Milk, The Main Character Harvey Milk

1676 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
Adam Locke
COMM 1819: Fall 2016

In the movie Milk, the main character Harvey Milk is shown to be a leader who, while imperfect, gains a large amount of support in his local community before meeting his tragic end. An ethnographic approach to the film provides additional understanding of the tragic situation, as well as an objective analysis of how leadership overcame huge challenges in that period of time.
In the film, Harvey Milk is portrayed as having many leaderful qualities. This is because although he becomes a voice for the community and speaks on behalf of others, he is also an effective listener. “The concurrent tenet of leaderful practice is the most revolutionary. It suggests that in any community, more than one leader can operate at the same time, so leaders willingly and naturally share power with others” (Raelin, 2003, p.1). Thus, a true leader inspires others to act, as within the transformational leadership ideal (Judge & Piccolo, 2004), and sees him or herself as working within a situation that furthers a specific goal and in which they are a servant who furthers a greater cause (Greenleaf, 2002). For Harvey Milk in the movie, this is especially true. “…servant leadership is an approach focusing on leadership from the point of view the leader and his or her behaviors. Servant leadership emphasizes that leaders be attentive to the concerns of their followers, empathize with them, and nurture them. Servant leaders put followers first, empower them, and help…

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