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3 family flicks about leadership
The Lion King (1994) - photo by Sarah Bringhurst
FAMILY TIME Movies have a way of teaching us essential life lessons, sometimes without us even realizing it. Interestingly enough, some of the best lessons come from films made for children that the whole family can enjoy together.

Leadership skills can be hard to learn, but one of the first steps to mastering these skills is recognizing good leaders and the qualities that make them great. These three movies offer some excellent examples of what it takes to lead others to greatness.

The Lion King

This is my kingdom. If I dont fight for it, who will?

In The Lion King, Simba learns many important life lessons from his dad, Mufasa. He learns all about the circle of life, what it means to be brave, and dont forget the essential pouncing lesson. But most of all, Mufasa shows him an example of a great leader.

Later on in the movie, after finding out about the suffering in the Pridelands he left behind, Simba once again takes counsel from his father and battles for his rightful place as king.

Being a good leader, like Simba, requires the courage and determination to fight for what is right and knowing ones place in the circle of life.

The Lion King is 97 percent worth your time and OK for ages 4 and up.

Toy Story 2

We have a friend in need, and we're not going to rest until he's safe in Andy's room!

We all know Woody is the leader of Andys toys, but what happens when everyones favorite cowboy is toy-napped? Luckily for Woody and the rest of the gang, Buzz Lightyear is ready for action.

This space ranger not only rallies his troops for a rescue mission, but is also prepared to sacrifice for his friend in need. Facing dangerous conditions, such as a construction zone, and even battling his arch nemesis, Buzz Lightyear never gives up on his friends.

Like a great leader, Buzz values friendship and puts others before himself.

Toy Story 2 is 100 percent worth your time and OK for ages 4 and up.

Chicken Run

Where there's a will, there's a way.

The chickens living on Tweedys farm live a quiet life, but have always dreamed of the greener grass outside of their little coops. But when the Tweedys decide to start selling chicken pot pies instead of just eggs, the hens are desperate to escape and look to Ginger for a plan.

Thats when Rocky, a smooth-talking American rooster, appears on the scene and promises to teach the chickens how to fly. Despite his empty promises, Ginger is resolved to get everyone to safety and make a better life for her fellow hens.

Ginger is a great leader because she never gives up, even when the going gets tough.

Chicken Run is 75 percent worth your time and OK for ages 6 and up.