12 Angry Men: an Illustration of Concepts of Organisational Behaviour

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12 Angry Men: An Illustration of Concepts of Organisational Behaviour Introduction In 1957 Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men was published (Lumet, 1957). Now, 55 years later, the movie’s teachings still hold most of their truths. The events shown in the movie can be scientifically explained using concepts of organisational behaviour. Although some of these concepts did not even exist by the time the movie was made, the movie still is an excellent case to study and illustrate them. The reason for this is the isolation of the movie’s characters. All events in the movie are triggered by the characters only. There are no external influences nor is there the possibility for the characters to leave the scene. This essay will apply concepts of…show more content…
Juror no. 8 can therefore only exert charismatic domination. Since Weber refers to political domination, in organizational behavior other concepts of leadership are applied. One of the more recent models of leadership however again emphasizes the importance of charisma. This model is called transformational leadership and has been coined by McGregor Burns (Huczynski and Buchanan, 2007, p. 718). It stresses the importance of charismatic leadership which is described as "[...] a leader–follower relationship in which leaders create a strong personal bond with followers." (Caldwell et al., 2012, p. 177) This bond is created because the followers believe that the leader has an extraordinary character (Caldwell et al., 2012, p. 177). He often goes beyond simply making instrumental, outcome choices and also makes normative value based choices and highly values moral (Caldwell et al., 2012, p. 176). By doing so he creates a common vision for his followers. He motivates them to work towards achieving the vision and putting this before their self-interest. Brass and Avolio (Huczynski and Buchanan, 2007, p. 718) state in their model of transformational leadership also the leaders ability to encourage others to see things from different, new perspectives as well as the ability to develop individuals to higher levels. Juror no. 8 has all characteristics of a transformational leader. He emerges by calling

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