12 angry men analysis

12 angry men analysis - Adam Newman MGT 310 Movie Review...

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Adam Newman MGT 310 Movie Review Leadership: Describe the different approaches to leadership represented on the jury. What theory or theories best explain(s) the leadership of this team? Some of the approaches to leadership include the laissez faire approach and leading by going against the norm. In the beginning all 11 of the jurors decided to give a decision of guilty in order to result in a quick and speedy process. This is the example of laissez faire because it is define as the “hands off” approach. This is the least effective leadership approach and this is confirmed later on in the film. Juror # 8 displayed a kind of charismatic leadership by going against the norm by questioning and arguing. An example of this is when Fonda decides not to vote guilty and proposes the idea that maybe the boy is not guilty. At the beginning Fonda struggles with getting the other jurors to listen (except the man sitting next to him) and especially the man with the picture of his son. Although this power struggle is apparent, it is obvious to the viewer that Fonda is the leader of the jury. I think the main theory highlighted in this movie is the contingency theory. This theory states that success is dependent on the qualities of the followers and the number of variables apparent in the group. Fonda demonstrates this theory throughout the movie. Fonda achieved this by considering that he was going to face a lot of ridicule for going against the group and since he knew nothing about the other jurors he would have to keep an open mind about all of their suggestions and adjust his leadership style according to the other juror’s reactions in order to achieve success.
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This note was uploaded on 01/07/2012 for the course MGT 310 taught by Professor Nahrgang during the Fall '09 term at ASU.

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