A bad leader can resort to yelling and intimidation. To get the best from your employees, draw them towards a common goal.

How far can a leader just to get the best from your people? What is the thin line between right and wrong? You really Machiavelli was right in thinking that the end justifies the means? Does the requirement is synonymous with excellence?


Whiplash , the film recently won three Oscar (Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing and Best Sound) awards, has sparked a controversy by having as main argument a method of cruel, militant and aggressive to get the best education student.

Terence Fletcher -character that gave him the Oscar for best actor JK Simmons Distributable is a master of jazz that uses physical and psychological violence as a primary tool to achieve perfection in the performance of their students.

Although the end Fletcher achieved its goal to push one of his students, played by Andrew Miles Neyman Teller- far beyond expectations, should keep in mind to do it right is not always synonymous with doing the right thing.

  1. The culture of fear and vetting
    although this aspect is taken to the extreme in the film, unfortunately, in the business world is more common than we can imagine.

In various processes of coaching I’ve noticed that in the working atmosphere reigns a feeling of fear and mistrust wrong to express them freely and creatively for fear of the consequences or scolding you may have by the leaders.

The most serious is that this attitude is contagious and is permeating into all areas, until it becomes a fundamental part of the culture and the “modus operandi” of the organization.

  1. Hunters errors
    some leaders seem to be very attentive when it comes to highlight what has not been done or what is wrong, but when it comes to highlighting the achievements and progress do too much fuss.Maybe so emit recognitionbut is very light compared to the emphasis they place on the areas of opportunity.

The teacher Fletcher detected only times when students were out of time, but was unable to recognize their effort and commitment. For example, the day when Andrew comes bleeding and badly injured a concert, after suffering a car accident on the way.

  1. No objective should be greater than the dignity of a person
    as important is an objective, it can not override a person.Disrespect and / or humiliation can have a significant impact on self-esteem and mood.

The feedback of a leader is a very delicate weapon that can catapult an individual’s potential and bring it to unimaginable places or conversely, kill and destroy his passion, security and desire to move forward.

For Andrew, abuse it encouraged further for attaining his dream of being the best in its class, however, is no guarantee that everyone will react the same. Remember that the same medicine can relieve a person and kill another.

  1. Confrontation defying vs.confrontation that destroys
    there are positive and negative confrontations.The positive confrontation awakens people of lethargy, the error shows, takes them realize their blind spots, the challenge to change and improve. The negative confrontation offends, exposes, seeks to fight and belittle the other person. This type of confrontation can generate resentment, insecurity and hostility.

Once one of my bosses told me, “You are as good bulls: you more than the pain.” No doubt there are people who face a confrontation give the best of themselves, but it is likely that many other people react in opposite ways away from getting bogged grow or stagnate at a negative confrontation.

  1. Destroy confidence
    How to trust someone who humiliates and abuses you?What results can be in an environment where there is mistrust and resentment?The basis of any successful relationship, whether personal or business, is trust.

According to several studies, one of the main reasons why a person decides to leave an organization is holding poor relationship with his supervisor.

Probably in an environment of high pressure and demand generated good results, but how long can a person under those conditions and what their level of commitment to the vision of the leader and the organization?

Personally I declare myself totally against using any kind of aggression as a means to an end, however, I think there are three ideas and very redeemable learning in the film that will help us optimize our leadership: passion for what do, focus and commitment to our objectives and avoid condescending attitudes that put us in a weak and conformist position.

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