Movies and 7 Habits Connections
June 8, 2020

Are you looking for new ways to teach leadership to your students or family members? Leadership learning is all around us, including one of our favorite activities—watching movies! 

Watching a movie and escaping into a riveting story is fun. It’s also a great way to share time together with peers and family. Did you know that you can create powerful leadership-learning connections by asking the right questions about a movie you’ve watched? Cue up (again) that movie that has been playing on repeat at home or get ready for your Friday family movie tradition, and consider these tips and resources to invite leadership learning through movies.

Tip 1:  Thoughtfully select movies.

Choose age-appropriate movies with positive messaging. Consider selecting movies that teach relevant and needed lessons for the specific audience. You might even want to choose a specific theme. Are you hoping students will make healthier choices? Do you want them to learn perseverance in difficult times?

Tip 2:  Identify teachable moments.

Regardless of how confident you feel in your own knowledge, tap into the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Remember, we adults don’t have to be experts, we just need to ask the right questions for children to explore. Check out the questions included in this resource: Lights! Camera! Leadership!

Tip 3:  Discuss and invite voice.

Make a habit of engaging in discussion before, during, and after the movie. When you’ve hit pause and you’re taking that bathroom or snack break, throw out some “wonderings” and explore each other’s thinking. Create a safe space for personal expression by responding to answers with an open mind and flexibility. Honor all answers, regardless of your viewpoint, while gently stretching everyone’s thinking. 

Grab a bowl of popcorn and gear up for exciting leadership discussions! 


Lights! Camera! Leadership! Create powerful leadership-learning connections by asking questions about a movie you’ve watched.

Use these 7 Habits Brainstormers to prompt habit connections.


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