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What Chadwick Boseman's Life Can Educate Us To Be Leaders

Three key leadership lessons from Chadwick Boseman's career and life that we can embody as entrepreneurs.

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September
2, 2020

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Like much of the world, I was shocked to hear the passing of the actor Chadwick Boseman, who has received high acclaim for his performance in Black Panther and other hit films in recent years.

To know that in the past four years he has not only made films that have moved us emotionally and intellectually, but also between chemotherapy and major operations, was a shock. It shows us that he really embodied how to have his own conversation – to own his crown as a leader in every role he played on set and in his real life off-screen.

His dedication to playing roles so gracefully and powerfully while maintaining his privacy is something that many Hollywood actors cannot do without alienating fans. However, Boseman has managed to get us to reconsider the narratives every step of the way.

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There are so many lessons we can learn from him. Being a successful entrepreneur is not just about creating something that will stand the test of time, it is also about really making an impact and triggering meaningful conversations and change. You can't just rely on talent – you need to be aware of the narratives you are contributing to. Here are three key leadership lessons from Chadwick Boseman's career and life that any entrepreneur can embody.

1. Build a ship big enough for more than one man

Teamwork creates excellence, and contributing to it means never viewing a role or responsibility as too big or too small. Be aware of who is on your team and how they can use their uniqueness to grow your business.

I recently read that Chadwick Boseman was going to auditions to support roles in the films he was working on. It goes without saying that this is unusual for leading actors in big budget films. But Boseman understood that developing a strong team that could perform as a whole was as important as his own performance.

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2. Innovation by going deep and not far

The concept of "innovation" is being overused in entrepreneurship. So many companies just change the packaging and provide the same service, support and information as everyone else. Innovation doesn't mean reinventing the wheel – it pays attention to the details that no one else has thought of. Some of the companies we've come to love are all innovative because they embody that trait. Think of Apple, which is putting the world in its pocket with the iPhone, or even Netflix, which has changed the way we consume films and television.

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Paying attention to details was something Boseman knew was important. Ryan Coogler, co-writer and director of Black Panther, said Boseman talked a lot about lines and different ways to add depth to each scene. What caught my eye, however, was his attention to the minute details. According to Coogler, Boseman took care of everything from costumes to military practices. He once said to Coogler: “Wakandans have to dance during the coronations. If they only stand there with spears, what makes them different from the Romans? "

Every entrepreneur should embody this level of awareness. Are you really asking yourself: what makes us different from the rest?

3. Be brave enough to switch the box

As an entrepreneur, it's not about putting everything in a neat box and ticking things off a to-do list. It redefines the box so the parameters can be stretched never to go back to what they were before. It may sound like I am overestimating the importance of what entrepreneurs can create, but isn't it all entrepreneurs who create new opportunities that expand our imaginations beyond what we'd previously thought?

All of the technology we see now, the evolution and change that has happened at speeds we didn't expect 20 years ago, is because entrepreneurs were brave enough to change the box.

This is why Chadwick Boseman was so popular in all of his roles, from Jackie Robinson to the godfather of soul music James Brown to King T & # 39; Challa in Black Panther. In every role, Boseman appeared not only as an actor, but also as a leader. As entrepreneurs in this climate today, more than ever, we need fewer imitators and more managers who are willing to get involved.

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