23 Aug 13 Quick Things You Can Learn about Leadership
13 Quick Things You Can Learn about Leadership and Team Building from the movie, “Suicide Squad”
Whether you liked the movie or not, there were some interesting things that leaders can learn about leadership and building teams. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a slapstick one you could actually learn something from… So, what did I learn?
1. You cannot fundamentally change people. Don’t waste your time trying. Spend time honing their strengths.
[Harley smashes a shop window]
Rick Flagg: Seriously, what the hell is wrong with you people?
Harley Quinn: [takes a purse] We’re bad guys, it’s what we do.
2. The best teams are built by leaders who don’t try to hire a team full of people who are alike and have all the same skills.
i.e. Suicide Squad was made up a hitman, a fire starter, a pure ballsy chick with no fear, a sword fighter, etc.
3. You don’t know what baggage someone is bringing to work. Get to know your team, be compassionate and act accordingly.
Harley Quinn: Huh? What was that? I should kill everyone and escape? Sorry. The voices. Ahaha, I’m kidding! Jeez! That’s not what they really said.
4. The best leaders know what motivates their teams. Everyone has a different hot button.
i.e. Harley Quinn was motivated by love and the desire for a normal life. Floyd Lawton was motivated by his daughter and his view of him. El Diablo was motivated by guilt.
5. Being positive in a negative situation is not naïve. It’s leadership.
Amanda Waller: “In a world of flying men and monsters, this is the only way to protect our country.”
6. True leaders own the responsibility of outcomes. Well, what can we say? Waller was a not a good example! Was she a government official? Just asking…
Amanda Waller: If they get caught, we throw ’em under the bus.
7. Leaders are careful in how they treat people.
Killer Croc looked like a monster. People treated him like a monster. He became a monster.
What you do to others will have an impact – for good or for bad. Be a force for good. Treat people well. Treat them like they matter. And they will.
8. The extent of your abilities is only limited by what you think.
El Diablo was a tortured soul. He didn’t want to do evil but he did. His powers manifested and he used them to do bad things. Eventually, his powers exploded and he killed his own wife and children. That STILL wasn’t the extent of his powers. ARGUS tried to test him to see how far his abilities reached but they couldn’t determine how powerful he was.
You were created to do awesome things. Things you can’t imagine yourself doing.
There will be times when you feel pushed to your limits. Your limits aren’t your limits. You have more in you.
9. A limited mindset – or thinking you know everything – can bring disaster.
Rick Flag saw only one way to get the job done. So he unleashed the Enchantress. This led way worse consequences.
In any given situation, we will be limited with what we know. We may even think there’s only one way to solve the problem. There is NEVER just one way. Keep your mind open to ALL possible solutions.
10. Your job as a leader is to motivate. You MUST inspire success.
Rick Flag wasn’t the best of leaders. He didn’t give “rah rah” speeches that drew his team together. Shucks, even a villain recognized his team building and motivational skills needed work.
Do you need to work on the ways you motivate your team? Be humble and on the lookout for feedback from your team letting you know what you need to work on. Then, get it done!
11. Failure is not fatal.
The Suicide Squad team was flying into the war zone to rescue their target. On their way in, they were shot down and crashed.
This crash could be considered a failure. Even though it was a “failure,” they survived.
You’ll face business crashes and failures along your leadership journey. Don’t let them stop you from getting back up and trying again. Your job as a leader is to come up with plan B.
You can survive and maybe even save the free world…
12. Sometimes your team will really come through and surprise you in unexpected ways. Value and commend the times act as a team. And then…take pride in that team you pulled together.
Flag was convinced Deadshot (Floyd) would cut and run when the shooting started. He couldn’t have had a more wrong impression about Deadshot.
Instead of running, Deadshot went into action. He began shooting and taking care of the bad bad guys. He had Flag’s back.
Harley Quinn: I got nothing to do. Come on, boys. [strolling away with the bat over her shoulder]
13. Your A Player will always push the limits. The best and the brightest are built that way. Embrace it. You need them.
Rick Flagg: This is the deal: You disobey me, you die. You try to escape, you die. You irritate or vex me… and guess what? You die.
Harley Quinn: I’m known for being quite vexing. I’m just forewarning you.
Rick Flagg: Lady, shut up!
Now, come on, “let’s go save the world”!