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Leadership movie review : We Were Soldiers

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Quite an old movie, but then again as someone once said “Old is gold”.

Based on the book ‘We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young’ by Lt Col Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway about the first major battle in the Ia Drang Valley in 1965, the film is a gruesome depiction of the bloody engagement in which 400 American troops, under the leadership of Moore, took on 2000 North Vietnamese.

Before leaving for Vietnam, Moore delivers a touching speech to his unit: “Look around you, in the 7th Cavalry, we got a Captain from the Ukraine, another from Puerto Rico, we got Japanese, Chinese, Blacks, Hispanics, Cherokee Indian, Jews and Gentiles, all American. Now here in the States some men in this unit may experience discrimination because of race or creed, but for you and me now, all that is gone. We’re moving into the valley of the shadow of death, where you will watch the back of the man next to you, as he will watch yours, and you won’t care what color he is or by what name he calls God. Let us understand the situation; we’re going into battle against a tough and determined enemy. I can’t promise you that I will bring you all home alive, but this I swear: when we go into battle, I will be the first one to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together. So help me God.”

Watching this movie, one gets a incredible demonstration of the key factors that define a true leader. Leadership through example, praise and congratulations,motivation, equality, accountability and learning from the mistakes of ones predecessor are just a  few of the qualities that are displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore while leading his troops in Vietnam.

An amazing movie full of emotion and soul, along with some tight leadership lessons.


Written by Talal Cassim

June 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm

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