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Alan M. Webber

Alan M. Webber

Alan Webber, a founding editor of Fast Company magazine, is an award-winning editor, author, and columnist. His most recent book is Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Yourself.

"Slumdog" Street Lessons

The envelope please!

And the winner for best leadership example in a film is... Slumdog Millionaire!

Why? Because our hero (played by Dev Patel) is a true Level 5 leader in the best tradition of Good to Great. He's not in it for himself unlike, say, Richard M. Nixon. He doesn't have more snakes in his head than Medusa! No, he has a lofty goal, a purpose outside his own ego: he wants to rescue his own true love! What could be more selfless than that?

And his techniques and tactics? A true survivor, he draws on his own experiences and lessons learned from the streets to overcome the obstacles that the protectors of the status quo -- the villains of power and manipulation -- put in his path. He trusts his instincts, believes in himself and the nobility of his cause, and demonstrates the skills that true leaders need to have. He is comfortable with who he is despite his lowly origins, is confident that he can beat the system, and knows that he is deserving simply because of the higher purpose he is serving.

And now, here to accept this award on behalf of Slumdog Millionaire... Barack Obama!

By Alan M. Webber

 |  February 18, 2009; 10:28 AM ET
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