Movies Can Teach Leaders Cannes-Do Attitude

The best leadership movies…you’re likely thinking right now, “can anything about leadership actually be learned by watching movies?” You bet. I was recently asked for my opinion about which movies I felt were the top leadership movies of all time. After thinking about my answer for a few minutes, I realized that, while not all leaders are fans of cinema, all leaders can certainly learn valuable leadership lessons by watching movies with a critical and discerning eye. You’ve probably surmised by now that this week’s column is not going to be a real brain-teaser. However, it will nonetheless offer you the opportunity for leadership development. While the most natural leaders possess a large number of innate qualities and characteristics, the best leaders refine their leadership skills over time through a variety of learned behaviors, experiences, and activities. There are certainly more academic, substantive, and challenging ways to acquire leadership insights, but you’ll find few methods of learning more enjoyable than popcorn and a movie. I must confess to being a bit of a movie buff, so when it came to putting together a list of top leadership movies it didn’t take too long to come up with the following list of favorites (in no particular order of preference): 1. Braveheart 2. Remember The Titans3. 3004. The Last Castle 5. Schindler’s List6. Lord of the Flies 7. Apollo 138. We Were Soldiers9. Pistol Pete10. Miracle11. Saving Private Ryan12. Amazing Grace13. Hoosiers14.. Chariots of Fire15. To Hell and Back16. The Alamo17. The Last of the Mohicans 18. K19 Widow Maker19. The Mission20. The Green Berets21. Dead Poets Society22. Glengarry Glen Ross23. Mr. Holland’s Opus24. Glory Road25. The Shawshank Redemption 26. Twelve O’clock High27. Band of Brothers28. Ben-Hur29. Blackhawk Down30. Rocky31. The Longest Day32. Rudy33. The Lion King34. Passion of Christ35. Men of Honor36. The Last Samurai37. Deliverance38. The Patriot39. Bridge Over The River Kwai40. The Guardian41. The Ten Commandments If you feel something has been left off the list, which I’m sure is the case, please let me know and I’ll add it. Enjoy!