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 father.
[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 situations.
[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 much.
[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 forward-thinking.
[38:35] Dean puts leaders into three categories, Maximizers, Overachievers, and Underachievers.
[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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- “Good leaders have to have self-control.”
- “I believe folks have a high empathy muscle that they’re born with.
- “Self-awareness is half the battle.”
- “I believe the best leaders are inquisitive.”
- Colonel’s Leadership Council
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- The Godfather
- TED Talk — “The Surprising Science of Alpha Males”
these are the books referenced during our podcast with Dean.