5 Powerful Leadership Lessons to Learn From Star Wars’s Boba Fett

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People are formed by experiences. Immerse yourself in a new experience, build your character and redefine your values ​​and mission.

It’s a phenomenon that also happens in fictional worlds. In the new series from disney+, Boba Fett’s bookviewers have a front-row seat to the transformation as Boba Fett is taken in by the Sand People (the “Tusken Raiders”) after they are pronounced dead – it completely reshapes him.

In my role as Founder and CEO of Optimized Brain, I am often inspired by heroic characters, and Boba Fett is a powerful example for all entrepreneurs and leaders who are called to lead in difficult times. Boba Fett inspired me to build and lead a global company in turbulent times, and his character offers some important lessons that might motivate you to lead with conviction, too.

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1. Do what it takes to keep A players

Boba Fett’s ambitions change after a life-changing experience with the Tusken Raiders. Instead of working as a “bounty hunter” for various bosses, he wants to build and run his own empire. So he asks Master Assassin Fennec Shand to join him on this mission, saying, “You can only get so far without a tribe.” Fennec initially refuses. She tells him that she will take on the various jobs but wants to become a self-employed contractor as she values ​​her freedom.

Similarly, on your leadership journey, you will meet amazing A-players who are not yet convinced to be 100% dedicated to your mission. So what to do to convince them?

Take a page from Boba’s book; He’s seen Fennec in action. He needs someone who not only has the brawn but also the brains. Fennec has both. To keep her, Boba presents competitive terms that no one has had before: “I will share in all of your success and promise my life to protect yours.”

As a leader, signing and retaining A-players may require a variety of perks. How do they look? Be it equity in the company, generous parental leave or unlimited vacation days – the possibilities are almost limitless.

2. People don’t see your good intentions, do good anyway

In your quest to make a positive impact through your business, you must work with diverse parties to deliver results at scale. What do you do when other parties are unwilling to forge an alliance to help you achieve mutually beneficial goals?

When Boba Fett becomes the new leader (daimyo) of Mos Espa territory, he wants to forge connections with the leaders of other nearby regions. He believes that cooperation rather than competition will protect their planet from threats. But when Boba Fett proposes an alliance to the leaders so all can thrive, he faces objections. Others don’t see it as their problem. One even challenges Boba’s leadership, saying that Boba’s territory is under attack, not hers, and that there is no need to spill the blood of their ranks.

What will you do when others disagree with you on a mutually beneficial mission?

Boba stood up and answered fiercely, “Then I will fight these battles alone. I will defeat these invaders threatening our planet. I will make the streets safe again so everyone in this space can thrive.” Not only did Boba choose to lead alone, but he selflessly did so for the benefit of all parties.

If you approach an organization to work with you, consider how you can help make sure everyone wins, even if people aren’t necessarily willing to work together.

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3. Stand firm in your guiding principles

When you step into an influential leadership position, you have your narrow circle, such as B. Investors, your executive team, and maybe even immediate family members whispering instructions in your ear with good intentions. But how do you muffle the noise? How do you make a decision when faced with conflicting views?

Once again we can learn from Boba Fett. As the new daimyo, the people around him offer sound advice that he must show strength in order to be accepted by the people of Mos Espa. His droid brings in the two bodyguards of the former Daimyo of Mos Espa and advises to torture them so that their screams will send a powerful message across the land. But that’s not the kind of leader Boba wants to be, so he rejects the droid’s advice, later saying, “Jabba [the former Daimyo] ruled with fear. I intend to rule with respect.”

If you don’t know your core values ​​and principles, it becomes difficult to make decisions during difficult times, especially when advice from your close circle sounds like it’s working in your favor. What values ​​can you rely on to make decisions in uncertain times?

4. Negotiate with clear intentions

As a leader, you receive by giving. How do you ensure that this exchange of giving and receiving has clear terms if it’s not based on monetary transactions? To excel at negotiating, watch how others do it.

Boba Fett continually negotiates for resources throughout his leadership. When Boba becomes the Daimyo of Mos Espa territory, his droid brings in the previous leader’s two bodyguards and reports that they would not surrender. Although the droid advises killing the bodyguards, Boba instead asks, “Would you be loyal to me if I spared your life?” Boba knows he needs a team of those he can trust most with his life, so he makes it clear to the two bodyguards that he will not kill them if they remain loyal to him.

When someone asks you for something in a business exchange, consider how you will negotiate the terms so that the other party appreciates the full value you have to offer.

See also: 5 steps to mastering the art of negotiation

5. Focus on a clear mission

On your business trip, you will face many challenges and distractions that can throw you off course. Why are you a leader in this business? Who are you doing this business for? Do you protect shareholders, employees or customers when you have to make sacrifices?

Boba Fett is constantly challenged on his mission. He ends up facing villain Cad Bane, who is ready to murder Boba. Before Cade Bane pulls the trigger, he asks Boba for his point of view. Boba replies, “This is my town. These are my people. I will not leave them.” Then, in one swift movement, Boba strikes back to protect what matters most to him – his people.

What will you fight for in difficult times? When unprecedented times come, will you take the easy route and go, or will you stay to fight with and for your people?

In the new Disney+ war of stars series, the heroic Boba Fett character has empowered me to rethink how I lead Optimized Brain to address a pressing global issue: mental wellbeing in the workplace. It inspired me to bring more empathy, humility, and stronger belief to serve my company’s global mission of helping more entrepreneurs and leaders improve their performance by tuning their brains. Perhaps while watching the seven-part series, The book by Boba Fett is just the leadership inspiration you need to unleash your inner warrior during difficult times.

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