Want to Be a Leader Like Tom Cruise? 4 Supersonic Leadership Lessons From ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

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After a while away from theatres and seeing so many great reviews on social media, I decided to go to Top Gun . this weekend. I left the theatre with a big smile on mine and it felt like it had hit all of my buttons. Tom Cruise doesn’t disappoint.

It felt like I was at home because I spent most of my life in San Diego, and much of the movie was made there. If you live near the beaches, there isn’t a day that passes without you seeing a military aircraft.

I’ve previously talked about how rewiring your brain and taking accountability are extremely important to reach your goals. These are some scenes from the movie that will help to do that and perform like an entrepreneur.

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1. It’s time to let go

In the movie, Cruise and Val Kilmer share an emotional scene in which Cruise is still unsure about his decision to stop Goose’s son attending the flight academy. Maverick is feeling guilty and “Iceman”, who is also feeling it, says that it’s time for Maverick to let go. “

This is a very common problem for entrepreneurs who are emotionally trapped by past events and find it difficult to break through. One of my clients, who owned his own consulting business, realized that he had some anger from his divorce. This caused him to self-sabotage his new job and affected his ability to get clients. This allowed him to accept his responsibility for the divorce and to have difficult conversations with his ex about how to resolve the negative energy.

2. Let me show you it’s possible

One of my favorite scenes is when Maverick is given a make-or break leadership moment and decides that it is possible to successfully execute the mission. We see them shift from fear to confidence as they see Maverick succeed.

I was able to achieve my first business success by investing in mentors, coaches, and masterminds. They not only challenged my limiting beliefs but also gave me the opportunity to see what was possible. It opened up the possibility that others could do it. I decided to give it a try. You can hit the target if you take enough shots. Top Gun pilots have been practicing for missions like the one in the movie. If you don’t get your training shots in, you won’t be able to hit the bigger targets. It takes courage, courage, and the willingness to persevere despite the emotional challenges. Keep going.

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3. Let’s get rid of the classroom and hit the beach

When emotions are at an all-time high, leadership may call for a break from routine. We watch Maverick take the squadron to Coronado for a game on football to bond the group. The higher-ups initially dismiss this as insignificant, but soon realize that a breakdown of the connection between pilots could have a devastating effect on the mission.

Overwhelm, stress, and pressure can all lead to burnout, even for the most successful businesspeople. It’s normal to want to keep going. The key to entrepreneurship success is to realize that our bodies and nervous systems need to be relaxed in order to perform at their best. If we fail to do so, we run on fumes, then we need pick-me ups that are not sustainable and unhealthy. Fun is often the best way to shift energy when there is disconnection with others. Although it may seem counterproductive to “take time out”, full engagement occurs when we disconnect to connect more strongly.

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4. “Don’t think! Just do!” “

One of the tense scenes requires one of the pilots navigate low-level terrain to reach their target. One of the pilots starts to feel the pressure and is hesitant about reaching the required speed to complete the mission. The moment arrives when something changes and the advice to “Don’t think, just do!” hits home.

When we get in our head, we’re dead. Realize that fear can lead to overthinking and overanalysis, which can make it difficult to see the opportunities for breakthrough. I often tell my clients that there is a small window of opportunity to make progress in emotional intelligence and high-performance. Sometimes that window will close and it won’t. Meditation is a great way to connect with our bodies and be more intuitive. Sometimes, that can make a big difference in someone’s growth. It’s why it’s important to have someone to help us get out of funks. Someone we can trust.

There were many other moments from Top Gun that made my think about entrepreneurship. These were just a few. The film helped me to refocus on my mission and inspired me to become a better leader.

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