Leadership in the Movies "Wall Street" Essay

908 WordsAug 13, 20064 Pages
This film deals with corporate America and the ethical behavior in the workplace. Bud Fox, as a young account executive, has the desire to become the highest salesperson in his company, and also the desire to become very rich. His focus is centered on getting a big account, mainly Gordon Gekko's. Gordon Gekko appears as a leader because of his charisma and his power to reward and by being an expert in his field as an investor. Gekko uses his power as a leader for personal gain. He uses his leadership negatively. He uses persuasion with reward –making Bud a "very rich" man—to get him to get inside trading information. This knowledge is against the law. By forcing Bud to make a quick decision to be on "his team", Bud spies on…show more content…
This is similar to Apollo 13 when Gene Krantz used Ken Mattingly, an expert and also an astronaut, to find a way to get the crew back to earth. Like Gene Krantz and the team members worked together to return the spacecraft, Bud uses union representatives and Laurence to develop a plan of action for forcing Gordon to sell his stock in Bluestar Airline. Everything that Gordon had taught Bud in acquiring Anacott Steel, Bud uses to acquire Bluestar stock. Laurence, the expert and with the power to but the stock, acquires the stock. Bud, like Todd in Dead Poet's Society, arises as a leader instead of a follower when he realizes that he has been used, failed his father, and Bluestar Airlines. He gets followers, the union representatives and Laurence, to do the right thing because they were hard working people like his father and whom he respected. While Todd stood on his desk in salute to Mr. Keating, Bud stood up to Gordon by helping Laurence buy up the stock to save the company. Laurence Wildman, a rival to Gordon, doesn't emerge as a leader, but he is similar to Mr. Keating in Dead Poet's Society. Mr. Keating wanted the boys to be all they could be and achieve. Laurence wanted Anacott Steel to make the company successful. Like Ralph met with Jack in Lord of the Flies, Laurence meets with Gordon to gain back the steel companies stock. Rivalry existed between
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