Movie theaters have always been a source of inspiration. As Hithcock used to say: “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”
Watching a movie is always a good occasion to explore human behaviorin many situations. In front of the screen we become spectators, but we identify ourselves with the characters that we feel are similar to us. That’s why movies are a source to be drawn from for tomorrow’s leaders.
Let’s see together 3 movies that talk about 3 different kinds of leaderships, which we can take as examples.
Good Will Hunting
Will is an underappreciated genius, a talent that will find his way thanks to the brilliant psychologist Sean, a real leader, capable of showing him the right way through sincerity, his life experiences and the conviction that imperfections are what make us unique. The cult quote is: “To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”
Dead Poets Society
John is a literature professor that with his teachings will change his students’ life. He’s not a dictating authority figure, he shows his leadership by charming with his charisma. He teaches the importance of being brave with your own ideas. The cult quote is: “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; and this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying”.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Jordan Belfort, as a simple salesman, builds a successful holding company up in an unstoppable vortex, which makes all of his employees rich. Leonardo di Caprio’s extraordinary charisma best represents a kind of leadership to be studied: the ability of putting together, creating, managing and motivating a team.
There are a lot of movies that show different kinds of leaderships. We all remember the motivational speech that the coach took in the locker room in “Any Given Sunday” or the naïve Forrest Gump who wins strangers over by telling them great things of his life.