Can leadership films teach you on your development journey, the same way that books can?

I’ve shared before about my recommended leadership biographies. But what about leadership biopics? What are the top three leadership films, that you can watch to learn some great habits?

I’ve probably not watched as many biopics as I have read biographies. But here’s my top suggestions.

Steve Jobs: I love this film. Maybe because I love the leadership lessons to be learned from Steve Jobs. But this is a brilliant depiction of his flaws and strengths.

Amazing Grace: As a fan of Wilberforce this is also a great re-telling of the great man’s struggle, against his Commons enemies, against illness and against constant defeats, to finally prevail in the campaign to abolish the slave trade.

Invictus: Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon star in this tale of Nelson Mandela’s time in office. It offers some brilliant leadership lessons to be learned from the elderly Mandela, and the young Francois Pienar (captain of South African rugby team).

Some other great biopics I’ve enjoyed and learned lots from are also The Hurricane, Ghandi and Lincoln. But the above are my top three leadership films.

Mark Williamson works as a director of One Rock. He’s an experienced leadership trainer, author of biographies on John Wesley and William Wilberforce, and is also passionate about praying for London. He enjoys good films, good food, and going for long walks with his wife Joanna. You can follow him on Twitter @markonerock.

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