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The previews for Fury looked amazing. A World War 2 war movie about the Sherman tank named Fury and her crew, Fury looked like it could compete with Saving Private Ryan.

From the reactions of the Celebration Cinema staff and the chit-chat of movie goers as they left, Fury was the best movie since Saving Private Ryan. I can’t say as I don’t know if I ever watched Saving Private Ryan.

What I can say is that Fury is a gripping and gritty movie about war-time.

Leadership lessons from Fury movie with Brad Pitt

The cast was superb. Stars such as Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeou, and Logan Lerman (he was Percy Jackson in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief) brought the thrilling action to life.

The special effects were more than enough to bring the drama and pain of war to life on the big screen. While I know no movie will ever be able to capture the true ugliness of war, Fury did a good job of helping us see it.

When was the last time you sat down and gave yourself an honest, in-depth self-evaluation? And if you go off to a great conference (like Catalyst), do you take time to intentionally cull through your notes and experiences and pull out action points? Do you come up with short-term and long-term practical applications? Do you convert your new-found knowledge into powerful life-change?

Benjamin Franklin famously said that “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” The same could be said about intentional self-evaluation – especially after a great conference, project or event!

If you don’t evaluate, you’re leaving the harvest out in the field.
You’re leaving money on the table.
You’re forgetting to flush the toilet! (Geez, don’t do that!)

Self-evaluation brings out the best in us, maximizes our rewards for showing up, and cuts out the baggage and garbage that we hauling around.

Ever since I heard about runs like the Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder or The Spartan Race, I’ve longed to run in one. This year I was finally able to check this type of running event off of my list.

Throughout the run, I saw great examples of leadership. Things that peaked my interest and made me think.

That’s why I want to share what the Warrior Dash taught me about leadership in today’s post.

Leadership lessons from the Warrior Dash

For those of you that don’t know, the Warrior Dash is a 5K obstacle course that includes upwards of 12 obstacles. These obstacles are there to test your strength and endurance. They will test your resolve. And they’re make you wonder if you’re able to make it through.

And that’s where I want to start with the leadership lessons from the Warrior Dash.

Great leaders know they must do lots of things. Great leaders need to be aware of their team’s emotions. Great leaders need to be consuming and creating fresh content. Great leaders need to take people to new heights.

But great leaders also know there’s one thing that is required to lead well. What is that one thing? Keep reading to find out.

Great Leaders Do This

We already know that great leaders do many things. All of them are part of great leadership but there’s one thing that help mediocre leaders move to the level of greatness.

This action is something most of us have done all of our lives. Yet we hate it. We struggle with taking this action.

Sometimes we feel uncomfortable because doing this makes us feel like less of a leader. Other times we don’t think we can do this because we haven’t been able to find the right one.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

Vincent T. Lombardi