Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), for example, includes some interesting leadership models. Say what you might about Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore – this is a guy who gets things done, and exudes the confidence of a great leader while doing it. Aside from the unforgettable line memorializing his curious affection for the smell of napalm in the morning, he makes it clear through decisive action that he will not be deterred from achieving his goals despite all obstacles. Even amidst the unmitigated chaos of battle (including uncomfortably proximate mortar rounds), he will not flinch; in fact, tearing off his shirt to indulge some recreational surfing while the mechanisms of war go about their unpalatable business. Consequently, we have adopted a bold philosophy about tackling daunting challenges that we paraphrase internally as follows: “I’ll surf that f***ing beach!” In any case, if you’re ever in well over your head, remember that panic serves no purpose in leadership. Remain calm, apply your available resources, achieve the present objective, say something cryptically profound, and walk off screen in your cavalry hat.