3 Leadership Lessons from Dr. Strange

Leadership, MARVEL

Stephen Strange is quite self-centered.  He thinks of himself first.  He is the best at his job, but even being best can sometimes hinder our ability to be truly great.  Have you ever met someone who thought they knew everything?  Dr. Strange seemed that type of person.  Until he lost everything he was so proud of.  The ability to use his hands. 

Getting knocked down can sometimes be the tipping point to our selfish behavior.  What seems like failure can teach us how to be better than we were before.  Dr. Strange learns the lesson of his life.  Not only did it teach him to put others first, he became a leader without even knowing it. 

As a leader, there is always something to learn from those around you.  Being a leader doesn’t mean you have all of the answers.  Not every leader is the smartest person in the room.  When Stephen learns from the Ancient One that there’s more to life than what he sees he begins to beg for her to teach him.  If there is a moment in time in anyone’s life where leadership begins it’s the process of learning.  Dr. Strange began his journey in this moment. Although, leaders do teach, leaders too need to learn. 

Dr. Stephen Strange: Teach me.


Even leaders have mentors.  Someone to help guide them on their journey to be better, do better and know better while helping others.  Mentors are there to show you and teach you how to leverage your potential.  When your potential is being reached there is infinite possibilities to the greatness you can be.  The Ancient One invested in Dr. Strange because she saw beyond his abilities and saw potential and in turn she says she sees possibility in him.  Leaders see beyond the immediate capability and see possibility for others. 

The Ancient One: You want to know what I see in your future? Possibility.

The greatest lesson in this movie happens near the end of the movie.  It is my favorite moment in the movie.  This moment is what truly defines leadership.  The Ancient One has astroprojected and is talking with Dr. Strange about life.  For anyone that has the desire, the ability, the will, the calling to lead rule number is, “It’s not about you.”  

The Ancient One: Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the simplest and most significant lesson of all.
Dr. Stephen Strange: Which is?
The Ancient One: It’s not about you.


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