Here are 4 recent movies that featured leaders with some noteworthy characteristics (in no particular order):
1. The Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne/Batman is a hero but not the bubbliest of of heroes. In fact, in spite of Batman’s awesome abilities, I definitely would not let a batman-type ever babysit my kid. However, Bruce Wayne typifies a character of integrity. His passion to right any wrongs and to do what is good is indicative of a characteristic all of us should aspire to.
2. 42 Jackie Robinson had some courage to take on the color barrier and racial injustice in the way that he did. Jackie lead from the front, by example, and demonstrated what persistance and vision looks like. Leaders need to be persistant towards what matters.
3. Zero Dark Thirty Maya, an analyst in Zero Dark Thirty, is so bent on finding Osama Bin Laden that her life is planned around her efforts. Leaders are borderline obsessed with success and achieving their goal. How do you define success and how are you working to acheive it? If your version of success does not invigorate you with passion and fervor, it’s time to reassess what you’re doing.
4. Argo Argo is the story of how the government snuck out several U.S. citizens from Iran during the a crisis in 1980. Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) came up with a bizarre scheme to create a fake sci-fi movie in order to trick the Iranian government into allowing said citizens free unknowingly. Bottom line: Great leaders use ingenuinity, creativity, and think outside of the box to accomplish goals that many would deem impossible. Great leaders figure out a way to make it work.
What other movies have inspired you?