HOW CAN ONE STRIVE TO BE A LEADER?
We continue our exploration of leadership lessons from Oscar-winning Best Pictures with this week’s offering Platoon. It was a very personal film for Stone, having served in Vietnam, he wrote the screenplay as a response to what he saw as the inaccurate propaganda from John Wayne’s film The Green Berets. It is the story of an idealist volunteer, Taylor, who wanted to see what war was like. There is a ROTC trained Second Lieutenant, Wolfe but the platoon is run by two lifers, Sergeants Barnes (the bad one) and Elias (the good one). Stone also won Best Director and the film won two additional Oscars for Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
In this episode, Richard Lummis and I consider the leadership lessons from the movie The King’s Speech, which is the story of King George VII, known as ‘Bertie’ in the royal family, in historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays the future King George VI who, to overcome a stammer, seeks assistance from Lionel Logue, an Australian speech and language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. The men become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new king relies on Logue to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.
We are back with more leadership lessons from Oscar-winning Best Picture movies and today’s offering is the 1981 film Chariots of Fire 1981. It relates the based-on-fact story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice. The film was directed by Hugh Hudson. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film is also notable for its memorable electronic theme tune by Vangelis, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Its principal stars were Ben Cross and Ian Charleson starred as Abrahams and Liddell, alongside with Ian Holm as Sam Mussabini, Abrahams coach. We will consider leadership lessons for these three characters.