Lead Like a Superhero – What Pop Culture Icons Can Teach Us About Impactful Leadership

Episode 78: Interview with Sebastien Richard

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About Sebastien Richard

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John C. Maxwell. I wrote the book with that background philosophy as a John Maxwell Team certified speaker and coach. However, many in my target audience would probably not pick up a typical book on leadership. This is why I believe the book can have a huge impact on the next generation of leaders. Young up and comers and superhero fans don’t have much use for an overly buttoned down approach to leadership.

3 big ideas discussed in this episode:

  • Superheroes, although fictional, demonstrate amazing leadership qualities. We can learn tons, leadership wise, from Superman, Optimus Prime, and Captain America (to name just a few).
  • There are two types of leadership lanes: those who grew up with leaders around them and wanted to model them because they got a taste firsthand. Those who severely lacked leadership growing up and who hungered for solid leadership and direction and who sought it out relentlessly. I am a product of the latter.
  • People who buy comic books are, consciously or not, seeking to be empowered. They admire those characters and wish they could be like them. The demographics of comic book buyers point, generally, to those who were not necessarily favored with good leadership models growing up (think absent or neglectful fathers). Bottom line: Comic book buyers are often in want of leadership and / or solid role models – like I was growing up.

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Show Notes:

SUPERHEROES, ALTHOUGH FICTIONAL, DEMONSTRATE AMAZING LEADERSHIP QUALITIES. WE CAN LEARN TONS, LEADERSHIP WISE, FROM SUPERMAN, OPTIMUS PRIME, AND CAPTAIN AMERICA (TO NAME JUST A FEW).

  • For instance, Superman- the leader who forges ahead like a locomotive.
  • He leads from the front and at full throttle. Why? Because, he’s so capable. He has a power level that’s above and beyond other superheroes.
  • He has superpowers as opposed to Batman who is limited in time and space.
  • What we can learn from Superman: How you can become a super-achiever instead of an over-achiever. Multi-tasking is a myth. Crush one thing after the other instead of trying to multi-task all things at once and botch all them.
  • We are not Superman, so we cannot multi-task in a way that’s remotely possible.

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LEADERSHIP LANES: THOSE WHO GREW UP WITH LEADERS AROUND THEM AND WANTED TO MODEL THEM BECAUSE THEY GOT A TASTE FIRSTHAND. THOSE WHO SEVERELY LACKED LEADERSHIP GROWING UP AND WHO HUNGERED FOR SOLID LEADERSHIP AND DIRECTION AND WHO SOUGHT IT OUT RELENTLESSLY. I AM A PRODUCT OF THE LATTER.

  • There are people who grew up in a family of leaders with good role models and have seen the benefits.
  • They have better introduction when it comes to leadership.
  • They see the value of leadership and wants to come to it.
  • Coming into leadership from a position of want is a more durable and stable reason. “It’s not what we have that makes us better, it is what we lack”.
  • Like Sebastien, children without proper role models at home can look into other able people as good role models.
  • This will greatly increase the yearning and hunger for being a leader.
  • That’s why a lot of people get hooked on leadership training and bettering their leadership skills.

PEOPLE WHO BUY COMIC BOOKS ARE, CONSCIOUSLY OR NOT, SEEKING TO BE EMPOWERED. THEY ADMIRE THOSE CHARACTERS AND WISH THEY COULD BE LIKE THEM. THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF COMIC BOOK BUYERS POINT, GENERALLY, TO THOSE WHO WERE NOT NECESSARILY FAVORED WITH GOOD LEADERSHIP MODELS GROWING UP (THINK ABSENT OR NEGLECTFUL FATHERS). BOTTOM LINE: COMIC BOOK BUYERS ARE OFTEN IN WANT OF LEADERSHIP AND / OR SOLID ROLE MODELS – LIKE I WAS GROWING UP.

  • When you read the stories of superheroes it is empowering and you want to be like them.

Quotes:

  •  Multi-tasking is a myth. Crush one thing after the other instead of trying to multi-task all things at once and botch all them.
  •  It’s not what we have that makes us better, it is what we lack.
  •  When you read the stories of superheroes it is empowering and you want to be like them.

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