Three Leadership Quotes from the Movie Black Panther

We just watched the movie Black Panther. Frankly, I thought it was ho hum. Maybe because I was comparing it to Wonder Woman which rocked.

However, I heard some great leadership wisdom from the Black Panther’s father, King T’Chaka.

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#1. “You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king.”

It might be difficult for good-hearted leaders to deal with tough issues, at least when they’re young. As time passes, wise leaders learn it’s better to confront tough issues than to let them fester.

Some are great at being tough. Others are known for being kind. High performance leaders are both tough and kind.

5 ways to be tough and kind:

  1. Establish high standards and ask how you might help. Helping isn’t doing someone’s job for them. It’s enabling them to exceed past performance.
  2. Expect team members to follow-through. Ask about progress before deadlines arrive.
  3. Bring up poor performance before it becomes daily practice. Create development plans.
  4. Be curious when confronting tough issues.
  5. Be tough on yourself before being tough on others. Double standards deflate enthusiasm.

#2. “A man who has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father.”

The point of parenting isn’t shielding children from challenge and difficulty, but preparing them to endure it.

I’m not a fan of connecting fatherhood and leadership. It degrades team members to children. However, the sentiment of the quote is challenging.

Work yourself out of a job.

The more essential you become, the less effective you are.

#3. “You’re going to struggle so surround yourself with people you trust.”

Everyone needs trusted allies.

If you can achieve your goals on your own, you’re reaching too low.

How might leaders be both tough and kind at the same time?

How might leaders prepare people to thrive without them?

How might leaders surround themselves with trustworthy people?