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7 movies about inspiring leaders

What is necessary to be a good leader? The stories of some inspiring leaders from all around the world may serve as an example for those who occupy a leadership role or want to become managers of their teams. 

Get to know some stories in the movie tips bellow and get inspired! 

The Queen (2007) 

From the British director Stephen Frears, The Queen shows the live of Elizabeth II in the most delicate situation of her life. After the death of Princess Diana and the silence of the Royal Family, the British press publishes notes of dismay regarding the isolation of the family, with the intent of selling more papers. The result was a distancing of the population to the British leaders. With the help of the prime minister, Elizabeth II takes actions to change this situation. 

The Iron Lady (2012) 

The movie shows the politic trajectory of the British prime minister that fought to defend her methods in a time ruled by men. Margareth Thatcher was one of the most influencing women of Europe and always presented strong statements. The movie, that won two Oscars, leaves the messages of persistency and determination. 

Steve Jobs (2016) 

The movie was divided in three phases of the life of the co-founder of Apple: backstage of the release of the Macintosh computer, in 1984; the company NeXT, 12 years later; and the iPod, in 2001. The movies shows the weak and strong features of the protagonist, including in his personal life. 

The Founder (2017) 

The movie traces the upswing trajectory of one of the world’s biggest food companies, mcDonald’s. A salesman that acquires participation in the burger joint of Richard and Maurice “Mac” McDonald, through questionable attitudes, eliminates the brothers of the enterprise and transforms the brand into a monumental empire. The focus on success is treated as one of the central themes of the movie. 

Lincoln (2013) 

Abraham Lincoln, responsible for the abolition of slavery in the United States, was pictured in the movie as an example of leadership, determination and involved in power issues in each state. The movie is set during the American Civil War and shows the battles Lincoln struggled with to approve an amendment to the Constitution of the country that ended slavery.  

Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom (2014) 

From the perspective of the famous South-African leader, the movie tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s childhood up untill his ascension in politics, as president of South Africa. The movie also shows the imprisonment of the African leader that lasted 27 years, result of his search to end apartheid in the country. The script is inspired in the protagonist’s autobiography. 

Selma (2015) 

The biopic of Martin Luther King Jr., social activist and protestant pastor, follows the struggles and history of the march made by him and demonstrators in 1965, that went from the city of Selma, in the countryside of Alabama, and followed to the capital Montgomery. The protagonist desired equal voting rights to the black community in the United States. The movie is a lesson in persistency. 

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Marina Petrocelli
Marina Petrocelli
Over 12 years have passed since my first experience with Social Communication. My first professional years were dedicated to the routines of redactions with no or little digital relevance. Plural journalism was resumed in investigating facts, write a piece and guarantee an expressive picture. The first sign of change came with the proposal of changing realities and experimenting a different way of producing. From then on, the specificities of the marketing universe became permanent. Oh! I’ve also graduated in Law School (passing the bar exam and all). But not everything is comprised tom y professional skills. As a content producer, I’m interested in good stories, from real people or series, movies and books, specially dystopias. I like to draw up travel plans and identify stars and constellations on a cell phone app. Museums, music and art in general grab my attention, as well as pop culture. O primeiro sinal de mudança veio com a proposta para mudar de realidade e experimentar um formato diferente de produzir. Daí pra frente, as particularidades do universo do marketing se tornaram permanentes. Ah! Também me formei em Direito (com inscrição na OAB e tudo). Mas nem tudo se resume às minhas habilidades profissionais. Como produtora de conteúdo, me interesso por boas histórias, de pessoas reais ou em séries, filmes e livros, especialmente distopias. Gosto de montar roteiros de viagens e reconhecer estrelas e constelações em um aplicativo no celular. Museus, música e arte no geral chamam minha atenção, assim como cultura pop.