It’s often said that leaders are born. However, if you are someone who has limited leadership skills yet has been recently asked to manage a team, here are some of the top movies that you can watch to have a better taste of the various aspects of leadership:
Apollo 13 (1955):
Ron Howard, the celebrated director, has directed this space docudrama movie. It accurately captures the abortion of NASA’s mission to the moon in April 1970, conveying beautifully the importance of leaders to come together during a crisis and work towards a common goal.
As the story unfolds, the characters are seen collaborating in the face of impending danger. Howard also brings into focus the significance of brief communication while handling a crisis effectively.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957):
Directed by David Lean, this is based on the novel of the same name by Pierre Boulle. The story talks about two diametrically opposite leadership styles of British Colonel Nicholson, played by Alec Guinness, and Colonel Saito, played by Sessue Hayakawa.
While Colonel Nicholson commands civility and respect, Colonel Saito practices brutal dictatorship. The movie takes you through various management approaches and shows how each of them delivers a different result.
12 Angry Men (1957):
This much-loved and popular courtroom drama movie is an adaptation of a teleplay by Reginald Rose. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film revolves around 12 jurors and their decisions concerning a murder trial.
It showcases how an individual’s background, ideologies, and perceptions impact his or her ability to make rational decisions. The film also talks about the importance of analyzing a situation patiently to reach the most positive solution.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006):
This film by Gabriele Muccino centers around the life of Christopher Gardener, portrayed by Will Smith. Inspired by a real story, the movie traces the journey of the lead character through professional failures, marital discord, financial struggles, and fatherhood.
It unfurls Christopher’s character who despite facing disappointments and deadlocks repeatedly in life, turns around each time to carve out a better destiny for himself.
Directed by Bennett Miller, this is a sports drama film based on the book named ‘Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game’ by Michael Lewis. The movie is about Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) who devise computer-generated methods to form a competitive baseball team featuring young and bright talents.
The film can be viewed as a symbolic representation of how current corporate practices are relevant and appropriate in place of old and outdated methods.
A masterpiece by Steven Spielberg starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the leading role, this movie brings history alive through its apt portrayal of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President.
The movie successfully captures the various events in Lincoln’s life, with special attention to his character, leadership skills, and his power of communication. This Spielberg movie is an absolute storehouse of wisdom offering a plethora of valuable lessons for leaders