Personal Leadership

In 12 steps to an all-round personality

In this course, you can expand your competence profile. The Double Healix model for Leadership and inspiring film examples will help you master the skills.

Time to complete
8 h 26 min

About this course

Making the most of your talents is a lifelong challenge for everyone. As a young adult, you develop rapidly, expanding your competencies. It's particularly exciting to learn skills that are contrary to your usual behaviour. For example, if you tend to be modest but now want to learn to take a stand. This course covers twelve groups of socio-emotional competencies and the associated tension fields to assist you in your ongoing personal development.

Learning objectives

After this course you will:

- be able to recognize twelve groups of socio-emotional competencies and their associated tension fields;

- have developed skills in these twelve areas;

- have a better understanding of which competencies you already display and which competencies you want to further develop.

- be able to better handle tension fields between opposing competencies.

The Double Healix model

The twelve groups of competencies covered in this course are organized according to the Double Healix model. This model describes a journey in twelve phases that are recognizable in every personal development. Throughout the journey, you learn to deal with resistance and adversity, build your ego, celebrate successes, be realistic, ask for and offer help, discover and stand up for your deepest values, and contribute to the greater good. In each phase of the journey, you need skills that will further your progress. In this course, we focus on learning those skills.

Scope of the subject

This course does not address competency development in parenting, nor does it delve into more complex competency development such as team leadership, organizational leadership, strategic and sustainable action at a global level, and spiritual leadership. For these topics, please refer to our specific courses or books.


Characteristic of MovieLearning is learning through film clips. We utilize the richness of films and documentaries. In this way, theory is complemented with inspiring film examples.

Per group of competencies, the course is structured as follows

- Introduction and description of the competency group per phase in the journey

- Film examples, reflections and questions on the competency group

- Exercises to improve your skills in the competency group

- Preparation for the next group of competencies

Time Investment

If you follow the instructions in the course, reading the text and studying the film clips will take approximately 5 hours. Additionally, you need to allocate time for answering the questions and completing the exercises. If you wish to study all film footage, the total course length is approximately 10 hours, excluding questions and exercises.

Business Notes

Upon accessing this course, you must agree to the terms and conditions in advance. We would like to highlight some conditions here:

- Your login credentials are strictly personal. You are not allowed to share your login credentials with others.

- It is prohibited to copy and/or download texts and/or film excerpts from this course.

- MovieLearning/Double Healix reserves the right to make substantive changes to this course, both in terms of texts and film clips.

- MovieLearning/Double Healix does not grant permission for the screening of one or more film clips to anyone other than yourself. If you wish to screen one or more clips from this course to others, you must arrange the screening rights yourself.



In this introduction, we briefly discuss the Double Healix framework and the 12 phases that it distinguishes in a developmental journey of a human being. From 'Prologue' and 'Call to Adventure' to the 'Elixir' of the journey. In each of the twelve phases, we need specific skills that can help us progress on our path. We will explore these skills through theory and film examples. We will also delve into opposing competenci...

Competence, talent and learning curve

The Double Healix framework: levels and phases of development

Level 3 of the Double Healix model: competences and personal leadership

Twelve groups of competences and six areas of tension

Getting started!

1. Competencies in the Prologue phase

In this chapter, we will discuss the competencies that are important in the first phase of the Double Healix model: the Prologue. It involves developing trust, practicing flexibility, managing chaos, being able to dream, daring to follow intuitions, building networking skills, and developing historical awareness.

Prologue of the journey (phase 1)

Introduction to film examples of competencies needed in the Prologue

Going with the flow, surrender, flexibility, trust, intuition (Billabong Odyssey)

Trust and letting chance guide you (The Hundred Foot Journey)

Networking skills (Boston Strangler)

Dreaming, historical awareness and seizing the day (Dead Poets Society)

Trusting, networking and giving chance a chance (The Apostle)

Being welcome (Freedom Writers)

DNA of connection (Momondo)

Trusting Each Other (Cirque du Soleil)

Exercises to increase your competencies in the Prologue

To the next phase: from Prologue to Call to Adventure

2. Competencies in the Call to Adventure phase

This chapter deals with the group of competences that are action-related, setting events in motion. It involves: decisiveness, taking space, proactivity, entrepreneurship, confronting, innovating, setting the tone, competing. We have entered the second phase in the Double Healix model: the Call to Adventure, or: the Call to Change.

Call to Adventure (phase 2)

Film examples of competencies needed in the Call to Adventure

Rite de passage into adulthood (Wild)

Initiative, Assertiveness, Seizing space (Music of the Heart)

Taking initiative, Seizing opportunities (The Ron Clark Story)

Just begin (The Martian)

Taking entrepreneurial risks, Investing, Overcoming setbacks (Joy)

Can't help but approach and intervene (The Blind Side)

Taking initiative, Confronting, Intervening (Gangsta Gardener)

Following a good idea, Competition, No holding back (The Glorias)

Collision power, Competition (Mrs Henderson Presents)

Challenging, Accepting challenges (Hope and Glory)

Joy of entrepreneurship, Challenging, Negotiating (The Greatest Showman)

Intervening, Decisive, Fair (Antonia’s Line)

Exercises to increase your competencies in the Call phase

Onto the next phase: from Call to Adventure to Resistance to Change

3. Competencies in the Resistance phase

In this chapter, we discuss the competencies located in the third phase of the Double Healix model: Resistance to Change. In this phase we need to develop willpower, perseverance, stability, resilience, endurance, positivity, and harmony orientation.

