Business leadership: 5 movies to watch and understand it

Published on 12/04/2024

Business leadership: 5 movies to watch and understand it

Published on 12/04/2024
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Business leadership: 5 movies to watch and understand it

What sets an ordinary person apart from a leader? Their innate abilities and skills to captivate others and lead them towards shared goals. However, beyond the innate traits of each individual, business leadership can be learned. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

Business leadership, easily understood with 5 movies

In addition to books and masterclasses on leadership, the big screen can also illustrate business leadership and motivation themes. Today, we suggest these 5 movies:

  • Gladiator (2000). The quintessential movie about motivation and leadership. Russell Crowe’s speech to rally his troops is simply impressive. It’s a call to follow him, a call to inspire his warriors. The message is powerful because Crowe is filled with credibility. A leader who isn’t believable will never be able to seduce their teams. The movie also talks about teamwork and the success of the group over the individual. It presents us with a leader who has an incredible ability to overcome problems and adversities. Crowe leads through achievement and goal realization; something perfectly applicable to today’s business world.
  • Braveheart (1995). Very similar to the previous example, this time we have Mel Gibson, a Scottish national hero, who needs his army’s support in the First War of Scottish Independence against the British troops. In this film, we see a leader capable of mobilizing individuals for a common cause. This inspiring and emotional leader wins people over with effort and charisma. Mel Gibson shows us what a good leader should be and how to evolve over time, as we see him lead from small armies (teams) to larger and more loyal forces (organizations).
  • Invictus (2009). Directed by Clint Eastwood, this film shows the life of one of the greatest leaders humanity has ever seen, Nelson Mandela, and how a small idea can transform and move an entire society in a country as large as South Africa. Here, we see a leader who is approachable and empathetic, caring for people and his nation. Mandela leads, through emotional intelligence and extensive communication, guiding a whole country towards a common goal: the unification of the population and the elimination of differences and hatred.
  • Dead poets society (1989). This classic, starring Robin Williams, showcases leadership through unorthodox means, as Williams plays a teacher who must teach poetry and deal with students at a private school. The movie presents several examples of leadership, not only by the teacher but also by the students in the final part when they stand on their desks. It speaks about being brave and breaking the mold, the importance of communicating with people, and the need to make the most of every minute of our existence. It shows us a passionate, approachable, and empathetic leader.
  • The king’s speech (2010). This Oscar winner from three years ago is also a great example of leadership, self-confidence, and overcoming challenges. Based on true events, it tells the story of Duke Albert of York’s journey to public speaking despite a stuttering problem. Similar to Dead Poets Society in that it uses unorthodox methods to tackle the problem and achieve excellent results. Key points about leadership emerge when the problem is accepted and the decision is made to lose fear and believe in oneself again thanks  to regain confidence. We are presented with a leader who is downtrodden at the beginning but triumphant later. Overcoming and self-confidence are essential qualities in any business leader.

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