I recently had the privilege of speaking with Michelle Pizer, host of the annual Crack the Leadership Code summit. We discussed the challenges of being a new leader, how leaders can utilize confidence and courage, leadership lessons from our current political climate, and the ways we can harness and maximize the five superpowers outlined in Cape, Spandex, Briefcase: Leadership Lessons from Superheroes.
After my publisher let me know that it won a medal in the 2017 Axiom Business Book Awards, I was off the wall. While the sales won’t [yet] buy me that house in Tahiti, to be acknowledged for providing value to the business leadership landscape is certainly motivating. If you are unfamiliar with the Axiom Awards, this is the 10th annual event. According to the site:
The Axiom Business Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary business books and their creators, with the understanding that business people are a very well-read and informed segment of the population, eager to learn about great new books that will inspire and inform them, and help them improve their careers and businesses.
When writing Cape, Spandex, Briefcase I was cautiously optimistic about diverging into a less traditional book format. I tried in earlier drafts, but relaying the information as a fable seemed more effective, more engaging, and much more fun. Thanks to everyone at Axiom who agreed.
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
As 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…