Resistance to Change (phase 3)

Preliminary instructions for the film examples

Reassurance, Distraction, and Positivity (Sound of Music)

Finding ways to comfort and reassure (Grey’s Anatomy)

Perseverance, Optimism (Julie and Julia)

Dealing with resistance, persevering, maintaining a good mood (The King’s Speech)

Persevering with a disability (YouTube)

Positive Attitude towards dirty work (ER)

Positive Attitude, Perseverance (The Martian)

Reassurance and Stress Resilience (Grey's Anatomy)

Proceeding Without Burdening Children (The West Wing)

Prerequisite for being a pleasant person (Arianna Huffington)

10,000 hours of perseverance to mastery (Noodles)

Functional-denial, perseverance, optimism (Super Pumped)

Exercises to Increase your Competencies in the Resistance phase

To the next phase: from Resistance to Change to Encounter with the Mentor

4. Competencies in the Mentor phase

This group of competences, needed in the fourth phase of the Double Healix model, deals with learning skills, giving and receiving feedback, playing roles, broadening perspective, exercising creativity, surprising yourself and others.

Meeting with the Mentor (phase 4)

Introduction to film examples of competencies needed in the Mentor phase

Humour (Ibrahimovic)

Looking beyond the problem (Patch Adams)

Confrontational feedback from a trickster god (The Legend of Bagger Vance)

Feedback and the learning attitude (Walk the Line)

Sympathetic tricks (Mostly Martha)

Practicing in front of the mirror; taking the test (Elizabeth)

Surprising and encouraging (Oprah Winfrey)

Knowledge transfer to the next generation (The Ballad of Narayama)

Lesson in collaboration (The Imitation Game)

Practicing new roles (Sophie Grabol)

Reversing (ER)

Serious Gaming (Jane McGonigal)

Exercises to Increase your competencies in the Mentor phase

To the next phase: from Meeting the Mentor to Selection Threshold

5. Competencies in the Threshold phase

In this chapter, the focus is on 'vertical' competencies such as top-down influencing, business acumen, prioritization, results orientation, and efficiency. We enter the fifth phase in the Double Healix model: Selection Threshold.

Selection Threshold (phase 5)

Introduction to the film examples of Selection Threshold

Coaching someone beyond the Selection Threshold (Hitch)

Strictness, hierarchy, character formation (Hidden Figures)

Top-down referee (YouTube)

Business-mindedness (Julie and Julia)

Using top-down power, ambition (Freedom Writers)

Overruling after waiting (Grey’s Anatomy)

Result orientation, discipline, pride (YouTube)

Calculating, result oriented (A Beautiful Mind)

Prioritizing (Stephen Covey)

Business above all (ER)

Presentation skills at job interview (The Pursuit of Happyness)

Paradox of security (A Beautiful Mind)

Exercises to increase your skills in the Selection Threshold

To the next phase: from Selection Threshold to Star of the Day

6. Competencies in the Star phase

In the group of competencies needed in the sixth phase of the Double Healix model, Star of the Day, it's about being able to take center stage, shine, attract attention, and celebrate success. It involves developing self-confidence, enthusiasm, passion, charm, expressiveness, and motivating others from the heart.

Star for a Day (phase 6)

Guidelines for film examples of Star of the Day

Celebrating a completed task (We Are Marshall)

Radiating in the spotlight (Double Exposure)

Singing off-key and still Star of the Day (My Best Friend's Wedding)

Fear of public speaking (The Glorias)

Expressiveness and branding (Anouk)

Standing out to make a difference (America's Got Talent)

Finding your passion (Julie & Julia)

Passion and gratitude (Grey's Anatomy)

Exhibition (Marina Abramovic)

Self-confidence, performing (The Girls in the Band)

Overconfidence (ER)

Exercises to increase your skills needed in Star of the Day

To the next phase: from Star of the Day to Grounding

7. Competencies in the Grounding phase

In the Grounding phase of the Double Healix model, we learn to formalize the success from the previous phase. It involves attention to detail, formality, control, organization, systematic approach, timing, sobriety, reliability, and commitment. With these, we prepare ourselves for more challenging times.

