Friday, 20 February 2015

Big leadership

Big Hero 6 is a fun movie with some excellent animation and some good twists and turns in the story. You know it is going to have a happy ending but the movie goer is left wondering quite how that will come about.

It is a successful blend of buddy movie and scifi which will charm you and make you laugh. It had moments of pathos as well to let you pretend you are not just seeing it for the gags. For an animation of this kind, the narrative is strong enough (just) to maintain interest while delivering some chortles along the way. It is a big marshmallow of a film.

For me the leadership theme is this movie is all about finding the hidden (and not hidden, as well) talents in people: no matter how 'geeky' or weird or whatever they might appear. Good leaders know that everyone has that 'something' that with the right application, desire, sometimes technology and encouragement can be unleashed.

This is a film about how 'ordinary' people are enabled, persuaded and supported to become extraordinary. We all have a superhero inside us. The mark of a great leader is someone who can help people believe in that. Leadership is not about 'me', it is always about 'you'...

How do you approach the challenge of helping someone discover their 'superhero' inside?

This is the seventy fourth of my 2014/2015 series of blogs about leadership ideas to be found in the movies of our time. You can read here as why I began doing this (with an update at the end of 2014). Please subscribe to this blog if you want to read more. Thanks. Click the label 'film' to see all the others.

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