Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Cold Pursuit

A Reel Leadership Article

Liam Neeson returns to the big screen as Nels Coxman in the movie Cold Pursuit. Cold Pursuit is based on the Norwegian film In Order Of Disappearance. In Cold Pursuit, Neeson’s Nels Coxman pursues the men he believes played a part in the death of his son, Kyle Coxman (Micheál Richardson).

One by one, the Nels dispatches the men responsible for Kyle’s death. He uses various methods to exact his revenge until he reaches the person who made the call, Trevor ‘Viking’ Calcote (Tom Bateman). This is when everything goes crazy.

Movie poster of Liam Neeson as Nels Coxman in Cold Pursuit

Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit looked like another sure-fire hit in Neeson’s catalog of movies. This film looked similar to the Taken movies or The Commuter. While similar to these movies, something is missing from Neeson’s latest film. I walked out of the theater feeling a bit let down. Talking to other filmgoers, they felt the same sense that something was missing.

What Your Team Needs (Motivation!)

Motivating Your Team

I asked in my annual reader survey what some of the biggest challenges leaders were facing. I’ve already covered some of those: Relationships, health, etc… This month, I’m going to cover another topic that was hot on the mind of readers: Motivating your team.

Having and creating a motivated team is something a lot of leaders think about. A motivated team is something leaders desire. They know their organization can be more effective if everyone was excited and ready to work.

Your team needs motivation. You can give it to them.

Photo By Cortney White

The truth is, most employees are disengaged. According to a 2014 Gallop study, only 31.5% of employees are actively engaged at work. This means there’s a whopping 68.5% of employees who are either not engaged or actively disengaged with their work.

Those are scary numbers for leaders. Over two-thirds of your workforce may be disengaged from the work you’ve hired them to do.

Great Leaders Draw Lines In The Sand

One thing I look for in a leader worth following is whether or not they’re willing to draw a line in the sand for the right reasons.

To the average person, this may seem odd. Why would someone want someone leading them who does this?

Are you drawing lines in the sand?

For me, the answer is easy.

By drawing a line in the sand, this type of leader is telling you what they believe. You know where they stand and what they’ll take.

Why Leaders Must Be Willing To Draw The Line

Leadership is a relationship with people. Leaders interact with people. Leaders push and prod and guide people.

They also have to set boundaries. That’s really what drawing a line is all about.

When a leader draws a line, he’s saying: This is what I believe. This is what I will accept. This is how far we will go.

Are leadership standards important?

Recently I came across an article titled Proper Spelling? Its Tyme to Let Luce. In the article, Anne Trubek discusses the English language and words with multiple spellings.

She wonders if readers would care if journalists and authors misspell words. And who should have the deciding factor in proper spelling.

Anne closes the article by stating YOU should decide how to spell a word. Do not worry about standards. Worry about yourself.

High Standards (XM)

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The article made me think about leadership.

Should there be guidelines for leadership? Should there be a way to gauge proper leadership? Should there be leadership standards?

The answer to the question is a resounding YES, there should be leadership standards.

Standards like:

  • Concern For Others:
    If you do not care for others, they will notice. You will not come across as authentic.

    To be effective, you need to have a desire to help others. Concerns need to be addressed and conflicts resolved. You must show them you care.