Nov 20, 2019
Dean DiSibio is
the Founder of the Colonel’s Leadership Council and the Co-Author
of Reel Lessons in
Leadership. In Dean’s
book, he breaks down iconic movie characters and the leadership
qualities (and flaws) that they possess. Traits and skills like
self-control, negotiation, and empathy are all part of a leader’s
repertoire for success.
[4:25] Dean co-wrote the
book, Reel Lessons in
Leadership, with his
[6:15] Movies are a very common
connection point that all generations can relate to, which is why
Dean decided to breakdown leadership lessons from important movies
in our era.
[7:50] Dean shares why the
movie, One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest, has some
important leadership lessons in it.
[12:10] In The Godfather, it all
boils down to self-control.
[15:05] Leaders need coaches in
their corner to help guide them through troubling
[18:55] When it comes to
leadership traits, Dean outlines in his book the traits that need
to be developed vs. need to be practiced.
[25:55] The military understands
they have to train people. The business world… not so
[32:35] Dean mentioned in his
book that negotiation is a skill leaders must develop. This is
something very few people are talking about in a leadership
context. Dean believes good negotiators have the same traits as
good leaders. They tend to have self-control, confidence,
credibility, and good communication and are often well-prepared and
[38:35] Dean puts leaders into
three categories, Maximizers, Overachievers, and
[41:25] Dean presents a
challenge: Pay attention to the fictional characters you love and
have a curiosity as to what leadership traits they possess. Have
discussions about them with your friends and family.
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leaders have to have self-control.”
believe folks have a high empathy muscle that they’re born
- “Self-awareness is half the
believe the best leaders are inquisitive.”
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Colonel’s Leadership Council
Reel Lessons in Leadership, by Ralph R. DiSibio with Dean A.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s
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