Leadership Movies: Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven is a part of Leadership Movies, a series of films with leadership themes. Learn about how you can become a better leader by watching leadership in action.


What is the Movie About?

Kingdom of Heaven
Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 film about Balian of Ibelin who travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century in a bid to find forgiveness from God.

However, he ends up not just finding forgiveness; he ends up finding a father figure for his life, and becomes the defender of Jerusalem against the Muslim invaders.

Leadership Takeaways

1. Taking your journey
Balian came from his old life as a hopeless murderer who lost his wife to eventually become a great man of integrity, principle to defend the great city of Jerusalem. It really shows people how their lives can be changed from mediocrity to greatness if they choose to embark on the journey.

2. Fatherhood and Mentorship
This movie also shows the importance of fatherhood and mentorship and how a father figure in your life can initiate you and guide you to become a greater man of character and principle. You can use it to talk about the importance of mentorship.

3. Standing by the truth
In the light of a tempting offer to become to King of Jerusalem by killing off the corrupt knight-general, Balian stands on the side of truth by saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is either a kingdom of conscience, or it is nothing.”

It speaks of the great importance of building your organization on truth, on honesty and integrity. Great corporations, because they built their organizations on lies, fell apart soon after. I think this is one of the best lessons we can learn: to stand on the side of truth, even if it hurts us.

Best Movie Quotes

“You are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be.” – Godfrey of Ibelin

“Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright, that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong; that is your oath. [Slaps Balian] And that is so you remember it. Rise a knight, and Baron of Ibelin.” – Godfrey of Ibelin

“What man is a man who does not make the world better?” – Balian of Ibelin

“I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I’ve seen too much religion in the eyes of murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is here (points to Balian’s head) and here (points to Balian’s heart) and what you decide to do every day will make you a good man…or not.” – The Hospitaller speaks to Balian

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Other Leadership Movies

You can find out more about other leadership movies from the list below.

  1. The Pursuit of Happy-ness
  2. Braveheart
  3. Kingdom of Heaven
  4. The Thin Red Line
  5. Saving Private Ryan
  6. Forrest Gump
  7. The Star Wars Trilogy
  8. The Million Dollar Baby
  9. Twelve Angry Men
  10. The Last Samurai
  11. Coach Carter
  12. Ip Man
  13. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  14. 300
  15. Lion King
  16. Facing the Giants
  17. The Blind Side
  18. Remember the Titans

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