Reading management textbooks or attending classes are not the only way to learn. Sources of learning should not be limited- exploring and learning is the best way to gain knowledge. Something as mundane as watching a movie has the potential of teaching issues of profound relevance.
The heroic stories of great leaders, who have fought against all odds and overcome them, have stood tall and victorious in the end. Real life is nowhere close to reel life, but there is no reason why movies can’t be educational. The way a character is portrayed in a movie has the power to inspire the audience to incorporate some of their traits and passion in our own work and daily life.
In the movie Moneyball, Brad Pitt played the role of Billy Beane who had the courage to defy conventional ways and was not afraid to stick out his neck so that the underdogs would have a chance to fight. The character of Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird exhibited a strong sense of dignity that never wavered. The quality of a good leader projected in these movies are worthy of emulation. Team work is another trait which is demonstrated in movies like Remember the Titans, The Great Escape, Glory and Miracle with much finesse and are classic examples of exemplary teamwork.
A good leader is one who has the ability to connect with the team and motivate them. Motivation through speech is a skill and some movies have beautifully captured this sentiment. Mel Gibson in Braveheart, Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society, Sylvester Stallone in Rocky lV and Mathew McConaughey in We Are Marshall are highly motivational speeches which have impacted the audience. Incorporating these attributes can help any team and encourage them to work better.
Movies can be entertaining as well as educative. They are powerful tools to teach organizational behavior and management. Welingkar’s Distance Learning Division believes that there is no method more effective than driving home a point through Movie Learning workshops conducted on a regular basis. Watch, review and discuss movies while learning something interesting.
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