One of the best exponents of Kouzes and Posner’s leadership behaviour of ‘model the way’ is surely Nelson Mandela. Both Invictus and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom illustrate this as Mandela overcomes his personal feelings of bitterness and anger to model the behaviours needed to create a new South Africa: forgiveness and reconciliation.
But last year’s excellent Bridge of Spies offers another role model: James Donovan, the property lawyer portrayed by Tom Hanks. Donovan finds himself drawn into the unfamiliar world of espionage and Cold War politics when asked to represent the captured Russian spy, Rudolf Abel. [Continue reading]