Earlier this year, I started my leadership podcast. Doing so filled me with self-doubt.

Could I pull this off? Aren’t there enough leadership podcasts out there already?

Who wants to listen to me? I don’t know how to do this…

self-doubt can be overcome

All these thoughts flooded my mind. So much so that I had held off releasing my podcast for years even though I had purchased podcasting equipment years before.

My Blue Yeti microphone was purchased 2 years prior to the launch of the podcast. My webcam was purchased before that.

I had the goods. I didn’t have the confidence.

Tally Your Wins

But as I continued blogging, something began to change. I began to feel more confident. I felt like I could offer something new and different in the podcast world.

Why was this?

Because I began to tally my wins.

In episode 13 of the Answers From Leadership podcast, our guest is Sean Ackerman. Sean is a husband, father, business professional, podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur. He has over 25 years practicing business management in small privately owned companies to larger organizations. And now he wants to help you lead yourself to success.

You can beat adversity and stress


What else do you want us to know about you Sean?

Overcoming adversity is what I started You Leading You from. My family and I had a period of homelessness.

After this trying period, I took the bull by the horns only to crash.

From this crash, I realized he wasn’t doing much. Sure, I was busy but I wasn’t leaving a legacy. That had to change.

How did you get into leadership and become the kind of leader you are today?

The X-Men movie universe has been a shaky one over the last 16 years since the first movie was released 2000. We went from good to bad to worse to seeing improvement.

X-Men: Apocalypse, the 8th X-Men movie, was a step in the right direction, along with recent entry Days Of Future Past and First Class.

While it won’t win any critic’s awards, it was a fun summer movie. The action was fantastic. Seeing new X-Men introduced brought out my inner geek. And the story was engaging.

Now, let’s get to the leadership lessons from X-Men: Apocalypse.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From X-Men: Apocalypse

1. Charles Xavier/Professor X:

A gift can also be a curse

To be a mutant is to be something special and unique. There are gifts you would receive if you were one. Yet there’s also a curse that comes with being a mutant.

I don’t know how else to put this, so I’ll say it this way. We’re all imposters.

Think about it for a minute.

Are we really impostors?

Now that you’ve had time to think about it, can you see the truth in this statement?

We All Feel Fake

I believe we’re all faking something.

You may be faking your confidence as you lead your team into difficult times. You may be faking it when you told your wife you loved her this morning (even though you do, you’re just not feeling it). Or you may be faking it when you say you’ve got everything under control.

Even if you’re not faking something at this moment, you’re probably feeling like an impostor.

You feel like you don’t have what it takes to get the job done. You feel you can’t take care of your family. You feel like you’ve let everyone down.

We’ve all experienced a bad manager or two. Some of us have even experienced toxic leaders.

Today, I want to share with you an awesome inforgraphic that shows 8 types of toxic managers and what you can do to deal with these toxic people.

Don't be a toxic leader

Infographic Courtesy of GetVoip

Don’t be a toxic leader. Rise above this type of poor leadership.

You have it in you. I know it.

Question: Have you faced any of these toxic leaders or managers? If so, how did you deal with it? Share your story in the comment section below.