One of my favorite movies is “Remember the Titans”. It’s based on the true story of Herman Boone, an African American high school football coach in his first season at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. Coach Boone arrived in 1971 just as the city consolidated all local students into one integrated high school. The entire community was forced to confront racism against the backdrop of an uncertain football season.

In one powerful scene, Julius, a talented African American defensive player, and Gerry, a Caucasian defensive player who also is team captain; face off after a grueling series of three-a-day practices. They argue about leadership, unity, trust, and attitude. Check it out!

That scene is all about understanding how you got where you are and who helped you get there. Checking your attitude reflects everything important to great leadership. If you really want to measure your effectiveness as a leader, look at your attitude first.

It affects everyone.