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Movies for Leadership Learning

Who doesn’t love a good movie?  Watching movies can be great ways to learn leadership lessons, and for most people, it’s faster than reading a book.  (As a book lover and a writer, of course, I weep as I write that last bit.)  It can also be a great group activity, since everyone watches it at the same time, as opposed to reading material, when some participants will finish much faster than others. Here are some of my favorites.

Ice Cold in Alex  1958

This b&w 1958 British film is hard to find on this side of the pond, which is a shame.  I was fortunate to see it while we lived in the UK, and I was glued to the screen.  The main character is shepherding a small group 600 miles across the North African desert during WWII.  His motivation is the ice cold beer he’ll have when they reach Alexandria, Egypt.  But they run across one obstacle after another.  The scene with the truck and the sand dune is a heartbreaker.  It’s a great look at a small team under extreme stress.  And of course, the motivating power of a cold beer.