Six Leadership Lesson from Ender’s Game movie

I have watched this movie “Ender’s game” for 5 times and still amazed on its storyline. The movie is based on the book Ender’s Game, was first written in 1985.

In fact, the leadership skills displayed by Ender Wiggin have been so influential that the book has several times appeared on military college reading lists to provide examples of leadership. And while not everything Ender used is applicable to every day life – we’re not all soldiers, after all – there are 6 leadership lessons from the book that can guide us in our organizations and businesses :

“Ender Wiggin: In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him”
To conquer the market, you must understand your market landscape and your competition completely, you’ll be obsessed to know every single details of competitors from their internal organization to their strategy and tactical pattern.

“Mazer Rackham: There is no teacher but the enemy. Only he will tell you where you are weak, where he is strong”
Competition is a good thing. It’s about finding out how well you can do something under pressure. It’s about challenging yourself to get better.

“Mazer Rackham: He’s abandoning his entire fleet.
Petra Arkanian: I still don’t have a clear shot.
Bernard: We’re burning up!
Ender Wiggin: Bean! On my count accelerate the fighters from the nose of the formation in a continuous stream…Like bullets from a rifle, you will clear a visual for Petra! We will drill a hole through the swarm… Petra, you will only get a second.
Petra Arkanian: That’s all I need…”
The above scene shows Ender understands and focus on big picture, sometimes you need to sacrifice many things in order to achieve the intended goals. Leader’s is measured by his ability to make hard and bold decision in critical time.

Ender also made it a priority to know everything about the people under his command. Their strengths, their weaknesses, what they were good at and what they weren’t. In practice, he drove them hard, but one-on-one, he was friendlier and helped each member of his Army achieve their highest potential.

“Ender Wiggin: I’ll do everything I can to win this war”
You compete to succeed; to be the best you can be. Yes, it is also about winning. Actually, it’s about wanting to win, working to win and preparing to win.

“Colonel Hyrum Graff: If you succeed, you will be remembered as a hero”
Everybody loves Winner. Winning is good, but it feels even better when you are grateful to others for helping you along.




About Gabriel Montadaro

Vice President in one of Multinational companies by day and Night Rider After Dark, A humble servant of God, a curious Traveller, hopelessly romantic, You talk - I listen
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