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Dive into the world of leadership with a cinematic twist on Leader's Lens, where movies meet management. Hosted by Jacob Espinoza, a leadership consultant turned non-profit director, and Cassidy Edwards, a visionary HR professional with a knack for building communities through compassion.

This dynamic duo unpacks leadership lessons hidden in the reels of their favorite films, offering actionable insights for today's leaders. Whether you're steering a Fortune 500 giant or nurturing a grassroots organization, Leader's Lens is your weekly dose of inspiration, blending storytelling with strategic leadership and HR wisdom. Subscribe to Leader's Lens for a unique blend of film analysis and leadership tactics, and let Jacob and Cassidy guide you through the challenges of leadership with lessons from the big screen.

Tune in, transform your leadership journey, and maybe even find your next favorite movie.

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Dive into the world of leadership with a cinematic twist on Leader's Lens, where movies meet management. Hosted by Jacob Espinoza, a leadership consultant turned non-profit director, and Cassidy Edwards, a visionary HR professional with a knack for building communities through compassion.

This dynamic duo unpacks leadership lessons hidden in the reels of their favorite films, offering actionable insights for today's leaders. Whether you're steering a Fortune 500 giant or nurturing a grassroots organization, Leader's Lens is your weekly dose of inspiration, blending storytelling with strategic leadership and HR wisdom. Subscribe to Leader's Lens for a unique blend of film analysis and leadership tactics, and let Jacob and Cassidy guide you through the challenges of leadership with lessons from the big screen.

Tune in, transform your leadership journey, and maybe even find your next favorite movie.

    S4 Ep5: Unraveling 'Boyz n the Hood's' Cultural Impact

    S4 Ep5: Unraveling 'Boyz n the Hood's' Cultural Impact

    In this compelling episode of "Leaders Lens: Unpacking Cinema's Impact," hosts Jacob Espinoza and Cassidy Edwards delve into the cultural and societal reverberations of the groundbreaking film "Boyz n the Hood." Directed by John Singleton, this early '90s masterpiece is celebrated for its authentic portrayal of life in South Central Los Angeles, offering a stark, unflinching look at the challenges faced by its residents, from systemic racism to violence and the struggle for identity.
    Jacob and Cassidy explore the film's significance as a cautionary tale and a coming-of-age story that remains profoundly relevant today. They discuss its impact on black cinema and how Singleton's direction brought critical issues to the forefront, earning him historic Oscar nominations. The hosts commend the film for its realistic depiction of the complexities of growing up in a tough neighborhood, highlighting the dual feelings of awe and anguish it evokes in viewers.
    A significant portion of the episode is dedicated to analyzing key characters, particularly Laurence Fishburne's portrayal of Furious Styles, a model of leadership and vision within the community. His mentorship and guidance, especially towards his son Trey (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.), provide a blueprint for positive influence and change. The hosts contrast this with the character of Doughboy, portrayed by Ice Cube, discussing his leadership style and the consequences of his actions on his surroundings.
    Jacob and Cassidy also touch on the film's exploration of themes such as the importance of education, mindfulness, and the power of making hard, ethical decisions. They reflect on how "Boyz n the Hood" not only entertains but educates, urging viewers to consider their own impact on their communities and the importance of leadership and accountability.
    The episode concludes with a discussion on the film's legacy and its call to action for viewers to engage with and address the systemic issues it portrays. "Leaders Lens: Unpacking Cinema's Impact" offers a deep, insightful analysis of "Boyz n the Hood," encouraging listeners to reflect on its themes and the enduring power of cinema to effect social change.
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    • 29 min
    S3 E5: Coming to America: Leadership Lessons from Prince Akeem

    S3 E5: Coming to America: Leadership Lessons from Prince Akeem

    In this captivating episode of Leader's Lens, hosts Jacob and Cassidy Edwards dissect the leadership styles and cultural themes depicted in the iconic film Coming to America. They contrast the authoritative leadership of Nino Brown with Prince Akeem's more empathetic and servant-oriented approach, underscoring the significance of authenticity, empathy, and collaboration in effective leadership. The conversation highlights Akeem's journey of cultural assimilation and identity in New York, maintaining his core values while forging genuine connections.
    The hosts praise Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall for their multifaceted performances, which enrich the film's insights into leadership and cultural interaction. Jacob and Cassidy wrap up the episode by extracting valuable lessons from Coming to America for contemporary leaders, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness, the courage to defy conventions, and the power of staying true to oneself.
    This episode of Leader's Lens not only pays homage to the film's enduring impact but also prompts listeners to reflect on how its exploration of leadership and cultural integration resonates in today's diverse societal and professional landscapes.
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    • 26 min
    The Nino Brown Blueprint: Power and Pitfalls in Leadership

