The glitz and glamour of the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood has been widely captured in photographs and videos which continue to make waves around the world.
The smiles and speeches are captivating!
What a Night!
Lupita Nyong’o, winner of best supporting actress role said in her acceptance speech,
“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s,” with reference to Patsey, the character she played in the wrenching 19th Century historical drama, ‘12 Years a Slave’.
In the spirit of Lupita’s sentiments of joy and pain, I took a look at some behind-the-scenes activities and sacrifices for any leadership lessons that we might glean from the awards.
3 Leadership Lessons From The Oscars
When Lupita auditioned for her role, she was about to graduate from the Yale School of Drama. She told The Huffington Post that her manager received the script for her client, Garret Dillahunt, who plays Armsby in the film, and she thought Lupita would be good for the role of Patsey.
She happened to be at the right place at the right time, which is where it all starts.
Similarly, to take up a leadership position, you need to be in the right place and time that your skills can be applied. But there’s more.
Presence without having what it takes to lead comes to naught if one is unprepared for the role.
Benjamin Disraeli said this:
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.”
The men and women at the Oscars undoubtedly worked long and hard before the crowning. Equally, it takes investing time and other resources to develop one’s leadership skills so that when the opportunity comes, one is ready to seize it. Don’t wait to develop your leadership skills when you get the opportunity to lead.
As Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden said, “When opportunity comes it’s too late to prepare.”
Even though the awards were awarded to individuals, none of the winners can claim to have achieved whatever they did without any external support.
Ekaterina Walter asserted this:
“There is no such thing as a self-made man. We are all made of hundreds of others.”
Think of the family and friends; directors, mentors and supportive fellow cast members; make-up artists and designers; chauffeurs, and others who supported the men and women on the final roll, to enable them achieve their wins. Sacrificial and enduring support carried the day.
The same is true of leaders. They are not where they are of their own individual effort. As leadership author, teacher and speaker John Maxwell says, there are no solo leaders – without a lot of people working together, there would be no successful leaders.
Bonus – Exception
As a bonus, I’ll share one exception to the Oscars. The awards are limited in number and hotly contested. The good news for leaders is that each and every leader – whether of self or others – has the opportunity to excel and shine.
All it takes is pursuing one’s life’s purposes with excellence, and touching lives in the best possible manner along the way.
How has your joy as a leader been due to so much pain in others’ lives? How can you position yourself and others on your team to seize opportunities to make a difference? How are you contributing to the making of other leaders?
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