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Sometimes it takes just one good movie to turn your life around and make you want to become a better person, a more successful entrepreneur, a more loving spouse. Indeed, some movies are so great that they can truly change your life and teach you many important things no books can teach. Today we will talk about movies that best illustrate masterful leadership in action. You can use them to improve your own skills or teach your employees about leadership principles.

Do not get me wrong: books on how to be a successful leader are nice too, but they cannot match the effect some well-made films produce. Here are eight wonderful movies that can offer useful leadership tips and inspiration to anyone. Though they are not directly related to the world of business and big money, these films can show you how strong and powerful a man can be if he is truly passionate about something:

  • Dead Poets Society

    A moving story of a schoolteacher who encourages his students to live their lives to the fullest and enjoy every moment of every day. His lessons are brought to the test when a horrible tragedy strikes, and one of his students commits a suicide.

  • The Blind Side

    The Blind Side is another film based on the true story of Michael Oher, a traumatized and lonely boy, who is adopted by a caring woman and groomed to become one of the best football players in his high school.

  • Braveheart

    The film tells a story of a Scottish highlander, William Wallace, who sacrifices his life to save the people of Scotland from the oppression of a tyrant. He encourages his fellow-warriors to fight against the cruel English king who is determined to enslave the country. Not only, does this film shows us how one person can inspire the army but also how one idea can solidate people of different origins and different beliefs.

  • Twelve Angry Men

    It is a simple but surprisingly powerful leadership movie about influence and tolerance. This 1957 film is set in a jury room where a dissenting member of the jury manages to swing the decision of a whole room of men.

  • Coach Carter

    Coach Carter is based on the true story of Ken Carter, who benches the whole basketball team for their poor academic results. This movie illustrates the challenges of leadership and coaching and the importance of setting high standards in everything you do.

  • 300

    300 men from Sparta manage to hold off a million advancing Persian forces. The film shows us how you sometimes have to make unpopular decisions to do the right thing, but it also demonstrates that all leaders have to pay their price.

  • The Guardian

    A high school swim champion and a troubled young man enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard’s “A” School where Ben Randall, a legendary rescue swimmer, teaches him important life lessons about love, self-sacrifice and loss.

  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump is an influential movie about how simple and amazing our life can be if stripped of all ambitions, greed, and jealousy. It also shows that one man who does not pretend to be better than he is can achieve great things. It is a beautiful story that can teach us integrity and the importance of just being ourselves.

It is important to remember that this list is not here for artistic value but to serve as an example of movies you can extract leadership principles from.



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