“My friends, 3 weeks from now I will be harvesting my crops, imagine where you will be and it will be so. Draw the line, stay with me, you find yourself alone lying in green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled for you are in Elysium and you’re already dead. Alas what we do in life echoes in eternity”. -Maximus
This is one movie that almost after a decade I saw it and decided to see it again, I have learnt so many lessons from it, and in fact I learn something new from it each time I see it that I now regard as my best movie on leadership for now. It is a millennium movie.
The above statement is really a unique one I must say, this is an army general who regards his junior officers as friends, yes of course even with his interaction with them and the way he checked up on them you would know he really took them as that. Now before this statement they were about to go into war and as a way of a pep talk he confidently said, ‘3 weeks from now I will harvesting my crops’. Meaning he was sure of victory and also coming out alive from this war they were about to be engaged in.
To the subordinates who most likely might be fearful about the war, he gave the charge to ‘imagine where they would be and it will be so’. Wow! This man even knows the power of the mind in creating the future that one wants. To him he knew he would be harvesting his crops, his mind was set on it, so he is telling his soldiers same, to think of where they would be.
In order to shape their mind to be optimistic about this war, he told them to draw the line and stay with him, meaning don’t lose hope, keep faith alive and see this war to eventual victory. He went ahead to tell them in case they find themselves in a particular situation of being alone in green fields with the sun shining on them, then they are in Elysium.
Elysium means heaven and a place of peace and rest. This is just telling them not to be afraid of death even if it beckons but he didn’t stop there, he took it to the climax of it all; ‘what you do in life echoes in eternity’. Now the eternity here is that Elysium, so he was telling them that this war is a just cause if not he won’t be talking about heaven. This is a leader who understands the danger in what he is doing, both to himself and his followers and he found it worthy to prepare their minds for the worst, which is death.
In every leadership, the leader must have the ability to inspire hope in his followers that despite the danger involved in the task, they will gladly and proudly walk into it, damning the consequences so long as the leader has shown them it is a worthy cause.
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