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Tue, 2017-06-06 11:05 -- scott

Last Friday night I took my wife to opening night of Wonder Woman.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.  Our office has been talking about the movie quite a bit this week so I decided to have a little fun and write an article on  lessons business leaders can learn from Diane, Princess of Themyscira.  **No Spoilers**


1. Start with the end in mind

When Princess Diane leaves the beautiful Island of Paradise she has grown up on for the "hideous London", she has a single purpose—destroy Ares, the God of War.  That was it.  Throughout her stay in London and beyond she kept coming back to her original purpose which guided what her next step would be.  While she did make some time to free a French town from oppression, she immediately course corrected and focused on finding Ares.

Not only did this give Wonder Woman purpose, it gave the film direction and produced an interesting and compelling narrative.  We love to see a hero who relentlessly pursues their mission with a single-minded focus. 

It’s important as leaders to be focused.  Start with your end in mind.  At my organization, I oversee the sales team.  Behind my desk is a real-time dashboard that displays the monthly, quarterly, and yearly progress towards our monthly, quarterly and yearly company goals.  It’s the first thing I see when I get to the office and the last thing I see when I leave.  This year we have hit our sales goals five months in a row and are on track to hit June as well.

“I don’t care how much power, brilliance, or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”  --Zig Ziglar

Does Diane Prince achieve her goal?  You’ll have to see the movie.  But let’s just say her focus and determination is exciting to watch. 



2. Develop Your Talent

The Island of Themyscira is inhabited exclusively by the “Amazonian women”—a group of women warriors put in place by Zeus to protect the world.  The women spend their days training for the time when their skills will be needed in battle.  Diane, a girl with talent and potential, is raised by these warrior women and receives her training from the chief captain of the army.  The chief captain personally trains and mentors Diane.  She is not easy on Diane—providing rigorous and challenging role play training exercises.  Recognizing Diane's talent, the captain trains her harder than any Amazon warrior before her. 

The result is Diane becomes the best of them.  Her skill in battle is unmatched and her will to overcome is unparalleled.  In the struggle to keep up with her mentor, Diane’s true powers start to emerge.  But without that struggle, the powers very well might have remained dormant. 

Vince Lombardi said, “Leaders are made, they are not born.  They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwile.”

A message to leaders: Develop your Talent

Top talent needs to be developed.  It’s not enough to simply bring talent on your team and hope they become great on their own.  You need to train, mentor, push, coax, and demand the best from your people.  Otherwise, the true potential might never arise.


3. Be Good

One of the defining characteristics of Wonder Woman is she is good.   In a defining moment in her life (and a highlight of the movie) Diane crosses the “uncrossable” no mans land in World War I to do something good and help others. 

It’s what I came here for”, was her response to those who tried (for safety reasons) to dissuade her from coming out of the trench. 

When good leadership is in place, it can be felt throughout the entire organization.  The result of good leadership is high morale, good employee retention, and sustainable long-term success.

My son is on a wrestling team where the head coach is a good man.  Jeff Jayne is an Idaho State Trooper by day, wrestling coach extraordinaire by night.  In the wrestling room he is a positive and fun role model for the kids.  At tournaments he is a positive role model for his assistant coaches as well as the coaches on the opposing side.  After every match Jeff walks across “no mans land” to shake hands with the opposing coach.  He hugs the opposing wrestler, shakes hands with the opposing coaches, and builds everybody up.  In a sport where tempers and passion can flare, this behavior by coach Jeff has a positive effect on all involved.  That effect has been felt by all the parents, kids, and coaches on the team.  It’s no wonder (hee hee) that Jeff’s wrestling club has grown from three to thirty in one season. 

Wonder Woman’s goodness trickles down to the members of her team; all of whom become better human beings as a result of her example.  Wonder Woman shows us that you can be a ruthless warrior, and yet at the same time a compassionate, loving, good person at the same time.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, get tickets tonight.  Check out the trailer below.


Scott Galloway
Program Director
LeapFox Learning