Leadership Movie – The Pursuit of Happiness

Written by Warren Jones, Content Writer

I love watching a good movie and one movie I enjoy watching is The Pursuit of Happiness. This movie came out in 2006. Chris Gardner has big dreams for him and his family but it doesn’t seem to come together for him. Chris has an opportunity to be a stockbroker but first, he has to go through a grueling internship, which means no pay. Chris decides to do it but when his wife leaves and he is evicted, he has to take care of his son on his own. So, they find themselves sometimes living on the street and struggling to get by. But, Chris is determined to make it.

This movie is loaded with leadership keys. Some of these keys can be seen below

1.)   A leader must be able to be committed despite the obstacles they face. All leaders at some point no matter the profession will have obstacles that can knock the wind out of them. Last year I lost my mother July 27th, 2016 after a 10-year bout with cancer. I could have given up caved in and quit but being the leader I am I kept pressing and just achieved  Advanced Communicator Gold in June of 2017. What obstacle currently that you are facing makes you want to quit?

2.)   A leader must be disciplined for success. In the movie, Chris Gardner takes his son to the day care every day and went to his internship as a stockbroker with no pay. He did what he had to do day in and day out with no help at all. Many times as a leader you will not get the help and support you are looking for but the more disciplined you are you will eventually see the desired success no matter how small it may be. The secret of your success is hidden in your daily routine. Are you truly disciplined as what you want to accomplish?

3.)   A leader must be focused on achieving and getting the job done no matter what. In the movie, one key that stuck out was as a broker he made more calls than all the other stock brokers did. He took shorter lunches and drank less water so he would not have as much bathroom breaks. Recently the club I am a part of was one project and four speeches short of getting to President Distinguished for the fifth year in a row. I spoke with the leaders of my club and we made it happen and had to get the job done. When you focus on the team, achieving and not you then you will be more committed because of seeing the team succeed. What is your focused on achieving by the end of 2017?