I am more of a GLAM-PER (glorified camping) than a camper. While on my one week camping trip to Lake Billy Chinook, my dad and I took a day-vacation from our vacation to go into Bend and visit old friends. While killing time before our group dinner, we decided to see Wonder Woman. I am not much of a comic book fan and therefore went into the movie knowing almost nothing about her character, but by the end of the movie, I walked away with some fantastic leadership lessons.
At the start of the movie, I quickly learned that Diana aka Wonder Woman is so much more than just a super hero. She is a Goddess created from clay and brought to life by Zeus, the Greek God of the sky. She was raised by her mother Queen Hippolyta on a hidden island created by Zeus with only female Amazonian Warriors. He created them to protect mankind from evil, especially Ares the god of war. To me, this was really cool because it exemplifies female empowerment and leadership because Zeus created females to be the warriors of the world.
Since Diana grew up on a hidden island, she was protected by the Amazonian women and was unaware of the outside world. She knew her purpose was to protect mankind from Ares but did not know that outside of the island existed a world of war, hatred and violence. When she discovered this, her naive mindset led her to believe returning peace on earth was as simple as killing Ares, the god of war.
I see many new leaders like Diana start with this mindset. They think,” if I can just do this or that, attend this conference or workshop everything will radically change for me." These leaders try and pin their leadership success and abilities on one specific action, similar to Diana, who believed that killing Ares would change everything.
Towards the end of the movie, she gets her chance to battle Ares and successfully defeats him. Proud of herself she then looks up expecting the world to drastically change and rid of war, violence and hatred. When she sees nothing has changed she is confused and heartbroken because she sees people continuing to act in ways that hurt one another.She then witnesses her closest human friend Steve Trevor sacrifice his life to save thousands of other people.
At the end of the movie, after Trevor's sacrifice, Diana realizes that there are good and evil in all people, but everyone chooses for themselves who they will be. She realizes that life and leadership is not the result of one action or choice but a multitude of small choices that make a big impact.
It is our task to stop searching for the one solution and start looking inward at the small seemingly insignificant decisions we make daily. Those are the decisions that compound and create the biggest difference.
My challenge for you this week is to be aware of the small decisions you make daily and ask yourself, "if I continue to do this, will I like the outcome it creates?”