Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tip#926: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 4 - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

A few years ago I heard about Telus President and CEO Darren Entwistle having his managers watch the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World for several reasons. One of which was for leadership lessons the reason being, "true leadership is evidenced in periods of duress rather than just periods when it's convenient." Read more: Globe & Mail article

Since then I was inspired to explore how I could fit in the corporate world to give my Motivatorman motivational talks on how movies inspire leadership, teamwork, resilience and indestructible optimism in the workplace. That led me to the HRPA Annual Conference where I’d meet helpful people and organizations at the trade show who gave me encouraging feedback on my niche with movie lessons.


At the recent 2016 HRPA Conference & Trade Show I continued to meet many individuals who were excited about my speaking services around films. One highlight was meeting Ildi Arlette, President, CEO and Founder of Women in Leadership & Business Conference and Born to Lead Youth Leadership Conference. She was a fellow movie fan and loved the work I was doing! In turn, I was inspired by her story of passion and perseverance in creating her successful conferences. She was an excellent example of great leadership!

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

The historical drama film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, is about Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) of the British warship HMS Surprise and his mission to pursue an enemy ship during the Napoleonic Wars in 1805. This epic adventure features outstanding examples of leadership and teamwork with strong performances by Crowe as well as Paul Bettany, James D’Arcy, Max Pirkis and Billy Boyd. See: movie trailer


Captain Aubrey demonstrates a stellar list of leadership qualities that include inspiring and motivating his officers and crew to be their very best especially in seemingly hopeless situations. He also embodies the seven qualities of great leaders and executives as outlined by Brian Tracy, top sales, management and business success trainer, author and speaker...

• Vision
• Courage
• Integrity
• Humility
• Strategic Planning
• Focus
• Cooperation

Movies are a fantastic resource for lessons in leadership and teamwork in the workplace. Films can be valuable, creative tools to inspire a vision of what an outstanding leader looks like and the positive results they can achieve. There are many great leadership examples in cinema. What are some of your favourites?

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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