Grounding (phase 7)

Introduction to the film examples

Order, rules, and details (Daddy Day Care)

Sobering up omnipotence (Good Will Hunting)

A deal's a deal (Chef)

Asking for feedback (Grey’s Anatomy)

Self-relativizing joke (Sarah Silverman)

Maintaining control over distance (ER)

Guarding the quality of interaction (Draft Day)

Sweetheart (The Bear)

Order and detail (The Devil Wears Prada)

Detail-oriented and respectful (Still Life)

Lesson in intimacy (Good Will Hunting)

Exercises to improve your skills in the Grounding phase

To the next phase: from Grounding to Reversal of Fortune

8. Competencies in the Reversal phase

In this phase of the Double Healix model, Reversal of Fortune, we learn to endure powerlessness and practice patience and openness. We develop listening skills, timing of our reactions, and equality, empathy, and solidarity in negotiation and collaboration. We learn to consider everyone's interests.

Reversal of Fortune (phase 8)

Guidelines for the film examples

Listening and empathy (Inside Out)

Listening and equality (Ulee’s Gold)

Sensory listening (The Next Karate Kid)

Empathy, non-judgmental, enduring powerlessness (Bramwell)

Letting it all out (7th Heaven)

Withholding help, promoting autonomy (Syriana)

Waiting and asking for help (ER)

Empathy and equality (Patch Adams)

Win-win, solidarity (Grey's Anatomy)

Listening and adapting (ER)

Powerless and responsible (Loudermilk)

Power of vulnerability (Grey's Anatomy)

Exercises to improve your skills in the Reversal phase

To the next phase: from Reversal of Fortune to the Dagger

9. Competencies in the Dagger phase

Administering or receiving a "dagger stab" rightly evokes associations with pain and is therefore an area that is preferably avoided. However, there are many competencies to develop in this phase, such as sharp analysis, facing urgency, delivering bad news, breaking taboos, and ending activities/relationships.

The Dagger (phase 9)

Guidance on Film Examples

Cautiously shaking up her view (Chocolat)

I cannot be more clear (The Big C)

Who’s the biggest liar (Carmen Curlers)

The art of firing (Up in the Air)

Delivering bad news (ER)

Solving blackmail (Pørni)

Sharpening the daggers (Erin Brockovich)

Being constructively tough (Good Will Hunting)

Inflicting pain to show urgency (We Are Marshall)

Speaking truth to yourself and the other (The Turning Point)

Exercises to improve your skills in the Dagger Phase

To the next phase: from Dagger to Return to the Light

10. Competencies in the Return to the Light phase

In the darkness of the preceding Dagger phase of the Double Healix framework, we long to move as quickly as possible into a hopeful new phase of the model, Return to the Light. But that doesn't happen automatically. First, we need to (re)discover our deeper ideals, develop vision, bring focus, simplify matters, and be able to act purposefully.

Return to the Light (phase 10)

Introduction to the film examples

Hope and direction (We Bought a Zoo)

Giving comfort and direction (Freedom Writers)

Providing direction (Freedom Writers)

Converging questions (Up in the Air)

Rediscovering ideals (Daddy Day Care)

Helping to rediscover a future (Grey's Anatomy)

A grounding return to the light (Hope and Glory)

Seriousness of humour (ER)

Cross position (Hope and Glory)

Inner mentor (Girls in the Band)

Not only for you (12th Fail)

The field and the goal (The Legend of Bagger Vance)

Exercises to improve your skills in Return to the Light

From Return to the Light to Death and Resurrection

11. Competencies in the Resurrection phase

We have reached the penultimate phase of the Double Healix journey. Here, in the phase Death and Resurrection, we will undergo our ultimate trial. We practice independence, integrity, credibility, conscientious courage, and willingness to sacrifice if needed.

Death and Resurrection (phase 11)

Guidance on film examples

Advocating for the children (The Sound of Music)

I’ll take your bluff (The Newsreader)

Resisting group pressure (Radical)

Integrity and sweat (12th Fail)

Independent and conscience (The Legend of Bagger Vance)

Standing up for where you belong (ER)

Principles and bearing the consequences (Bramwell)

Independence and conscience (Patch Adams)

Speaking truth to power, standing up for the vulnerable (Sister Kenny)

Independence and fearlessness (What's Love Got To Do With It)

Dance or Die (Nieuwsuur)

Standing up for the Earth (Polly Higgins)

Exercises to improve your skills in Death and Resurrection

To the last phase: from Resurrection to Elixir

12. Competencies in the Elixir phase

In this final phase of the Double Healix model, Elixir, on the level of competencies, skills are developed such as servitude, humility, customer orientation, helpfulness, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion.

Elixer (phase 12)

Guidance on the film examples

Giving Credit (Scoring in Soccer)

Bossy helpfulness (A Fine Romance)

Coaching and gratitude (The Queen of Katwe)

Credit where credit is due (Grey's Anatomy)

Customer Friendliness (Undercover Boss)

Compassion and Forgiveness (Chocolat)

Helpfulness without ego (YouTube)

Life-saving assistance (YouTube)

Compassion and helpfulness (Temple Grandin)

The long road to inner peace and gratitude (Forrest Gump)

Exercises to increase your Elixir-skills

To the next Cycle: from Elixir to Prologue

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