Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Die Hard 2: Die Harder

A Reel Leadership Christmas Article

I try to watch at least one Christmas movie every year. Most Christmas movies do nothing for me. Except for movies like Die Hard.

Last year, I watched the original Die Hard again. It’s always a great Christmas movie. This year, I knew I had to watch a different Christmas movie, or else it would be hard to bring new leadership insights to Reel Leadership.

Going through Christmas movies, I remembered there’s another great Christmas movie. Die Hard 2: Die Harder.

Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2: Die Harder

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Roll with me on this. Die Hard 2 is a Christmas movie.

John McClane (Bruce Willis) returns to pick his wife, Holly McClane (Bonnie Bedelia) from the Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. He notices a couple of suspicious characters and acts. All of this happens, once again, around Christmas.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In December 2020

Reading is a great way to discover new thoughts, challenge old thoughts, and become wiser. There’s no shortage of books out there and that’s a GOOD thing.

The knowledge of ages is stored within these tomes. They contain the blood, sweat, and tears of those who have led before us.

A stack of books with a pair of glasses on top

Their knowledge is waiting for you to dig in.

Today, I’m sharing our once a month feature of books to read this month. I hope you enjoy this look into 5 books leaders should read.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In December 2020

1. How to win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie:

This is a classic book by all means. Carnegie shared his wisdom in this book on how to make people like you and how to influence others.

Leadership Lessons From Thanksgiving

When you think of Thanksgiving, you probably think of family gatherings, great food, turkey, and a brief reprieve from work. You may not think of leadership.

Today, I want to challenge you to think about the leadership lessons Thanksgiving can teach us. It’s not that far of a stretch. It’s just something we don’t think about often.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner on a table

Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to show us what leadership can be about. Let’s look at those things today.

Leadership Lessons From Thanksgiving

1. Leaders need to be thankful:

The Thanksgiving holiday comes but once a year. On this day, people begin to remember what they’re thankful for. Everybody has multiple things they can be thankful for.

When I think of what I’m thankful for, I think of the following:

  • My wife, Pamela

Being a Leader in the Face of Exhaustion

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Man in a suit with his hand raised upward

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Life is exhausting, we get it. No one is blaming, shaming, or judging you for opting to sleep after any duration of stressful hours. There is nothing better to do when you are exhausted than relaxing and probably sleep. 

Sometimes, though, as a leader, you worry about letting people down, not keeping up to your integrity, wasting time, or being selfish. Any great leader will tell you to stop and consider the effect you are actually going to have on your team or family if you lead from a place of exhaustion. 

The human body is machinery like no other, but that doesn’t make us invincible. Cars need duramax head studs to prevent oil from leaking into and breaking down the engine, and so do humans-our studs just look and are applied differently! 

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Real Steel

A Reel Leadership Article

There’s something about feel-good movies that make you want to watch them again and again. Real Steel is one of those feel-good movies.

I’d watched Real Steel when the movie released in 2011. I remember loving the movie. Then I never watched it again until this weekend.

Movie still from the movie Reel Steel. Main characters with Atom walking toward ring

Man, I was missing out on such a feel-good movie. Real Steel lays on the heavy hits and heavy emotions throughout. It’s a must-see movie.

Not only will you see robots get knocked about. Not only will you get your emotions toyed with… You will walk away from Real Steel with a load of leadership lessons.

Today’s Reel Leadership article is going to focus on the leadership lessons in Real Steel. I hope you brought your boxing robot and notepad. You’re going to want both!