Movies are an excellent way to unwind, relax, and be delighted. Movies, on the other hand, can teach us valuable lessons about leadership and management. Over the years, here are some of the movies I’ve viewed that have provided me with a wealth of knowledge and insight.
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1. The Social Network (2010)
In this film, I learned that if you can identify a need that isn’t being met, you have an opportunity to fulfill it. Your path to success or failure will be determined by the following measures you take to develop that new idea. According to one’s own self-belief, it was a massive success in this case. This film portrays the real struggles that today’s entrepreneurs confront
2. Wall Street (1987)
Apparently, Gordon Gekko believes that “Greed is good.” Wall Street, set against the backdrop of the world’s largest and most recognizable stock exchange, explores an issue that we all face at some point in our professional lives. Do we uphold the morals and ethics we profess? Or do we succumb to the temptations of wealth and power?
3. The Big Short (2010)
The 2008 financial crisis-themed film has been acclaimed as one of the best business movies ever made. It’s easy to comprehend and appreciate the financial complexities and jargon explained in such a straightforward manner. Your alarm bells will start ringing as you try to make sense of the financial world, and you will sit there dumbfounded and in amazement.
4. 12 Angry Men (1957)
There’s a lot to learn from the courtroom drama, even if it doesn’t teach you management in the way you think. Persuasion, group decision-making, and consensus-building are some of the important attributes that corporate leaders must exhibit.
5. Up In The Air (2009)
One of the few movies that HR workers can actually understand and connect to is this one: As George Clooney’s character reminds us, it’s not simple to let go of people. Aside from that, it serves as a reminder to all executives that organizations are about people as much as they are about complicated procedures and cutting-edge technology.
6. Other People’s Money (1991)
You don’t want to be caught napping in the path of a charging bull when it comes to corporate power. This film depicts the difficulties faced by smaller businesses when they are overpowered by corporate giants, particularly in hostile takeovers.
7. Working Girl (1988)
It’s possible that maintaining your sense of morality and honesty will prove to be your greatest asset in the long run. To a great degree, that’s what this film demonstrates. No matter what position you have in your company (in this case, that of a secretary), we can all benefit from the lessons in this film about remaining loyal to oneself.
8. Invictus (2009)
Only a handful of films have managed to capture and illuminate the essence of what inspiring leadership is all about and what it is capable of. Leadership in action: this one’s a fantastic illustration of daring and transformative.
9. Norma Rae (1979)
The best thing about leadership is that it doesn’t necessarily come from the person at the top of the hierarchy. When she worked at a textile plant, Norma Rae led the charge in pushing for better working conditions and taking the struggle to the top. This real story depicts a woman’s struggle to maintain a work-life balance while also taking the lead in attempts to build a stronger union.
10. Moneyball (2011)
My favorite part of Brad Pitt’s portrayal of this real-life story is how he defies expectations and does things his way. It was pure genius, thanks to the young economist he hired, to turn a struggling baseball team into a winner through statistical analysis and probabilities. Good business techniques should be replaced by antiquated methods.
11. The Aviator (2004)
As a small business, you’ll need to think outside the box and take a lot of risks in order to compete with the big boys in the field. This film honors Howard Hughes’ illustrious career as a business magnate and illustrates his unwavering dedication to his goals.
12. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
To sum up, this film is all about staying the course and never giving up on one’s dreams. While the tribulations of Will Smith’s Chris Gardner make the movie a genuine tearjerker, it also serves as a poignant reminder of how important it is to find work and how such moments of accomplishment are frequently overlooked despite their importance.
13. The Insider (1999)
One science researcher found out the hard way that taking against the large tobacco businesses might be difficult when it comes to blowing the whistle. To learn how ‘doing the right thing’ may be nerve-racking when you’re up against corporate titans, read this true story of bravery and courage.
14. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
If you’re interested in (or work in) sales, this is the course for you. Sales occupations can (but do not have to) be aggressive, sarcastic, and brutal. If you’re trying to boost sales, this film will show you how to do it the wrong way.
15. Thank You For Smoking (2005)
When your professional duties conflict with your personal values and views, it might be difficult to perform your duties. Nick Taylor, on the other hand, is an exception. “Everybody’s got to pay the mortgage,” he asserted. To help him sleep at night, the tobacco industry’s public face tells himself exactly that.
16. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
One of the quickest ways to get yourself into problems is to take your cues from those involved in unethical actions or leaders. Nonetheless, the narrative of Jordan Belfort goes well beyond that. A charismatic leader has the power to move mountains and inspire his or her team to success. We simply need to exercise caution when selecting the leaders with whom we will be collaborating.
17. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Movies like this one will bring back fond memories of working under a demanding or even evil manager. The character of Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep, serves as a cautionary tale about how not to conduct oneself as a leader in the presence of impressionable subordinates.
18. Office Space (1999)
However, in between the laughter, this cult classic focuses on the real-life difficulties encountered by workers. This film has it all: alienation, marginalization, underappreciation, awful bosses who think they know everything, layoffs, and employee concerns.
Do you know of any movies that teach leadership and management skills? So that we can all enjoy them, feel free to add to this list.
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