Finding confidence with Marc A. Pitman

Sep 21, 2020

Executive leadership coach, speaker, and author Marc A. Pitman has helped countless nonprofits advance their missions and improve the lives of their staff and supporters. As founder of the Concord Leadership Group, he has worked with the leaders of organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Islamic Relief USA, and the Association of the US Army to successfully navigate their way through crises, and lead their teams with greater effectiveness and less stress.

In The Surprising Gift of Doubt, coming spring 2021, Marc will share his insights into how feelings of insecurity and self-doubt can actually lead to a rare level of leadership mastery. Read on to learn more about Marc and his unique perspective.

Which three words best describe you?
Passionate, learner, wanna-be-Cicerone 

What is your book about?
Too often, very good leaders get sabotaged by their self-doubt. I firmly believe this self-doubt doesn’t necessarily mean they are broken as leaders; it can actually be a sign that they’re on the verge of greatness. This book shows them how!

What is the last book you read?
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. (I finished them on the same day.)

What is your idea of a perfect evening?
Pre-pandemic, it was surprising my wife with a dinner out at our favorite brew pub. Now it’s making dinner as a family, pouring a great craft beer, and binge-watching Bones or Schitt’s Creek.

Who is your favorite author?
I read 50–75 books a year, so I have many favorite authors. My current favorites are Brandon Sanderson and N.K. Jemisin. 

Who is your personal hero?
As cheesy as this may sound, my ultimate personal hero is Jesus. He lived a life of all-out passion and inclusive love. And he was willing to die for what he knew was right. I’d love to have a portion of that passion, love, and commitment.

What is your personal motto?
Life’s short, live passionately. 

Where do you find inspiration?
As an Enneagram 7, I can find inspiration just about anywhere. I find cooking particularly satisfying. Currently, I love brewing beer and making bagels. And my family loves when I make meat pies.