1957 Film Review : 12 Angry Men

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The 1957 film, 12 Angry Men showcases several forms of leadership in action. With twelve men deliberating on the outcome of a young minority who is on trial for the suspected murder of his father, there is ample opportunity to witness different styles of leadership. Each character is dynamic and they show a range of personalities. From the juror number eight’s questioning nature to juror number ten’s bigotry, they all are quite diverse. However, one of the main things this film showcases is the need for a high level of morality. This is personified in juror number eight.
Juror number one is the designated foreman of this group and he is utilizing a democratic form of leadership, though in all actuality he is more of a manager than a leader. The source of his power comes from his title alone, what Nahavandi (2014) refers to as legitimate power, though he lacks any power to reward or punish. Right from the beginning, we see him display his democratic managerial skills as he asks his fellow jurors if they would like to take a vote to see where they stand. From there, he guides the process by continually asking the others to speak their minds and once a valid point in made he asks the others to express their opinions. Many times, he acts as a mediator when the spirited men’s discussions seem to be coming to a boiling point. Given his background as a high school football coach, a position that usually utilizes a more autocratic style, displaying authority over his followers, he…

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