The Leadership Academy Award Goes To...
There’s something fundamental about storytelling. It’s the way we process and experience life events. Stories resonate with us, down to an unconscious level. We learn best through stories. History is passed down through stories. And this Sunday, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences will award the Oscar to the best “story” in film of the past year. Having seen all of the Best Picture nominees, one story stands out for me. Not because it was the most intriguing or creative (my vote for that category goes to Inception) but because it has the most to teach us about leadership. The film is The King’s Speech.
The story is about the Duke of York who was unexpectedly thrust into leading England when his brother abdicated the throne. It is the brink of WWII, radio mass media is taking off and he has a debilitating stutter. He’s expected to lead the country to war and that means being connected to his people. But he can’t speak. The film tells the remarkable and true story of a man who battled to find his voice, for his country and the world. There are classic themes of heroism imbedded throughout the movie. Here are some parallels that might relate to you and your practice.
Lesson #1: Sometimes we have to accept the role of leadership - even when we don’t want to.
Lesson #2: Don’t be afraid of showing imperfections. They are our humanity.
Lesson #3: Confidence is a fickle thing. Let others provide help.
Lesson #4: Never give up.
Lesson #5: If you're serious, get a coach.
Ballots for the 83rd Academy Awards are being tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The auditors maintain absolute secrecy until the moment the show’s presenters open the envelopes and reveal the winners on live TV. Whether the King’s Speech takes home the grand prize remains to be seen. But its leadership messages are no secret, and they are timeless.
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