Developing Leadership like a superhero, Using the Marvel Cinematic Universe in your Leadership Programs!

  • Wed, November 16, 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Webinar


  • Free for Chapter Members

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Leadership trainers and coaches are often looking for innovative ways in which to discuss leadership with their clients and trainees. The book Leaders Assemble: Leadership in the MCU uses the Marvel Cinematic Universe was written to help executives, students, workers of all kinds develop their leadership skills.

The book is part of the Emerald Publishing book series “Exploring Effective Leadership Practices through Popular Culture” and provides a unique way for coaches, trainers, and leaders to discuss and apply leadership theory. The purpose of the series is to make leadership theories clearer to readers so that they are better able to put them into practice. This session will focus on the book Leaders Assemble: Leadership in the MCU about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Leadership theories are important to explore because they have been tested through academic research and are likely to apply to a variety of different contexts. Once someone is aware of theories, examples from popular culture can improve understanding of crucial concepts. Because exposure to popular culture influences peoples’ behaviors, the concrete examples presented in this series can then help leaders to reflect on and improve their own approaches. 

The authors will discuss the Marvel Cinematic universe examples and illustrate how to incorporate the films into a leadership development program or your personal leadership development.

Our panelists will discuss:

  • Developing one’s own leadership through pop culture
  • Leadership examples from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Techniques such as book clubs, training assignments, reflective activities for leadership development programs infused with pop culture elements

This event will primarily cover the section in ATD's "Talent Development Capability Model" on developing professional capabilities within organizations. 

Presenters: Dr. Sy Islam, PhD; and Dr. Gordon B. Schmidt, PhD

Dr. Sy Islam, PhD is a co-founder and Vice President of Consulting with Talent Metrics Dr. Islam has over 15 years of experience providing data analytic, training, and organizational development support to organizations in a variety of workplace settings. Dr. Islam’s consulting work was recognized by the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology when he won the Scientist-Practitioner Presidential Recognition Award for his focus on science driven practices in training and talent development. Through Talent Metrics he has consulted with fortune 100 companies like Prudential and teams like the Florida Panthers. Dr Islam has also served in leadership roles with ATD NYC and ATD Long Island. His upcoming book is entitled “Leaders Assemble! Leadership Lessons from the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and will be published by Emerald Publishing on June 7th, 2022.

Dr. Gordon B. Schmidt, PhD is a Professor of Management at the University of Louisiana Monroe. He researches the Future of Work, leadership and/or motivation in varied contexts including lean production and Corporate Social Responsibility and consults with organizations on these topics.

Note to registrants:  Portions of this event may be recorded for chapter marketing purposes

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