Salman Khan: The World’s Best-Known Teacher is Learning to Lead
From Forbes, December 4, 2014
Salman Khan became famous for teaching. Now he’s in a different role: Learner.
His Khan Academy is a free online education platform founded in 2006. Its 15 million registered users complete four million math problems per day.
But lately he’s facing a challenge unrelated to long division or polynomials. Khan Academy now counts 80 employees, and its boss has to figure out how to lead a growing organization.
“I’m not an expert manager,” admits the 38-year-old visionary, whose mission is to educate the world for free.
Although he’s achieved great individual success in his short career, Khan knows his organization won’t succeed on vision alone. So recently he’s begun meeting with his top people to develop a leadership and management strategy. “We’re this organization that’s all about learning,” he says. “But I find myself at a spot where it’s like, wow, there’s this whole thing called management. There’s a whole art to it. We’re asking ‘What does management training at Khan Academy mean?’ ”