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7 Leadership Lessons From The Wizard Of Oz!!!

7 Leadership Lessons From The Wizard Of Oz!!!



7 Leadership Lessons From The Wizard Of Oz!!!

7 Leadership Lessons From The Wizard Of Oz!!!



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    7 Leadership Lessons From The Wizard Of Oz!!! 7 Leadership Lessons From The Wizard Of Oz!!! Presentation Transcript

    • 7 Leadership Lessons
    • Seventy years ago MGM produced one of the best and most beloved movies of all time, basedon L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The original book was published in 1900, the firstof 14 Oz books written by Baum, to be followed by dozens more from other authors. The 1939 film,starring Judy Garland, is so well crafted it continues to enchant audiences today… and alsooffers some important leadership lessons.
    • Lessons # 1 : There’s no place like home, and no motivatorlike clarity of purpose.You have to hand it to Dorothy. She fully engages the wonders, adventures, friendships,and dangers she encounters in Oz, but she is never deterred from her purpose of findingher way home.
    • Does your organization have that clarity of purpose and vision? How, as a leader, do you keep yourself, and your followers, focused on that purpose?
    • Lessons # 2 : Exceptional Teamwork derives from aligned WIIFM.What’s In It For Me? The reasons why each of the protagonists want to go to Oz are different, but thedestination is the same. Everyone needs to get to the Emerald City to see the Wizard. The journey issafer and more productive traveling together, and ultimately the Scarecrow, Tin-Man, Lion andDorothy become a powerful team that defeats their nemesis and creates a better future for Oz.
    • Great causes must accommodate individual purposes. Effective leaders seekto understand the personal needs and motivations of followers, and help to align individual purposes with the higher purpose of the organization.
    • Lessons # 3 : Head, Heart, Courage, and Spirit are cornerstones ofcharacter.The Scarecrow needs a brain. The Tin Man a heart. The Lion, courage. Dorothy, her home. One reasonthe Wizard of Oz endures is because it deeply resonates with our experience of the human condition.We recognize that to be our best as a human, or team, or leader, we must draw from head, heart,courage, and spirit. No one are complete in these respects, and our endeavors are interdependent.
    • The leaders we need for today’s world, not to mention tomorrow’s, are thosewho have significant mastery of these four “meta-factors” of character: wisdom, humanity, courage, and resilience - and who also recognize their limitations.
    • Lessons # 4 : Deal with what comes at you, but don’t lose faith.Just when you think it can’t get worse, here come the flying monkeys. So deal withit. Companies that sustain success face brutal reality head on, while at the sametime never lose faith in their ability to prevail.
    • “The good-to-great companies faced just as much adversity as the comparison companies, but responded to that adversity differently. They hit the realities oftheir situation head-on. As a result, they emerged from adversity even stronger.” - Jim Collins
    • The world is full of lions and tigers and bears. Oh my! Wise leaders keep their people moving down the yellow brick road - they deal head-on with obstacles, stay true to their values and mission, and always expect and give help along the way.
    • Lessons # 5 : Understand the difference between a role and who youreally are.The Wizard manipulates trappings of wizardly power to evoke, fear, awe, and respect, but is ableto provide genuine help only after he is engaged as a real person. Both wizards and leaders dowell to present a powerful facade of office to the world, and at the same time cultivate personalauthenticity that sustains engagement with followers.
    • Believe your own press clippings andignore that person behind the curtain at your peril. It is in authentically connecting to other people that real leadership magic begins.
    • Lessons # 6 : Framing can be magical.Exceptional leaders can foster change by reframing how their followers look at the world. Withthe right frame, doors that seemed closed are open, paths appear in the wilderness, and peoplesuddenly possess what seemed out of reach. The Scarecrow seeks a brain, but the Wizardreframes the circumstances and produces a positive outcome.
    • Framing based on smoke and mirrors ultimately is exposed as a sham. Framing based on substance - true wisdom, humanity, and courage - provides deep value that changes lives.
    • Lessons # 7 : No one else can do it for you.At the end of the movie Glinda the Good Witch informs Dorothy she has always had the power togo home. “Why didn’t you tell me?” Dorothy rightly inquires, only to be told, “Because you haveto find out for yourself.” Some things you simply have to experience for yourself. Leadership isone of them.
    • Reflection on experience in a way that informs how to handle future experiencesis the fundamental key to development. Leadership is a developmental process. Help along the way is essential, but no one else can develop for you.
    • Leadership is much more than telling people to go down the yellow brick road. It’s about authentically engaging them Thank You Very Much in the adventure. Sompong Yusoontorn