Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a Pixar short shown before the Pixar film Coco (Leadership lessons from Coco). Olaf’s Frozen Adventure takes place in the Frozen universe and sees the return of Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and, of course, Olaf (Josh Gad).
The film is set in the kingdom of Arendelle, where Frozen took place. Anna, Elsa, and Olaf planned a surprise dinner for the citizens of Arendelle but things go awry when the villagers leave after the ringing of the Yule Bell and leave the dinner unattended.
Anna and Elsa then realize they have no Christmas family traditions of their own. Olaf decides to set out to find family traditions Anna and Elsa could adopt as their own.
We watch as Olaf and the reindeer Sven go door to door asking the citizens of Arendelle what their family traditions are.
There are laughs, meaningful family lessons, and leadership lessons in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Today, we’ll look at the leadership lessons in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
Caution: Olaf’s Frozen Adventure spoilers below.
Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
1. Surprise people:
Anna, Else, and Olaf had planned a massive Christmas dinner for the citizens of Arendelle. They laid out a big spread of food and entertainment. They wanted to treat their people well.
There was a problem with the surprise. No one knew about it and all the citizens left for their own homes and families.
This doesn’t mean surprises are bad. They are actually a great thing to do as a leader.
When you surprise others, you shower them with unexpected goodness. You go above and beyond your duties. You make sure to let them know they’re appreciated and valued.
This is the importance of surprising people. You are showing them they are valued.
2. Work together towards a common goal:
Raising the Yule Bell was a Christmas tradition in Arendelle. The bell was heavy and awkward. So much so, the villagers of Arendelle had to come together to raise the bell.
There was no bickering or fighting. They knew they had a mission and they had to work together to accomplish the goal.
Be willing to work together with others. Find people with a common or similar goal and work towards accomplishing the goal together.
What was the raising of the Yule Bell and the villagers gathering together about? Their gathering was to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season and to be together.
Great leaders know they can’t continue to work without celebrating the work their team has done on a regular basis.
Find things to celebrate in your organization. Celebrate breaking sales goals, celebrate new hires, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries!
Get your team together and let them know you notice all the hard work being done.
4. People may not respond to your leadership:
Oh no… What happened after Anna and Elsa planned the Christmas dinner for the villagers of Arendelle?
When the doors opened to the feast, all of the villagers turned and began their journey home. They went back to their families and friends and left Anna and Elsa with no one to join them at the dinner table.
Anna and Elsa were hopeful the villagers would join them. Afterall, they had planned a massive feast. Yet the villagers responded in a way they did not expect.
You may have a clear vision, a well-thought-out mission statement, and clear goals and still have trouble getting people to respond to your leadership.
Know the issue isn’t you. Your team has their own mission, vision, and goals to accomplish on top of the things you want to be done. Work with them and let them know their priorities. Find ways to make their vision, mission, and goals align with yours.
I have a solution.
After seeing the disappointment on Anna and Elsa’s faces, Olaf knew something had to be done. He began working on a solution to find Christmas traditions the two sisters could begin celebrating.
That’s what a great leader does. Great leaders seek out solutions for the problems they see. They look to see what is wrong and what can be done about them.
When you see a problem, look for a solution. Better yet, form a team and trust them to find a solution to the problems they’re facing. This gives your team OWNERSHIP and makes them feel valued.
6. Consult with others:
Olaf knew he didn’t have all of the answers. He knew he needed help. So, he went door to door seeking answers.
He asked families who already had Christmas traditions what they did for Christmas. He went to the experts!
Are you willing to consult with others to seek solutions? You need to be willing to lay aside your pride and ask those who have gone before you how they have done things.
You will be surprised by their answers.
7. Shortcuts can be dangerous:
Sven and Olaf ran into a problem. Their sleigh caught on fire, fell into a chasm, and the pair were separated.
This is when Olaf saw a dark path through the woods. “A shortcut!” he thought. And off he went down the trail.
Soon, Olaf ran into a pack of wild wolves. These wolves were ready to attack him. His shortcut turned out to be a dangerous proposition.
Be careful of the shortcuts promised by others. These shortcuts often turn out to be more costly and time-consuming than going down the straight and narrow path.
8. Leaders can lose hope:
The loss of his Christmas sleigh with all of the traditions brought Olaf’s spirits down. He began to lose hope. So much so, he sat down against a tree and let the snow cover him.
Leadership is a difficult position. You have the responsibility to lead others well, accomplish the mission, and make sure the organization is moving in the right direction.
When things start to go bad, it is easy to lose hope. And it’s okay to lose hope as long as you don’t stay there.
Don’t lose hope forever. Wallow in your self-pity for a brief time but then get going again. There are people depending on you.
9. Great leaders bring people together:
While Anna and Elsa couldn’t remember any of their family traditions, they soon discover they had one. Anna would draw Olaf and slip the drawings under Elsa’s door.
This was their tradition. And it was Olaf that brought Anna and Elsa together.
Great leaders don’t tear people apart. Instead, great leaders find ways to bring people together.
Be a leader who connects and brings people together.
But the greatest present of all was given to me long ago. It’s something I would never trade. It’s the family that we’ve made. ‘Cause when we’re together, I have everything on my list. And when we’re together, I have all I wished.
Elsa and Anna realized they had the greatest gift of all. FAMILY.
Being together meant more than anything. More than the kingdom. More than riches. And more than fame.
Being together with your family should be a priority. They’re your greatest gift.
Question: Did you see the Pixar short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure? If so, what were the leadership lessons in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure you saw? If you haven’t seen Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, what was your favorite leadership lesson from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure that I shared? Let me know in the comment section below.
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