Luther Krank’s Leadership Development

It’s Christmas time everywhere you go now. Music, lights and of course Christmas movies have taken over everything we see and hear. “Christmas with the Kranks” is one of my wife’s favorites and on our must-watch list every year. And sure enough as we were looking for something to watch last night there is was like a good old friend waiting for us.

Like any movie which I have seen many times, I begin to clue into very fine details of it, find errors or notice things which I haven’t in the past. For example, the wreath on the Kranks’ door was present and absent multiple times until one scene about mid-way through the movie Luther throws its away. Then it was seen no more until the final portion when the family and neighbors make preparations for Blair’s return home.

Now what does this have anything to do with leadership you may ask? Well, during one scene last night I noticed something that I haven’t in the past. Luther Krank was attempting to expand his leadership knowledge. During the hilarious “carolers sceneyou can clearly see that Lurther Krank is reading a book with “Leader” as the predominant word in the title. Immediately intrigued I took to the internet today to find which book it was and viola!

It appears that Luther Krank was reading John C. Maxwell’s “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader.” The movie eludes to the fact that Luther is well-respected in his organization and has climbed the corporate ladder but seems to have stalled. Emmet Walsh’s character Walt Scheel, makes a comment as to why the company hasn’t made Luther a partner yet. Indicating that he had just one last step to make to the top.

It appears that Luther’s plan was to develop his leadership skills through reading Maxwell’s book. Personally, I have not read the book myself; however, I have read Maxwell’s other writings such as “The 360 Degree Leader” and “The 5 Levels of Leadership” which are both solid pieces of work. So I can predict that “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader” would be as well.

It’s too bad that I had not written my “The 9 Foundations of Leadership” by the time the movie was recorded. Maybe Luther Krank would have been reading that instead of Maxwell’s work. Nonetheless it was a good find for me last night.

Did you already notice this? Or have you noticed other things in the movie which do not stand out? Be sure to let me know!