Cape, Spandex, Briefcase

  • by David Kahn
  • Narrated by Harry Roger Williams, III
  • 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why are some people more effective leaders? What makes them more engaging, more influential, and more successful than their peers?
In Cape, Spandex, Briefcase leadership expert David Kahn tells the story of a motivated young man who yearns to be successful in his new leadership role. He holds the manager title, but is struggling to become an actual leader. After an especially horrific experience, he is sent to a leadership coach...but why is this "expert" working in a comic book shop?
With Superman, Spider-Man and their costumed companions serving as paradigms of what it means to be a leader, this book introduces the five superpowers of leaders and presents practical tools and skills to address your leadership responsibilities while increasing your ability to influence, motivate, and earn respect.
By practicing Cape, Spandex, Briefcase principles, you will enhance your ability to:


Be a more effective leader by developing greater confidence in your capabilities
Adapt your leadership style to different scenarios, while remaining true to your values and principles
Align your team's objectives with your professional values and vision.
Manage organizational politics and build relationships to achieve both professional and personal goals
Become an empowering leader who fosters effective teamwork
Spot and develop the next class of high-potential leaders within the organization
Utilize influence techniques to enhance your ability to persuade others

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Customer Reviews

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One of the top 5 leadership books I've read

Would you listen to Cape, Spandex, Briefcase again? Why?

Yes, in fact I intend to listen to it at least 3 more times to make sure I've taken in the concepts that it covers.

This book covers 5 key skills that are necessary to be a good leader and relates them to the actions of superheros. The comparisons makes the concepts more memorable as well as provides examples of how they can be applied (what they look like in action).

I'm not a comic book fan, but this method of conveying the 5 leadership skills was still powerful for me and really resonated. It also made the book fun and interesting to listen to.


Which character – as performed by Harry Roger Williams, III – was your favorite?

I didn't really have a favorite character, they all had important roles to play in the book and how the concepts are communicated.

The narration was really well done, I loved all the character voices and the narration showed a lot of skill. It was lovely to listen to and really added to a book that would be a good read in any format.


Any additional comments?

If you want to become a leader or you're in a leadership position without having received training in how to be a leader then this book is a must read.

Note: This book was provided free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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- Claire

The title explains it all

Leadership as explained through comic books and superheros.


"This book was provided by at no cost for and honest review."
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- Jason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2016
  • Publisher: Starewell Publishing, LLC