18 Must-See Movies To Extract Leadership & Management Lessons From

By Paul Keijzer

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Watching movies is a great way to unwind, relax and be entertained. Sometimes, however, movies can provide us learning opportunities, particularly in the area of leadership and management. Here are some of the movies I’ve watched over the years and from which I extracted plenty of insights and learning.

1. The Social Network (2010)

What struck me about this movie was that if you can identify a need that isn’t being satisfied, what you have is an opportunity on your hands. What steps you take next to grow that novel idea is your journey towards success or failure. In this case, it was a huge success based on self-belief. This movie captures the true challenges entrepreneurs of today face.

2. Wall Street (1987)

“Greed is good” – well at least Gordon Gekko says it is. Staged in the backdrop of the biggest and most famous stock market in the world, Wall Street touches upon a dilemma we all face at some point in our careers. Do we stay true to our values, principles and ethics? Or do we give into the wealth and power that we can possibly achieve?

3. The Big Short (2010)

This movie, about the 2008 financial crisis, has been hailed by many as the best movie about the business world. It explains the complexities and jargon of the financial world with such simplicity that anyone can understand and appreciate it. And as you make sense of what’s going on in the financial world your alarm bells will start sounding off as you sit in awe and bewilderment.

4. 12 Angry Men (1957)

The courtroom drama may not provide you management lessons in a way you expect it to, however, there’s much to extract from it. Largely, the movie emphasizes on key characteristics that business leaders essentially must portray, such as persuasion, group decision making and consensus-building.

5. Up In The Air (2009)

This one’s probably one of the few movies out there that HR professionals can truly appreciate and relate to. Letting go of people isn’t easy and that’s one of the reminders we get from George Clooney’s character. But more than that, it’s a reminder to all leaders that organizations aren’t just about complex and advanced processes and technology – they’re about people.

6. Other People’s Money (1991)

Corporate control is like a charging bull – you don’t want to be caught sleeping in its path. This movie highlights the struggles faced when corporate giants overpower smaller companies, particularly in hostile takeovers.

7. Working Girl (1988)

Integrity, honesty and authenticity can go a long way – in fact it can be your saving grace. And that’s what this movie showcases so well. Doesn’t matter what role you play in your organization (in this case it’s about a secretary), we all can learn much about staying true to ourselves from this movie.

8. Invictus (2009)

There are few movies that truly capture and shine with the essence of what inspirational leadership is all about, and what it can achieve. This one’s the perfect example of bold, inspirational and transformational Go to the full article.

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