Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tip#702: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 1 – Ender’s Game

I was a true geek in high school having had an overflowing passion for Sci Fi movies and TV shows and superhero comic books. And only after looking back at photos of myself did I realize how nerdy and skinny I looked! I just never saw myself like that. I saw myself as an enthusiastic leader who ended up being the editor-in-chief for the high school yearbook AND valedictorian of my graduating year.

I was reminded of my high school years after seeing the film Ender’s Game and how the young hero first appears scrawny and not someone you’d immediately follow into battle. So I’m not totally immune to first impressions but my thoughts were quickly transformed as the hero demonstrated a keen mind AND an inner strength that was beyond his years!

Ender’s Game (2013)

The science fiction action film, Ender’s Game, is about a young cadet named Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) who demonstrates outstanding leadership abilities and strategic thinking. He is recruited to an advanced military academy by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) in order to battle an alien race that attacked Earth years before. The special effects and visuals are fantastic as are all the performances from Ender and his fellow cadets. See: movie trailer

Ender was an inspiring movie hero because I felt a calm confidence from him and he possessed many skill sets such as strategic thinking, people skills and great courage. At one point I stopped seeing Ender as a youth and just saw him as an outstanding leader who effectively commanded his team.

Ender’s Game is a surprisingly effective movie demonstrating great leadership and inspiring teamwork that is also very entertaining. Highly recommended for young and old!

Related Tips:
Tip#604: Recognize Great Leaders - Lincoln
Tip#702: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 1 – Ender’s Game
Tip#766: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 2 - How to Train Your Dragon 2
Tip#882: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 3 - The Towering Inferno
Tip#926: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 4 - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
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B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

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Candice Frederick said...

wow. i'm so glad you got something really great out of this. i haven't seen it yet, but i do plan to.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Thanks Candice. Somehow I didn't expect much from Ender's Game because none of the posters, promos or trailers hooked me. I've seen it twice already!