This weekend saw the lovable, banana shaped evildoers from Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 return to the big screen. In Minions, we get to see the semi-origins story of the bad guys you want to love, and maybe eat (they do look like bananas after all).

Discover leadership lessons in Minions

The Minions can’t seem to keep a master. Time after time, we see the Minions accidentally offing the one who’s supposed to be leading the tribe of yellow guys.

That is until one brave Minion stands up and decides things are going to change…

Then, hilarity and leadership lessons ensue.

Minion SPOILERS ahead

Leadership Lessons From Minions

1. Narrator:

Nope, it wasn’t easy for these guys. But they never gave up.

The movie opened with the comical deaths of the Minions former masters. We see a T-Rex take a tumble down a hill and off a cliff, Egyptians crushed by a pyramid, and Dracula killed when the Minions open up the curtains for his surprise birthday party.

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Leading is tough enough as it is without a lack of energy.

Dragging through your day and feeling worn out will make you an ineffective leader. You’ve got to have energy to lead well.

Halfway through your day, you may be feeling like the guy above. Crashed and burned.

It doesn’t have to be this way. You can feel energized throughout the day.

But how do you make sure you have enough energy to get through the day? That’s a tough question to answer but I’ve got a few tips on keeping your energy level up (or how to quickly boost it when feeling worn out).

Exercise early in the morning: Who would think expending a ton of energy would result in having more energy throughout the day? This idea never sounded right to me until I began to practice this ritual.

Our good friend John Maxwell has always said that leadership is influence. I firmly believe that.

Leading requires us to have a certain amount of influence on others. Yet we’ve also mistaken what influence truly is.

Influence is often unseen

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What Influence Isn’t

Influence isn’t getting others to do what you want them to do.

Influence isn’t controlling others.

Influence isn’t forcing people to do your will.

Influence isn’t manipulating others.

Influence isn’t showing off.

Influence isn’t a Klout score

Influence isn’t is the number of followers you have.

There are so many things that leadership is but the above isn’t true influence.

What Influence Is

Influence is impacting lives.

Influence is making a difference in the lives of others.

Influence is showing how much you care.

Influence is taking the time to do something nice for another person.

Looking at this crop of summer movies, my mind wanders back to the Bible scripture in Ecclesiastes. In this book of the Bible, Soloman laments

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

This scripture sums up this summer’s movies. And I’m okay with that.

The Terminator can teach leadership lessons

We’ve seen this in recent movies Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World. The movie world is living this scripture over and over again.

The latest summer movie to follow this trend is Terminator: Genisys. This new addition to the Terminator series brings back classic characters such as Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Guardian (or, as Sarah Connor affectionately refers to him as, Pops), Kyle Reese, and John Connor.