7 Leadership Lessons From JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit

A Reel Leadership Article

The movie version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases in theaters today. Are you going to watch it? I’m hoping I’m able to watch the movie soon. It looks amazing.

But did you know before The Hobbit was a movie it was a book?

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote it as the prelude to the enchanting Lord Of The Rings series. The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo Baggins as he leaves Bag Ends and enters into a world of adventure.

As I was reading his story, I picked up on 7 leadership principles we could all learn from The Hobbit.

  • Sometimes leadership finds us unaware: Bilbo wasn’t ready for an adventure when Gandalf stopped by his house one unassuming morning. But adventure is what Bilbo received. Your entry into leadership can happen like this. Someone sees your potential. He picks you. Before you know it, you’re on a grand adventure of leadership.

Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From The Chick-Fil-A Controversy

Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-Fil-A, recently answered he was “guilty as charged” when asked if he backed the “biblical definition of a family.” This has created a huge backlash from organizations that have differing views. Creating a Chick-Fil-A controversy.


Chick-Fil-A Restaurant

Mr. Cathy and Chick-Fil-A have long been applied Biblical principals to business practices. Feeling that Biblical principals are the best way to run a business. The beliefs of the owners have never been a secret.

Chick-Fil-A believes it is best to be closed on Sundays, to carry no debt, and to give back to the community can only improve their business. And by looking at their business, it’s been great values to follow.

Yet the recent news that they support a Biblical view of marriage has created a huge controversy.

Now, whether or not you agree with his statements you can learn from this situation.