The 5th Wave is the first book in Robert Yancy’s blockbuster book series. The 5th Wave is the story of an alien invasion of earth and its impact on a young girl’s, Cassie, life.

Her parents were killed during the 3rd and 4th waves of the attack. Her brother is missing and she’s made it her mission to rescue him.

Leadership lessons and quotes from the 5th wave

Promotional poster from The 5th Wave

Hollywood has now made The 5th Wave into a major motion picture that released this past weekend.

You know I had to see it. And, if you know that, you know that I have to share the leadership lessons in The 5th Wave.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From The 5th Wave

1. You will make the wrong call: From the start, we see the impact the alien invasion has had on the world. We also see Cassie Sullivan, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, make the wrong call.

In a world that tells us that we need to be tolerant, standing firm in your convictions is difficult. By voicing your opinion on a matter, you’ll face public criticism.

You’ll hear people cry out against you. You’ll be called a bigot or they’ll say you’re intolerant. Maybe even worse.

Convictions Are Crucial

I’ve had many friends over the years who claim to believe one thing only to completely change their opinions the next day.

It’s confusing. It’s frustrating. It’s hard to tell where they stand.

Over time, I began to wonder about these friends. They seemed to have strong convictions. Until they didn’t.

My opinion of them began to shift. Whenever I’d hear them spout off their beliefs, I secretly waited to hear them switch beliefs tomorrow.

These friends were never anchored in their beliefs. They were tossed about by the changing opinions of popular opinion or other friends.

You’re All One Team

January 20, 2016 — 10 Comments

Organizations are often broken down into different departments.

Your church or business may have a technology department, financial department, outreach/marketing department, and more. They’re all vying for the same thing.

To grow the organization.


While the goal of each department may be to grow the organization, that goal is frequently hindered by the attitudes held within each department.

It’s not on purpose, but each department may secretly harbor ill-will towards those “other” workers.

They see them as competition, not as team-mates. And we, as leaders, often promote this type of behavior.

How Leaders Destroy Teamwork

The little things leaders do can lead to big-time issues in their businesses. Leaders can begin to break apart the cohesive of a team without even recognizing it.

Leaders destroy teamwork when:

Movies such as 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi are always hard for me to watch. Not because I ever served in the military. But because I know that these stories are based on real events.

Real events where people rose to the occasion and where other people failed to act. This puts a whole new spin on the movie.

Viewing a movie like this isn’t about having a good time. It’s about learning parts of our history told in a visual form.


With that said, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi was an intense viewing. There were tense moments, heartbreaking moments, and moments of joy.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi also showcased many leadership lessons.

It’s Okay To Be A Misfit

January 15, 2016 — 5 Comments

In high school, no one wanted to be a misfit. Rather, we wanted to be the cool kid. The one who was dating the cheerleader.

It made sense. If we fit in, if we were popular, we’d be liked.

Years later, I see how wrong this high school mindset was.

Misfits Rule

Looking back on my school days, it was the popular kids who got all the attention. Looking at them today, very few went on to anything productive.

Now, the misfits… The science geeks. The bookworms. The math lovers. The easily distracted. The class clowns…

These guys are different. These guys have gone on to make more of an impact in life than the popular students.


These social misfits know something the average kid didn’t. They knew it didn’t matter if they fit in or fit out.