    The Nino Brown Blueprint: Power and Pitfalls in Leadership

    Ever wondered what the gritty streets of 'New Jack City' can teach us about leadership, ambition, and the ethical dilemmas of power? Dive into the heart of the '90s cinematic underworld with hosts Jacob and Cassidy Edwards on 'Leader's Lens.' Each episode, we dissect iconic films to extract pivotal leadership lessons hidden within their narratives. This week, we're unraveling the complex saga of Nino Brown, a figure of charisma, vision, and ultimately, downfall.
    Join us as we explore how Nino's leadership style—marked by strategic brilliance yet marred by authoritarian ruthlessness—offers a cautionary tale for today's leaders. From his ability to rally a team around a shared vision, to the toxic fear-based tactics that sowed the seeds of his empire's destruction, 'New Jack City' serves as a rich case study in the dual nature of leadership.
    'Leader's Lens' is your bi-weekly deep dive into the leadership dynamics that shape our world, both on-screen and off. Whether you're a seasoned executive, an aspiring leader, or simply a film aficionado seeking deeper insights, this episode will challenge you to reflect on the qualities that define true leadership. Don't miss this exploration of power, loyalty, and the fine line between ambition and ethical integrity.

    • 24 min
    Leader's Lens: Leadership Insights from 'Friday'

    Leader's Lens: Leadership Insights from 'Friday'

    Welcome to a special episode of "Leader's Lens," where hosts Jacob and Cassidy Edwards take you on an insightful journey through the classic '90s comedy, "Friday," to uncover hidden gems of leadership wisdom. This episode is more than a nostalgic trip; it's a deep dive into the art of leadership, communication, and community engagement, all through the lens of an iconic film.
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    • 27 min
    S4 E6: What Makes Leaders Great? with Michael Girdley

    S4 E6: What Makes Leaders Great? with Michael Girdley

    What is servant leadership? And is it nearly as bad as it sounds, or just the byproduct of bad branding?
    Join Jacob as he sits down with Michael Girdley, an expert in leadership development, to discuss the qualities that make a great leader and how to effectively resolve conflicts in the workplace. 
    Michael shares his insights on servant leadership, setting clear goals, and the importance of empathy in preventing conflicts. He also talks about his journey and the leadership lessons he’s learned along the way. 
    Don't miss this engaging conversation with one of the top leaders in the field. Plus, find out why Michael is known as Chili's #1 super fan!
     
    00:01:18 - Developing Leadership Skills
    00:02:25 - Balancing Servant Leadership and Boundaries
    00:04:51 - Helping CEOs Gain Perspective in Decision-Making
    00:07:13 - Transitioning from CEO to Board Member: Unlearning Habits and Mindset
    00:12:01 - Leadership Lessons
    00:15:19 - The Importance of Leadership Development
    00:22:31 - Effective Conflict Resolution for Leaders
    00:27:00 - Navigating Conflict in Remote Work
    00:30:08 - How to Identify Someone's Passion
    00:31:54 - Creating Scalable Solutions for Success
    00:37:04 - Discover the Incredible Leaders Lens
     
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    Ready to unlock the secret to developing a healthy, happy, and more profitable team? Then check out my newest development course and learn to start leading from your team’s collective strengths.
     
    And if you’re looking for deep dives, tactics and the resources you need to up your leadership game, you need Leader’s Lens - Jacob’s twice-weekly newsletter.
     
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    • 36 min
    S4 E5: Why All Great Teams Start with Trust

    S4 E5: Why All Great Teams Start with Trust

    Sometimes, understanding the root of your team’s dysfunction is the only way to help them actually function.
    This week, Jacob dives into the topic of building a cohesive team and incentivizing team success over individual success. 
    Why is trust the one central element to building a strong, cohesive team? Jacob emphasizes the importance of leaders demonstrating trustworthiness through their actions and explains why conflict resolution and accountability are explored as key components in fostering a healthy team dynamic. 
    He also shares a framework called SAO (Situation, Action, Outcome), revealing how it can be used to reward behaviors that contribute to the team's success. Plus, don’t forget to check out the book "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni as a valuable resource for leaders looking to improve team cohesion. 
     
    00:00:00 - Building a Cohesive Team for Success
    00:01:42 - Addressing the Five Dysfunctions of a Team
    00:05:55 - The Invaluable Book on Team Dysfunction
    00:06:53 - Building Trust and Accountability in Teams
    00:07:58 - Building Trust and Handling Mistakes
    00:17:21 - Incentivizing Team Success Over Individual Success
     
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    Ready to unlock the secret to developing a healthy, happy, and more profitable team? Then check out my newest development course and learn to start leading from your team’s collective strengths.
     
    And if you’re looking for deep dives, tactics and the resources you need to up your leadership game, you need Leader’s Lens - Jacob’s twice-weekly newsletter.

    • 20 min

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