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Archive: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Reader Poll: What Is the Best Leadership Movie?

It's your turn: Choose from among our nominations to vote for the best leadership movie.

By Andrea Useem | February 19, 2009; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (5)

Surprising Student Votes

Undergraduates in Warren Bennis's USC class on leadership cast their votes for best leadership films: "Soul Food," "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," and "Harry Potter."

By Warren Bennis | February 18, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

Quick Votes

Panelists offer their nominations, including "Ike," "Erin Brockovich" and "Billy Budd."

By Ben Bradlee and Steve Pearlstein | February 18, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

"Slumdog" Street Lessons

"Slumdog" is the story of a true survivor who draws on his experiences and lessons learned from the streets to overcome obstacles and rescue the love of his life.

By Alan M. Webber | February 18, 2009; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Miracle" and Others

"Miracle," "Remember the Titans," "Twelve O'Clock High" and "Citizen Kane" are four brilliant films that each show a different type of leadership.

By Michael Maccoby | February 18, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wilberforce's "Amazing Grace"

Little seen but well reviewed,"Amazing Grace" is a superb movie on a lifetime of leadership with massive results -- the ending of the slave trade.

By Bob Buford | February 17, 2009; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shawshank's Leader

In Andy Dufresne of "Shawshank Redemption," we find a man who could have chosen to spend his life as an angry prisoner, yet actively decided to shape his surroundings rather than being shaped by them.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | February 17, 2009; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leadership the "Pulp Fiction" Way

Harvey Keitel's role in "Pulp Fiction," when he tells John Travolta and Samuel Jackson how to dispose of a body, is a model for leadership under pressure.

By Seth Goldman | February 17, 2009; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Many Faces of "Gandhi"

Richard Attenborough's 1982 film "Gandhi" shows there is no one single characteristic of leadership. Rather, a great leader is made from a confluence of great traits.

By Yash Gupta | February 17, 2009; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Ingredients of "Milk"

Sean Penn's character, Harvey Milk, had all the necessary ingredients of remarkable leadership: He was a terrific recruiter who sensed that the people he was fighting for needed, most of all, respect.

By Warren Bennis | February 17, 2009; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Inspiration of "Gandhi"

The film reminds us that leadership is not reserved for only a few generals, senators, prime ministers, presidents, or CEOs. Leadership can also emerge from someone who is, as Gandhi himself put it, "the change you want to see in the world."

By Jim Kouzes | February 17, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Soldiers of "Glory"

The movie, about the first all-black unit in the Civil War, shows us a group of soldiers who join a dangerous enterprise for many reasons but stay together for each other and in service of a greater good.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | February 17, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

"We Happy Few"

Henry V's memorable St. Crispin's Day speech, which came to life through actor Kenneth Branagh, offers us lessons for facing today's economic crisis.

By Ken Adelman | February 17, 2009; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Master and Commander" Lessons

I agree with Gen. Walt Ulmer that we can learn everything we need to know about small-unit leadership from Patrick O'Brien's novels, represented on-screen by "Master and Commander."

By George Reed | February 17, 2009; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (3)

Juror Number Eight

Do you need to change the minds of the people around you? Even President Obama might learn something from watching "Twelve Angry Men."

By Howard Gardner | February 17, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Twelve Angry Men"

"Juror Eight" took heat from his peers, ignored personal attacks and held steady under enormous criticism, all in the service of mobilizing people in the service of something he believed deeply.

By Marty Linsky | February 17, 2009; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Henry V"

Henry V showed us how kings lead -- they are "The Deciders" -- but modern democratic leaders face many more constraints.

By Mickey Edwards | February 17, 2009; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

Maturing with "12 O'Clock High"

As a junior officer, I couldn't relate to Gregory Peck's portrayal of General Frank Savage. When I became a leader myself, I learned from his struggle to balance his own needs as a person with his responsibilities as a leader.

By Bob Schoultz | February 17, 2009; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

In Debt to "I.O.U.S.A"

The movie demonstrates that the biggest deficit the United States has is a leadership one.

By David Walker | February 17, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Losing the Way on "The River Kwai"

Sir Alec Guinness' character in the movie shows how leaders can become so obsessed with reaching their goal that they can lose their humanity along the way.

By Marshall Goldsmith | February 17, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

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