Live to Lead review: More inclined toward positive story-telling

‘Live to Lead’ sees extraordinary leaders and influencers sitting down to talk about their journeys and the message they want to share with the world. The docuseries is now streaming on Netflix.


Inspired by the legacy of Nelson Mandela, Prince Harry and Meghan present individuals who fought for change and became leaders. The brave choices of these individuals made a difference around the world.

The first among them is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an American lawyer. Every significant case brought to the Supreme Court in the 1970s on behalf of women carried Ginsburg’s mark.

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist, reignited an international movement to fight climate change.

Bryan Stevenson, a human rights lawyer, dedicated his life to ending mass incarceration and inequities in the justice system. He has fought for wrongly convicted prisoners and challenged the bias against the poor and minorities.

Jacinda Ardern, the 40th prime minister of New Zealand, has built a legacy by nurturing values such as humanity, kindness, and empathy.

The South African professional rugby union player, Siya Kolisi, has inspired a generation on and off the field through his work. After winning the Rugby World Cup, Kolisi vowed to give back to his people everything he could.

Journalist Gloria Steinem stood at the forefront of the women’s movement. She changed the way women think about themselves and strived to bring a world where women are respected and thought of as equal to men.

South African lawyer and activist Albie Sachs fought to end apartheid in South Africa. During his struggles, he survived a car bomb attack and lost an arm and sight in one eye.


Prince Harry and Meghan’s one-line introduction to these extraordinary leaders kicks off each episode. They evidently establish the larger-than-life person a viewer is about to meet.

Following that, a montage helps to quickly capture these people’s lives before they can speak about the struggles they had to overcome to get to where they are today.

The series carries a calm atmosphere that is best suited for storytelling. The background score doesn’t try to force an accomplishment. The words of these extraordinary people are enough to leave an impact on a viewer.

The soundtrack is chosen wisely and goes well with the stories and atmosphere established.


‘Live to Lead’ tries to put forth positive points for the most part, along with that calm environment, which suggests that the show is adamant about pushing the only points that matter for the kind of story it is telling.

The show should’ve spent some more time recounting the downfalls of these individuals as well. Albie Sachs’ episode is the only one where it feels like the show has tried to go to that dark side as well.


‘Live to Lead’ is more like a show the viewers would come to watch at their lowest. These stories don’t offer anything new, but the way they are put together, they are solely here to motivate people around the world.

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Director: Geoff Blackwell

Date Created: 2022-12-31 13:30

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