- Cocky, gambler, space playboy, and administrator of Cloud City.
- Jerk that ratted out the Rebel Alliance to the treacherous Darth Vader.
- Traitor that caused Han Solo to be frozen in carbonite.
You would think that there isn’t much to learn from this caped scoundrel, but Lando teaches us an ultimate lesson in leadership. He teaches us that sometimes as leaders we are going to have to make some very tough decisions. He teaches us that sometimes we have to make decisions that regardless of which choice we make, someone will get hurt.
In the Empire Strikes Back, Lando had two choices to make, and really, he had to choose between the lesser of two evils. He could let the Empire take over his beloved Cloud City (and we know how well the Empire does that……) or he could set a trap to allow Darth Vader to capture Han Solo and company.
While I am sure Lando was morally convicted to make this extremely difficult choice, he had to make a decision between Han or his city.
When this happens, all leaders can do is rely on their decision making process.
As I’ve written in Cornell Day 1: Failure Rocks!, a decision making process involves:
- Framing (understanding all perspectives)
- Gathering Intelligence
- Coming to Conclusions
- Learning From Experience
As leaders, we can’t always control the outcomes of the decisions we make. What we can control is our decision making process to ensure we are making the best decision with the information we have available to us.
Just pray that the decision you make doesn’t cause a Wookie to try and choke the living daylights out of you.