Oceans Leadership Movies

The Oceans leadership movies really highlight some great depth and meat to the leadership lessons layered within. Here we will focus in on some of those great lessons and how we can exhibit them in our lives and teach others about how to work in a team dynamic. I hope you're excited as this will be a great learning experience!

I'm a fan of all three movies but my personal opinion is that each one got better (which is rare) so this is the sum of all three movies. It's quite easy to do this as all the movies follow a similar theme and have the same team involved, thereby giving the team culture we want to explore.


The three Oceans leadership movies follow on from one another eloquently. Each one consists of a major confidence job that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and Rusty (Brad Pitt) need a team to accomplish. They assemble a group of people they have trusted throughout to take on certain roles and accomplish certain cons throughout the stories.

The brilliance of these movies comes with the imagination, creativity and intelligence in which they are put together. The story's take many twists and turns along the way but are entertaining for a wide variety of viewers. The particular growth of team members is very easy to see in the third movie where Danny and Rusty almost look like they should be retiring to let the younger guys take over. You will not be disappointed by watching these intelligent and creative movies.

Below is the trailer for the first Oceans leadership movie (The first movie) as a teaser for you!

Reuben: I know more about casino security than any man alive, I invented it, and it cannot be beaten. They got cameras, they got locks, they got watchers, they got timers, they got vaults, they got enough armed personnel to occupy Paris!

Saul: I have a question, say we get into the cage, and through the security doors there and down the elevator we can't move, and past the guards with the guns, and into the vault we can't open...

Basher: See, when a nuclear weapon detonates it unleashes an electromagnetic pulse which shuts down any power source within its blast radius. Now that tends not to matter in most cases because a nuclear weapon usually destroys everything you might need power for anyway. A pinch creates a similar electromagnetic pulse, but without the fuss of mass destruction and death. So instead of Hiroshima, you'd be getting the seventeenth century.

Danny Ocean: [explaining about The Bank to Roman] Bank's swinging for the one this one. Forget weekenders and conventioneers. He's built this place for whales. It's a shoo-in for the Five Diamond Award. The marble was hand-picked in Italy. The chefs stolen for the highest-rated restaurants in the Michelin guide book. In the villas, for his big players, the silverware is actually gold. Bank's greatest strength is also his weakness: ego. He's been spending his days checking and rechecking every inch of the property, getting ready for the big grand opening celebration. It's a complusion.

The Ocean's Leadership Movies: Team Lessons

The Oceans leadership movies lessons here are a little more general as this isn't a really obvious leadership movie (which you can see by the quotes i've picked!). Nonetheless there are some excellent team principles here which will enable you to excel in your own influence!

1. Find the right person for the right task.

It's said over and over again but you wont use ratchet to un-screw a wooden cabinet, just like you wouldn't use someone with no personal skills to greet everyone at a conference. In these movies Danny and Rusty are very particular in who they get to do certain things but the teams skills are really varied and diverse. As leaders often we'll nominate anyone who puts their hand up, but this will only get you mild results. Know your team well enough to pick someone especially for specific tasks and you'll see them grow and be happier as well as the task being done to a better standard.

2. Give team members opportunity to flourish.

My favorite character throughout is that played by Matt Damon, he's so awkward and tries really hard in the shadow of his parents. In the first movie he stuffs up a couple of times and the rest of the team have no confidence in him throughout all three, but Danny and Rusty trust him with some important jobs. This builds trust and lets Damon pull out from his parents shadow and become the confidence man he's always wanted to be. The Oceans leadership movies have a significant element of empowerment and delegation we hope you picked up on.

3. Don't panic when things go wrong.

Time and time again I see team leaders (and teams) completely fall apart in situations where things may go wrong in the midst of a task. I personally think it's ridiculous because things never go the way you plan them, you must always be flexible and able to roll with the punches. The Ocean's team time and time again face turmoil and things coming up which look impossible, however they don't panic or back out so easily as most. They stay calm, look at their options and make smart choices often bringing in the abilities of the team members to save the day and that's brilliant leadership.

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