An Extraordinary Film that Will Inspire You as a Leader

Time to Read: 1 min...  

Time for Video: 30 mins...   

Need a boost of confidence and energy? Here’s a film that I watch whenever I want to be reminded of why I chose to be a leader and what can happen if I continue to work at making my small part of the world a better place.
WATCH - The Man Who Planted Trees also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, is a tale by French author Jean Giono. It was adapted as a movie and has earned many awards including an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The creation of this film was remarkable – it took 5 years and 20,000 drawings to bring the story to the screen.
CHECK OUT - this Amazon link for additional info about the original book and other adaptations.
It seems particularly appropriate to share this resource with you during the holidays. A time to reflect, be thankful, and look to the new year and new beginnings.
If you are already familiar with this film – view it again and be inspired.  If it is new to you – you are in for a treat.

Action Steps:

  • What thoughts came up for you in watching the film? How are you like Elzéard Bouffier or how could you be?
  • Share the link with your team (and family?) and ask about their reactions.
  • Discuss how your team's work is like planting trees and what the long-term impacts may be as a result.

 What other films have inspired you as a leader?  

Charles St.John

P.S. Tell me what you think – add your comments below.