10 Leadership Quotes And Principles From X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

I am a big fan of the X-Men series.  I have to admit it, I’m a guy.  I like things that are big, loud, shiny, blow-up, and require a lot of special effects.  X-Men: First Class fits the bill though I would leave the kids at home.  It is much more violent and suggestive than the previous movies.

The following are the leadership quotes and principles from the movie.

  1. “You unlock your gift with anger and praise” says Sebastian Shaw played by Kevin Bacon.  Whether it is a holy discontent, deep burden, or an injustice that must be made right, extreme emotions leveraged properly can unleash giftedness, creativity, and solutions.  
  2. “Any involvement of the mutant involves the extinction of the less evolved kind.” – When we discover better ways to deliver business or ministry, we must be willing to end former practices no matter how popular or successful they once were.
  3. “I’m Frankenstein’s monster!”  These are the comments made by Erik Lehnsherr/Magnito played by Michael Fassbender.  The reality is that we will all sit down to a banquet of consequences.  We can choose our decisions.  We simply don’t get to choose our consequences.
  4. “I know a lab rat when I see one.  I’ve been one.” – also said by Erik.  We have greater empathy with people when we have actually experienced what they are going through and have walked in their shoes.
  5. “I wouldn’t call it a war necessarily.  That suggests that both sides have an equal chance of winning.” – There are times in leadership when discretion truly is the better part of valour.
  6. “True focus lies between rage and serenity.” – Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy, helps Erik unleash all his power by teaching him this basic truth.  Leaders, do you have a proper balance between a passion to make a difference and the peace of knowing you are equipped to fulfill your task and assignment?
  7. Coaching and Training Maximizes Talent – As Charles and Erik were preparing their team for the final battle scene, much training was involved.  It was a lesson that no matter how gifted and talented you are, effective coaching will always help you improve current performance.   
  8. “They’re good people.  They’re just carrying out orders!”  As Erik was carrying out vengeance at various points in the movie, this is what was told to him on several occasions.  As a leader, I have often had to carry out orders that I didn’t support or believe in.  The fact that I did still bothers me to this day.  Did I lack courage?  What if I got fired, would God take care of me?  Was I just being a faithful and good soldier?  Did I do the right thing?  Was God pleased with me?  I still don’t have answers to those questions.  Have you ever been there as a leader?
  9. Embrace Your Uniqueness – The X-Men movies remind us of Psalm 139:13-14 which states, “For Thou didst form my inward part; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” 
  10. What Satisfies – Revenge is a dish best served cold.  However, it simply doesn’t satisfy your soul or bring peace.

On a side note, this movie will always have a special place in my heart because the ocean and beach battle scenes were filmed in Jekyll Island, Georgia while my wife and I were vacationing there.  

Anyway, that’s my insights from the movie.  What are your thoughts?

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

4 Responses to “10 Leadership Quotes And Principles From X-Men: First Class”

  1. excellent composition man…thanks a lot 🙂

  2. Quite and interesting article on leadership 🙂 A bit unusual because of the inspiration from X-Men, but hey, I totally agree with number 8. There’s so many good people making bad choices and bad stuff in general because of poor leadership.

    I’ve been reading this very interesting book on the subject called “Are leaders born or made?” written by David Grabovac and it draws a line between today’s leaders and famous leaders of the past.

  3. Kristin Brænne Reply 06/04/2011 at 9:45 PM

    Stay excellent! ★


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