing as a team leader. His boss refers him to a leadership coach, Chief, who runs a comic book store.

Chief shares that good superheroes benefit from their actions more than their superpowers. The same goes for leaders in reality. And even though Kahn’s book is a work of fiction, its story provides plenty of credible and valuable lessons for aspiring leaders.

Talent Management spoke with Kahn about leadership skills and coaches. Edited excerpts follow.

How can prospective leaders find a coach?

I think there are a lot of ways to find a coach. There are a lot of professional coaches out there who are fantastic. That is definitely one way to find a coach. The other way is to find the people in your life who inspire you and who have experience and are smarter than you and are willing to share what they know…

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