We have already discussed Jack Aubrey’s skills and characteristics as a leader as well as the potential educational value of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, but the following guide takes those two concepts and combines them! It’s very exciting. The guide is meant to be used in training firefighters in the wildland fire service, and I can definitely see how leadership skills suitable to wartime would be suitable to that endeavor as well! I also think the guide could be easily adapted to work in any classroom where leadership skills are being taught, so I hope the teachers among you find it useful :)
Master and Commander illustrates an abundance of leadership values and principles—especially an emphasis on team cohesion and commander’s intent. Students should have few problems identifying those that correspond to the Wildland Fire Leadership Values and Principles. The objective is not to identify every leadership principle but to promote thought and discussion.
Students should be less concerned with how many principles they view within the film and more concerned with how the principles they do recognize can be used to develop themselves as a leader.
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Courtesy of Pam McDonald and the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program. PDF courtesy of Collin C.
Image: Screencap from Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (copyright Twentieth Century Fox 2003)