Why I Write On Leadership And Entertainment

Two things that don't seem to go together... But do

If you listen to conventional leadership wisdom, there’s two things that don’t go hand in hand. Those two things are leadership and entertainment.

So many of the big named personal development and leadership bloggers strongly discourage readers from partaking in watching TV, going to the movie theater, listening to music, and other forms of entertainment.

leadership and entertainment can go together

I bought into this for the longest time. I stopped watching TV, going to the movies, and listening to music. All of this was eschewed for the consumption of leadership and personal development materials.

But after years of consumption, I realized something wasn’t right. I was missing something from my life. The joy I previously had was gone…

Why I Write On Leadership And Entertainment

So, what’s the reason I write on leadership and entertainment? When I discovered what was missing from my life (small bursts of joy through the arts) I took a look at what was going on.

I saw I’d shifted my mindset, which isn’t a bad thing, but I also took away the things I really enjoyed.

Going to the movies and watching Hugh Jackman portray Logan. Sitting back in my recliner watching the latest episode of Arrow (Did you know there’s leadership lessons from Arrow?). Listening to great music.

All of these things were gone. I’d given them up for something else I enjoyed. But why?

When I began looking at entertainment, I could see there were leadership lessons all around. From big screen movies to music to outdoor activities, our lives are full of the potential to learn about leadership.

I wanted to show people the problem isn’t we consume too much entertainment. The real problem is we don’t look for leadership lessons all around us.

When you open your eyes to the possibility of everything around you having the potential to teach you a leadership lesson, you’ll begin to see the lessons open up.

Don’t close your eyes to the leadership lessons every area of your life has to offer you. Examine anything and everything you do, watch, and see. You’ll be surprised to discover all of the leadership lessons around you.

Question: Where are you finding leadership lessons others have told you are void of such things? Let me know in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Jeffrey P. Rush

    Joseph, in the words of Rush, “Right on! Right on! Right on!” I’ve been using entertainment in my classes for many years. And, some students even get it! There is so much that can be learned from characters on the big and small screens as well as in books and even some music.

    Irrespective of that, we also know that we must have some relaxing time, and I find nothing more relaxing than taking in a good movie or tv show or listening to some really good music (largely, for me, Classic Rock).

    In the words of NYPD Chief of D’s Eischeid (c. 1979), “Ya done good.”

    • That’s awesome Jeff! Glad to see others get this idea as well. How do your students react when you use entertainment in the classroom?

      And yes, we all need to find time and ways to relax. We can’t hustle and grind all our lives. There has to be some downtime.