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The Lesson for Leaders from the classic film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid


Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid is a dark and anti-corporate film that dances with joy. It was made in 1969, after all.

Butch and Sundance are individuals and friends who are beset by modern life with its corporatism. One 'corporate team' after another, attack and eventually destroy our gentle and charming anti-heroes.

The film couldn't be more emphatic that Butch and Sundance are not an effective team. First, their own gang rebels against them. The gang is then obliterated by a corporate team of unstoppable super-policemen. Butch and Sundance survive, but are relentlessly pursued. They escape to Bolivia. They try to go straight and join a team in Bolivia which is promptly destroyed by a team of bandits. Again, they are the only two survivors. Eventually, they are surrounded and killed by the Bolivian army.

So why do we love the film?

The individuality, friendship, and physical beauty of the main characters raise them up to a mythic quality that overshadows the anonymous corporate teams that destroy them. The lesson for leaders: Cultivate your individuality, deepest and most loyal friendships, and beauty.

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