26 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From X-Men: Apocalypse

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The X-Men movie universe has been a shaky one over the last 16 years since the first movie was released in 2000. We went from good to bad to worse to seeing improvement.

X-Men: Apocalypse, the 8th X-Men movie, was a step in the right direction, along with recent entries Days Of Future Past and First Class.

While it won’t win any critic’s awards, it was a fun summer movie. The action was fantastic. Seeing new X-Men introduced brought out my inner geek. And the story was engaging.

Now, let’s get to the leadership lessons from X-Men: Apocalypse.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From X-Men: Apocalypse

1. Charles Xavier/Professor X:

A gift can also be a curse

To be a mutant is to be something special and unique. There are gifts you would receive if you were one. Yet there’s also a curse that comes with being a mutant.

We’re All Imposters (Or Are We?)

I don’t know how else to put this, so I’ll say it this way. We’re all imposters.

Think about it for a minute.

Are we really impostors?

Now that you’ve had time to think about it, can you see the truth in this statement?

We All Feel Fake

I believe we’re all faking something.

You may be faking your confidence as you lead your team into difficult times. You may be faking it when you told your wife you loved her this morning (even though you do, you’re just not feeling it). Or you may be faking it when you say you’ve got everything under control.

Even if you’re not faking something at this moment, you’re probably feeling like an impostor.

You feel like you don’t have what it takes to get the job done. You feel you can’t take care of your family. You feel like you’ve let everyone down.

Don’t Be One Of These Bad Managers (InfoGraphic)

We’ve all experienced a bad manager or two. Some of us have even experienced toxic leaders.

Today, I want to share with you an awesome inforgraphic that shows 8 types of toxic managers and what you can do to deal with these toxic people.

Don't be a toxic leader

Infographic Courtesy of GetVoip

Don’t be a toxic leader. Rise above this type of poor leadership.

You have it in you. I know it.

Question: Have you faced any of these toxic leaders or managers? If so, how did you deal with it? Share your story in the comment section below.

22 Life Lessons And Quotes From A Story Worth Living

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Many years ago, my life was touched by a special book. That book was Wild At Heart by John Eldredge.

The message pulled at my heart. It pulled at my spirit. This book made me believe there was more to life than watching TV, playing video games, and being alone. My life was meant to be a story.

That same message is true today. And that’s why I was stoked to see John Eldredge and his sons were releasing a special one-night-only movie release called A Story Worth Living.

You have a story worth living

Image courtesy: A Story Worth Living

Catch the trailer below to see what it was all about.

While there was that excitement, there was also some trepidation. Ideas like this don’t always translate well to film.

Within moments, that fear went away. This was a movie that was worth watching.

Stand On The Shoulders Of Others

A trait I often see in weak leaders is that they’re afraid to ask for help. They don’t want to be seen as needing help from anyone.

Leading in this way is dangerous. We can’t lead alone.

We must stand on the shoulders of others who have gone before us.

We need others to become great

Leading Alone Isn’t Worth It

Leading alone is a bad idea. I hope you know that.

We run into all sorts of trouble when we decide we don’t need anyone else. Emotional turmoil to exhaustion to depression, these are the results of deciding to be a one-man show.

We also run into problems in the area of knowledge.

I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.
–Michael Jordan

I know I don’t know everything there is to know about leadership. And, if that’s the case, I know you don’t know everything there is to know about leadership either.