Sacrificial Leadership

It should be no surprise that I come up with many of the topics for these articles while living my daily life. Things that I see, hear, and generally pay attention to influence the information I have to pass on. Today, that information comes from a fantastic Disney movie I’m distracting my son with. Big Hero 6 was a massive box office success in 2014, generating $222 Mil domestically and over $650 Mil total. But today’s lesson isn’t about box office success, but about the lesson introduced to us early in the film, then reiterated later several times, and it came from the film’s catalyst. Let’s learn about sacrificial leadership from Big Hero 6’s Tadashi Hamada.

For those of you who have not seen the movie, I definitely recommend it. It’s clever, engaging, and has enough to satisfy both children and adults. Warning: Spoilers ahead. In the opening scenes of the movie, we are introduced to a young man named Hiro, who is the main character of the movie. He is attending a “bot fight”, where he intends to hustle the champion for the winnings. He is successful, then caught by the champ and his gang. Right in the moment of trouble, Hiro’s brother steps in like a white knight to the rescue. Later, after a science and technology fair, a fire breaks out. After the discovery that there is still someone inside, Tadashi risks everything to go in and save him, saying, “Someone has to help.” Those were Tadashi’s last words, and they stuck with Hiro. At the end of the movie, Hiro utters the same words before he attempts to save Dr Callaghan’s daughter, nearly costing him his life.

And that’s the lesson. Leaders do what must be done, even if it could cost them everything. The right thing is the right thing, and never worth sacrificing for selfish reasons. That’s what Tadashi did, and that’s what Hiro learned from him. It’s also what those of us that lead others must do when we’re faced with a decision that might cost us. We’ve always got to do the right thing, even if we lose as a result.

How do you feel about making the sacrifice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, and make sure you share this with your friends. Have an amazing Tuesday, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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Michael McNew
Web developer, marketing innovator, technology enthusiast, and founder of Visceral Concepts, Michael McNew has developed a passion for delivering value to small business, turning his creativity towards image and reputation building for small business owners.