Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Superheroes, Science Fiction, and Satire: Steve Leonard’s Perspectives on Leadership

Superheroes, Science Fiction, and Satire: Steve Leonard’s Perspectives on Leadership

November 07, 2023 | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

About the Event

In November’s conversation, Ron Granieri welcomes Steve Leonard to discuss his work on the theory and practice of leadership.

Steve Leonard has studied leadership development from both conventional and unconventional angles. Author, co-author, or editor of ten books and numerous articles, blog posts, and podcasts on strategy and leadership, as well as a contributor to the U.S. Army Field Manual 3-07: Stability Operations, he has also explored the connection between popular culture and leadership.

In two volumes—To Boldly Go: Leadership, Strategy, and Conflict in the 21st Century and Beyond (Casemate, 2021) and most recently Power Up: Leadership, Character and Conflict Beyond the Superhero Multiverse (Casemate 2023)—Leonard brought together international teams of authors to consider what fiction can teach us about the facts of leadership.

In addition to this work, Leonard is also creator of Doctrine Man, a defense and national security micro-blog/comic strip with nearly 200,000 followers across social media platforms, and more than 2,000,000 unique visitors each week. 


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Ronald J. Granieri

Ronald J. Granieri - Dr. Ronald J. Granieri is the Executive Director of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West, and host of People, Politics, and Prose, a monthly series of events.

Steve Leonard

Steve Leonard - A former Army strategist who retired as a colonel, Steve Leonard is senior assistant dean and professor of the practice at The University of Kansas School of Business.