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5 Leadership Lessons From: Transformers’ Optimus Prime

Movies are not only meant to be a source of entertainment. Few movies leave an impact over the course of your life. Over the years I have watched a lot of Transformers movies and they have taught some valuable leadership skills from doing so. While it sounds a little strange Optimus really was the first leader I studied under.

Here are 5 leadership lessons I have learned from Optimus Prime.

1. Be Humble

Optimus have been honoured as ‘Prime’ but he did not start that way. His original name was Orion Pax. Orion has been described as a; librarian, warehouse worker, data clerk, and dock worker. His previous job has changed the story of a well spoken, humble and wise person rising to power never has. Very few of us are born into leadership, keeping humility parallel. Remembering where you come from will help to keep us grounded no matter how high we rise.

“Optimus Prime is constantly trying to make sure his followers are OK, and that human beings aren’t harmed in the fights between robots,” Spain notes.

This taught me – compassion and integrity are vital traits of a leader.

2. Admit It

Optimus Prime knows that he can not directly handle every key project in his group and as such, he knows he must delegate some things to his team members. He gives the authority and the power to accomplish a given task and trust them to know what they need to do and how it must be done. The micromanagement is highly avoided here for betterment of the team members. He doesn’t baby sit them.

3. Ethics

One of the makes Optimus Prime stand out from his peers, is his commitment to his values. Optimus uses his values to guide his decision making. Moreover, he stands by that decision. As a leader, people need to know what your ethics are and the manner with which you plan to follow them.

4. Collaboration is the key

There talent of the Autobot team is abundant and Optimus Prime has the ability to see each team member’s strength and talent. He has the knack to collaborate with the strength and talent of each team member. From the weapon expertise of Ironhide or the healing skills of Ratchet, Optimus Prime uses those benefit the team. Optimus Prime employs each of those skills to get the most productivity as efficiently as possible.

The Lesson Here: You have to know how to identify each team member’s talent and learn how to capitalize on those. You should bring out the best in each member, and find a way to use the strength each member has to offer.

5. Teamwork

Optimus has many formal and informal advisors. Some were soldiers like Ironhide and Ultra Magnus, some were scientists like Perceptor and Ratchet, and some were human like Spike and Sparkplug. Whenever decisions had to be made Optimus collected the viewpoints of a diverse group of trusted advisors. I know I make better decisions when I check with a number of people who see the issue at hand differently.

Many movies has inspired me to become a better leader and Transformers, the last knight is no exception. This movie has taught me a prime lesson ‘To let your leadership qualities shine, you must be able to identify and capitalize on the talents that each team member possesses.’

Justin Trudeau

4 Leadership lessons to adapt from Justin Trudeau

The success of Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, isn’t a not-known fact anymore. He is talked the most for his generosity, positivity and leadership. He is no longer termed as ‘privileged and naïve’. I have a great respect for this guy and have studied a lot of qualities from him. One of those qualities that inspires me is his persuasion towards a redefining leadership.

There are four leadership values of him that drives me to be a better person.

Diversity is opportunity and strength

Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates creativity that enriches the world. – Justin Trudeau.

He brought a fresh approach to the political landscape with his charismatic style and an approach to leadership that is respectful and collaborative. Many politicians talk about diversity while Trudeau made his first decision to embrace diversity and took an action on this.

His cabinet is the best example of his views on diversity as a strength. He viewed it as a potential strategy to strengthen the potentials. His cabinet has half men, half women, gay person, a blind person, and few members who are non-canadian by birth. He states that “I like to be surrounded by brilliant people”. This statement of his proves that intelligence isn’t measured by race, gender or sexual orientation.

I believe diversity within your team opens a door of opportunities for you. Not just with a business perspective but also in terms of self development, it truly helps a lot. Diversity helps in understanding different perspectives of singular thing and is beneficial for an individual growth.

Emotional Intelligence is an asset

Definitely Trudeau is a man of good proposition of IQ, but that’s not the only quotient that made him a good leader. What matters to the people is his emotional intelligence or EQ. Justin consistently conferred a message of hope.  Inspiring hope is a critical message for leaders and leadership, not simply because it is easy, but it evolves where there are changes in the environment and the difficulties experienced.

Justin has an exceedingly high EQ, which is driving much of his success. With his acts of kindness, he keeps on proving that people need to know that their leader cares for them and only then, a true meaning of leadership is achieved.

A leader isn’t someone who needs followers. A leader is a person who inculcates leadership in his audience. And this can only be possible if the person is able to understand the others. This demands a high level of EQ as it isn’t as easy as it seems. This develops a problem solving skills in an individual which leads to a better reign of productivity.

Focus towards positivity

Trudeau’s campaigning and governing is marked by an incredibly positive tone. He not only welcomed refugees but also went to the airport to welcome Canada’s first Syrian refugees. Where others saw potential problems and concerns, Justin led through a lens of seeing what is possible.

As a leader, he understood the need to foster and cultivate the ability to focus. Where the others talked about problems, Justin thrived towards solving them. He pursued those problems as opportunity for the betterment.

A keen focus towards positivity ensures that you are well aware of the problems and they no longer seem to bother you. It guides you to be prepared of the upcoming hurdles long before they even arrive. Focusing towards positivity ensures you the constructive strategies to stay ahead and face the obstacles.

Humility is the key to lead

Humbleness and politics, I know this sounds contradictory. But Justin has made this combination go well to work with. Justin stated in an interview with CNN that he would let the world adapt his approach in Canada.

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Humility is the key to lead

Justin listens to his people. He understands that listening is absolutely critical to leadership. It is an essential skill for him as a leader to create the trust with his team and citizens. He listens to his people in order to guide them in a right way with a clear vision.

If we do a good job in trusting and listening to the people and being humble to them, we would not require to ask them to follow us. They will be obliged to do so. By being humble and by listening to your team, you ensure them with your trust and support. This is a key element towards team building.

Learning always leads to growth

Being a leader doesn’t mean you have all the knowledge of the world. It means you share all the knowledge you have with the people and lead them towards positivity and growth. I thrive to become better day by day and all it takes is a little effort.