Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Solo: A Star Wars Story

A Reel Leadership Article

Memorial Day weekend 2018 saw the release of the latest movie in the Star Wars Story series: Solo. Solo tells the origin story of the beloved pilot of the Millenium Falcon. And what a backstory he had.

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From his days as a thief on the planet of Corellia to winning the Millenium Falcon, his days are full of adventure and intrigue. That’s what Solo sought to bring to life. Thankfully, Solo pulled off Han Solo’s origin story well.

Solo also provided many leadership lessons. Today, we’re going to look at the leadership lessons in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Caution: Solo: A Star Wars Story spoilers below

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Solo: A Star Wars Story

1. Everyone has a story:

Watching the original Star Wars trilogy, you knew that Han Solo (originally played by Harrison Ford, portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich in Solo) had a story. You just didn’t know what his story was.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Avengers: Infinity War

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The last ten years of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a slow build that ended this weekend. This weekend, Marvel heroes including Captain America (Chris Evans), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and others finally face off against the Mad Titan himself, Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Everything Marvel has done in their movie universe led viewers to this moment. A moment of complete devastation.

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It also led to an Avengers movie full of leadership lessons. You can watch Avengers: Infinity War and walk away a better leader.

Let’s dig into the leadership lessons from Avengers: Infinity War and see how the movie can impact your leadership.

Caution: Avengers: Infinity War spoilers below.

36 Leadership Lessons From 36 Years Of Life

Today marks the 36th time I’ve orbited the sun. That’s right, February 16th is my birthday!

I wanted to do something special for my birthday. I wanted to give you guys a gift. That gift is 36 leadership lessons I’ve learned over the course of my life.

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Image by Evan Rummel

I hope you’ll enjoy these. Some of these leadership lessons are fun, other leadership lessons are serious. They’re all valuable though.

36 Leadership Lessons From 36 Years Of Life

1. Make friends:

Leadership can be lonely. But leadership is lonely only if you let it be. Make friends with people and your time in leadership will be much more enjoyable.

2. Know when to quit leading:

Leadership is a temporary position. There will come a day when you are no longer leading where you’ve been leading. Know when it’s time to hang up the leadership cap at your current position.

Meetings Must Die (Have More Productive Meetings)

Meetings… Is there a bigger bane to a leader than a meeting that runs on and on and on? I think not.

Meetings have become a productivity nightmare. You wrangle in multiple team members, hold them hostage in a room for half an hour or longer, and then try to figure out a reason for the meeting.

Read until the end to get your free PDF checklist for more productive meetings.

Find ways to have more productive meetings

Normally, you have a good idea going into the meeting what you want to accomplish. You may want to:

  • Figure out how to increase productivity on the shop floor
  • Decide what steps to take to increase cash flow for the business
  • Launch a new product that will revolutionize your industry
  • Choose a new team leader for a major product

Why Employees Leave Your Organization

Losing an employee can land a damaging blow to you and your organization. Especially when you lose a good employee.

And every leader tries to figure out the best way to keep the best. But even those employees will leave at some point.

That’s natural. Most employees will leave an organization at some point. Though a lot of times you’ll wind up wondering why an employee left.

Employees leave for varying reasons

Employees Come And Go

 

It’s a difficult idea to face. Employees don’t stick around forever.

The 40-hour workweek is gone. So is the time of an employee putting in 30-40 years and retiring with a golden watch.

Employees are beginning to learn they’re more in control of their future than the organization. And I like to think that is a good thing.