Leadership in the Movie Apollo 13

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Apollo 13 The film, Apollo 13, is based on the real-life crisis that occurred April 13, 1970 on board the Apollo spacecraft. The two main characters, Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) and Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) are the key players who will address how a leader is able to survive and thrive in a world in which unexpected events occur on a regular basis. They portray the effective styles of leadership in balance with their ever changing surroundings, as well as their ability to maintain their interpersonal relationships with a group under unfavorable conditions. This film is a powerful movie because it makes clear to the viewer just how often disruptions and discontinuities occur. Also, it is an excellent example of how leaders must be able to meet …show more content…
He involves consulting with subordinates and asking for their suggestions in the decision-making process but also understands he at times must give direct orders that are not to be questioned. An example of his co-mingled style of leadership is evident in a scene where he explains the new mission to those under his authority. The new mission is to forget past procedures and get those boys back home. He also declares, "We have never lost an American in space and they sure as hell won 't lose one on his watch." This is a leader who is confident in his ability, while simultaneously inspiring the creative process needed by his crew to accomplish the group mission. In other words, he is successful in creating the right environment that will influence creativity and innovation but also keep the element of time as the main objective. An excellent example would be when he issues the order, "I want the power procedures now!" Therefore, he is a leader who can make a decision on the spot, get results on time, and allow the creative process to flow.
The situation, the technicians and engineers, the astronauts in space, and each leaders ability to remain calm and in control help the viewer to understand that plans are subject to breakdown. Success will ultimately depend on a leader and their ability to make a sound decision based on the information they have at hand. It becomes ever so clear that the situation and

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