Movies–A Lesson in Leadership

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I love movies! I can watch one after the other till the sun comes up and then keep doing it. I don’t watch it just for entertainment, but I watch them to learn.  I have realized there is a lot of leadership to be learned from movies if you seek it out. Here a couple that I have realized recently…

From the movies…

Elizabethtown
Claire Colburn: So you failed. Alright you really failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You think I care about that? I do understand. You wanna be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you’re still smiling. That’s true greatness to me.

That last part really sticks hard, fail big and stick around! Don’t let a little bit of failure make you a failure. When you stop, then you fail, but if you keep trying that is what makes you a success. Leaders don’t give up, they keep going and they encourage others to keep going.—Leaders are motivated.

Transformers: Age of Extinction
Crosshairs: Ugh, you just want to die for the guy. That’s leadership. Or brainwashing, or something.
Drift: No, that is Optimus Prime.

At the end of the movie Prime starts challenging the Dinobots and eventually wins their loyalty. Crosshairs and Drift are walking off and they exchange this quick quote, you just want to die for the guy, that’s leadership…What an amazing quote!! Do leaders sacrifice things in such a way that makes you want to give your all for them? Well, I think so. When you have true leaders that put everyone else above themselves, I believe we all get a little inspired to do our best at all times. I think this is a key element of leading people. Don’t you?!—Leaders are selfless.

We Bought a Zoo
Dylan Mee: I guess I just can’t talk to girls that well. 

Kelly Foster: Well, talking to girls is easy. They’ll tell you everything. The secret to talking is listening

Okay, so this one you’ll have to apply to every form of communication and not just talking to woman. Haha. Leaders communicate! I have a tattoo on my arm of the word “Listen.” I have a lot of meaning to it, but the foundation is that listening is the most important part of communication. You can hear people even when they’re not talking, you just have to listen. Leaders listen and that is probably rule #1 as a leader.—Leaders are great communicators.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Rocket Raccoon: Why would you want to save the galaxy?
Peter Quill: Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it!

Peter Quill says something that you actually have to put a little more thought into why he’s saying it. He’s not saving the Galaxy because he lives in it, but he’s saving it because it’s the right thing to do from his position. He is able to save it so he decides to save it. A man who seems like a renegade, selfish space traveler comes to be a hero. As leaders, you should naturally be doing things because it’s the right thing to do and encouraging it. Never sell yourself short, or bypass something because it’s easier. I was given this advice last year and was told to ask the question to yourself, “Is this the right thing to do?” That answer can determine a lot of great things, or a lot of bad things if answered wrong.—Leaders do what is right.

Now…I can continue with many more movies, but I think you get the idea. Watch a movie and actively listen to what’s going on and what’s being said. The lessons aren’t always straight forward, but you can find them.

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