Attitude reflect leadership

There’s a great scene in the 90s Disney movie “Remember the Titans” where the two protagonists engage in an intense war of words.

“Captain’s supposed to be the leader right?”


“You got a job?”

“I have a job.”

“You been doin’ your job?

“I’ve been doing my job”

“… Nobody plays. Yourself included. I’m supposed to wear myself out for the team? What team? Nah, nah what I’m gonna do is look out for myself and I’ma get mine.”

“See man, that’s the worst attitude I ever heard.”

Attitude reflect leadership, Captain.”

I thought of this “attitude reflect leadership” quote a few times in the past months.

We walked into a store where the only employee was busy on their phone. We looked around to see that the manager was too.

We walked into another store where every employee went out of their way to make our experience great. The manager seemed to be with every customer all at once.

I spent time with an organization that had undergone a transformation. Everyone agreed it was thanks to dynamic leadership that changed the culture.

We even saw a family at dinner at a restaurant where everyone seemed to be busy on the phone. It turns out they were just following the example their parents were setting for them.

Attitude reflects leadership indeed. In more ways than we realize.