5 Movies That Inspire Leadership Skills Every CEO Can Do To Get Better Results For Your Company. (Part 1)
Audrey Hepburn famously said, “Everything I learned I learned from the movies.” And if you’re a CEO intent to on developing your leadership skills to lead your team to achieve better results, everything you need to know, you can learn in an underdog sports story.
So grab some popcorn and your mobile device to take notes, because it’s time to Netflix and lead in part 1 of this 2 part series, Reel To Real: Leadership Skills From The Movies.
If anyone knows how sweet a victory ending is, it’s Thinc Strategy founder, Cindy Anderson.
With more than 20 years of leadership skills management under her belt, she’s helped over 140 local and international clients increase their corporate value with a straightforward and effective strategy – cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset.
In her webinar, Essential Leadership Skills Needed For Long-Term Success she breaks down her game plan on how CEOs can encourage everyone in their organization – including themselves – to develop an entrepreneurial mindset using five key points.
Self-Awareness and Self-Management: 2 Key Elements To Hone Your Leadership Skills
To know what kind of leader you are, you have to know what kind of person you are first. Observe your emotions and learn what your triggers are in different situations.
Instead of labeling them as positive or negative, focus on how to anticipate them. Create a plan on how you could respond differently to lead your team effectively.
Connect With People, Not Just The Work
For a business to thrive, you need to form a strong connection with your employees. Remember, not everything needs to be about work to get work done. When they can connect with you as a person, they are likely to invest more creative energy into making the business better.
Demonstrate Authority Without Being Authoritative
Knowing when and how to delegate is what great leaders do. Leaders challenge, not micromanage. Designating check-ins and milestones for projects shows your team you trust them to fulfill their tasks without you hovering over them. This encourages employees to share their ideas and take risks, which leads to innovation.
Even the best of leaders sometimes fail to commit out of fear. At times like these, you need to remind yourself that you can lose more in a moment of indecision than when you do make one. You should also be able to clearly communicate your expectations to your team so that everyone is putting all their effort towards the same goal.
The long and short of it is that, if you want to be effective as a leader, you need to commit to following the same rules you set for your team members. Not only are you showing them a picture of accountability, but you also gain their respect as a leader in the process.
Lights, Camera, Action (Plan)!
1. Cool Runnings (1993)
Very loosely based on the real-life story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team, as they fight against all the odds to win at the 1988 Winter Olympics, what Cool Runnings can teach CEOs is the importance of lifelong learning.
In the film, the athletes transitioned from running track to bobsledding under former Olympian Irv Blitzer (John Candy). In real life, the team was recruited from the Army and trained under the guidance of coaches from the US and Austria.
At work, these experts can be the youngest members of your team. As Cindy points out, Millennials have a lot to teach their CEOs. She says she too has learned from her younger staff, especially when it comes to technology and social media.
Finding creative solutions to the challenges posed by the changes happening in the marketplace, workplace, and available technology, is only possible if a CEO is committed to lifelong professional development.
Because the moment you stop learning is the moment your business stops growing.
2. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
This movie shows the different ways in which a CEO can relate to his employees to benefit the team.
While some may argue that the Ducks got better because of their training, it’s actually because Coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) started getting to know his team – both as players and as kids.
By interacting with his players, he was able to identify what they needed to become better. He scouted new players, secured funding for new equipment, and invested time in their training for them to compete at a higher level.
Take, for example, this research by the University of Kansas, found that because of the different set of expectations placed by society on women based solely on their gender, female journalists have higher burnout rates than their male counterparts.
In the study, women journalists also mentioned that the lack of support from their organization to perform at their best contributes to the high attrition rate for women in their field.
As a CEO, the ability to identify problems specific to women in your workforce allows you enact policy changes to make their working conditions better. Resulting in a more gender-diverse company, which translates to a 41% increase in your bottom line.
However, as Cindy points out in her webinar, a leader must also be able to draw (and keep!) the line between your personal and professional relationship with your employees. So she recommends connecting with your team either through mentorship programs or team building activities.
This concludes Part 1 of this 2 Part Series, Reel To Reel: be on the look out for Part 2 Next! And if this article has you reelin’ for more on leadership skills development, head on over to the original webinar featuring Cindy Anderson’s Leadership Traits For Long Term Success here!