Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Iron Claw (The Von Erich Family)

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

In this edition of Reel Leadership, we focus on the 2023 A24 film The Iron Claw. The Iron Claw focuses on what may be considered the greatest family in professional wrestling. 

The Von Erichs consisted of Kevin Von Erich (Zac Efron), Kerry Von Erich (Jeremy Allen White), David Von Erich (Harris Dickinson), Mike Von Erich (Stanley Simons), and Chris Von Erich (not mentioned in the film). Kevin, Kerry, and David were terrific wrestlers. Mike… He struggled. Then, there was their father, Fritz Von Erich (Holt McCallany). He founded the World Class Championship Wrestling in Dallas, Texas. He was a powerful wrestler in his own right who pushed his children far beyond what he should have.

However, many believed the family was cursed.

The Von Erich brothers sitting on a fence. Young men, dressed in 1980's fashions.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Greatest Showman

A Reel Leadership Article

The Greatest Showman tells the story of P.T. Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman). His rise from a poor boy to the world-famous founder of the Barnum and Bailey Circus is told in musical form in this entertaining movie.

You see P.T. Barnum as a young boy treated poorly by the upper-class family he served. When Barnum’s father passes away, he takes to the street to survive. From there, he discovers a way to make a name for himself and a living for his family. Then he loses it all…

quotes and leadership lessons from The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman

The story of P.T. Barnum is an entertaining trip through history. With a great soundtrack, you’re going to remember the movie. You’re also going to remember the leadership lessons from The Greatest Showman.

Let’s take a look at those leadership lessons you’ll find in The Greatest Showman.


Caution: The Greatest Showman spoilers below