- Analyzing and Strategizing
A chess player is constantly faced with challenging situations. It forces the player to see the board from multiple angles, order information, and visualize the end game. Then it requires him or her to put together a plan of action that will bring about a successful outcome.
“Good leadership identifies people’s strengths and positions them to use those strengths.”
Each piece in chess has a strength and function. The greatest players are able to take those pieces and maximize their effectiveness. In the same way, good leadership involves identifying the strengths of people and putting them in a position to use those strengths. Individuals will succeed as well as the overall group or organization.
- Measuring Consequences
There are lots of choices to make and wrong moves come with a cost. This lesson is taught over and over. Decisions become sharper because the brain is trained how to think multiple steps forward. What once seemed cloudy becomes clear.
- Overcoming Adversity
It took me three years to beat my dad for the first time. Each time I lost he told me that it was a learning experience. I studied, practiced, played him again and again, and eventually, overcame.
- Self-Discipline and Patience
There is always the temptation to move too quickly or take the easy way out. That’s when you get burned. Victory takes investment, time, and focused thought. This movie, inspired by a true story, illustrates the point.