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3 Movies that Changed My Perception on Leadership

If love movies and are a visual learner like me, this post is for you. Leadership ‘Easter Eggs’ can pop up anywhere if you are looking. Here are a few I found in some of my favorite movies.

lincoln1. Lincoln

Leadership is consistency.
This movie is about Abraham Lincoln’s last days as he tries to finish winning the Civil War and emancipate the southern slaves. I really liked this movie and not just because Lincoln is my favorite president. The resolve and single-minded focus in the face of relentless pressure that Lincoln possessed was mesmerizing.
Throughout this movie, people try to convince Lincoln that passing his bill through congress is impossible. Many times it did seem possible. However, Lincoln’s hard work, political genius, and consistency won in the end.

No matter who we lead whether it is a company, church, or our families; consistency is the key to so many things.
If you are constantly changing your strategy, marketing plan, or house rules, how will those you lead know when they’ve won?  How will they know what they are suppose to do?
Consistency is the key to unity, communication, and a step toward excellence.

braveheart2. Braveheart

People follow your passion not your program.
Let’s start this one with a warning. I watched this movie in an ‘edited version’ format. I’ve been told there are some parts that are unsuitable and should be scrubbed over quickly. Viewer be warned.
What I want to talk about is the journey William Wallace takes from a farmer looking to start a family to a man who shakes the most powerful nation in the world at the time.
In the movie, Wallace makes several memorable statements. One of those is when he’s talking to the future king of Scotland. He said, “People don’t follow titles. They follow courage.”
My way of saying that is, “People don’t follow programs. They follow passion.”

If you are passionate about something you don’t have to tell anyone, they know.
If you want to be an effective leader, make sure you leading with passion. If you do this, you’ll never have to beg people to follow you.

lord.of.the.rings3. The Lord of the Rings

The journey is always better together.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece would have been lost to most of this generation if Peter Jackson and company had not made the amazing three part movie series. Whether it’s with Sam and Frodo or with the other half of the ‘fellowship of the Ring’ there is an overarching theme, “The journey is better together.”
The same is true with leadership.
If you choose to do life alone you will never become everything you could have been. The truth is other people can have amazing value in your life.
A better way to say that would be the “right kind of people” can have amazing value in your life.
If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people.
If you want to become good at leadership, hang out with other leaders who are winning. They can teach you and maybe you’ll even be able to teach them a thing or two as well.

These were some of my favorite ‘leadership in training’ movies.
What are some of yours? Let me know in the comments below.

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