Remember the Titans

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Jamie Velez
Elizabeth Hughes
Paul Way
EDUC 268
Remember the Titans - Five Step Analysis
Plot Summary
In April of 1971, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that ended all stateimposed segregation in public schools. This was the same year that T. C. Williams High School located in Alexander Virginia was integrated. This is the setting for the movie Remember the Titans, staring Denzel Washington who portrays Herman Boone the head coach of the Titans.
Herman Boone is brought in as an assistant coach to join the all white coaching staff. When Herman Boone is appointed head coach over a wining white coach he is reluctant to accept because the same things had happened to him when a white coach had been appointed over him in
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He did it without looking for gratitude or glory. He is even able to complement Coach Boone at the end of the summer camp for his fine work.
Gerry Bertier and Julius Campbell are the unofficial leaders of the white and black teams respectively. They fall into this position because of their athleticism, personal convictions, and need to protect their “brothers”. Gerry Bertier ultimately becomes team leader by learning to set aside his prejudice and focus on the team regardless of color. The relationship that develops between Bertier and Campbell lead the way for most of the team to come together.
Yukl (2006) “Peer Leadership". Sometimes a manager asks a subordinate to share in performing certain leadership function and sometimes subordinates perform these functions on their own initiative.” (p. 55)
The leaders are forced to face many issues that are poised to tear the team apart:
· Herman Boone appointed over qualified winning white coach
· Conflicting leadership styles between Herman Boone and Bill Yoast
· Racism in the south at the beginning of the 1970s
· Divided team due to black and white being forced to play together
· Divided coaching staff due to black and white being forced to coach together
· Machinations of School board and other governing bodies
· Coach Boone suspicious of Bill Yoast possibly sabotaging his efforts
· Coach Boone sacrificing too much for the sake of winning
· Coach Boone putting aside his pride to accept help from white

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