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The Science of Leadership: Shaping a Better Future


Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.

Simon Sinek

Another key Habit for Heroes is Leadership. I decided to explore current documentaries that somehow connected to this idea.

On my way to the office, I heard the tail end of an interview on NPR, where the guest was commenting on our current political landscape.

After a few minutes, I decided to change the dial. I landed on my next station just in time to hear the chorus to REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know it.” Being an optimist, I had to laugh at the twisted irony of it all.

Political Science
Which leads to the first movie recommendation of the week. Get Me Roger Stone. A master in the science of political controversy and manipulating the media, Stone’s career is a window into a half century of politics that led to the greatest upset in political history. From Watergate to Reagan and finally to today, this cartoon of a character helped to spark what has become “dirty politics”. This entertaining, if not educational, documentary serves as a colorful timeline to the rise of Trump.

You can see the movie on Netflix.

“My dad’s big thing was leave the world better then you found it.”

Bill Nye

The Science Guy
For a better example of a hero, demonstrating his leadership skills in a more productive manner, see Bill Nye, Science Guy. He has managed to make science fun for kids, and then transition to a legit science statesman. Nye’s previous mission of making science accessible to children is nothing compared to the new challenge of convincing adults of the realities of climate change.

With intimate and exclusive access, along with his patented playfulness, the movie allows the viewer to go on a real adventure into the science of climate change.

You can see the movie on Netflix, YouTube and Google Play.

Both of these films scored very well on the film festival circuit, with critics and audiences alike.

And they make us question the values, ethics and commitments made by our leaders. Worth a critique now, as our culture shapes the leaders of tomorrow.

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About the Author:
Jon Fitzgerald is the Founder of Cause Cinema, connecting audiences to the best in social impact Cinema. He is also the author of Filmmaking for Change.

The Science of Leadership: Shaping a Better Future was originally published in The Mission on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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