What leadership traits did you observe that portrayed transformational leadership? How did this affect relationships and the outcomes?
This movie is a story regarding conflict, racism, and football. In Alexandria, Virginia, forced integration has resulted in two schools closing and consolidating, this assimilation includes the football team which is fraught with anger. The white players do not want to play with the African American players, and vice versa. When Boone first met the Titan coaching staff, it was clear he was not wanted, however, he remained polite, and respectful.
Boone exhibited an autocratic, transactional leadership style, ruling by fear and consequences with the players and coach Yoast. Boone set the tone by showing his legitimate authority and control in an attempt to create structure and order, for example, on the buses traveling to pre-season boot camp, Boone forced integration of the players based on offensive and defensive roles rather than race. Additionally, Boone asserted his dominance over coach Yoast at the outset, leaving no doubt who was the head coach.
Given the significant racial issues and unrest due to the federally mandated integration and the anger that ensued, it was imperative that Boone make a stand and persevere in the face of this adversity. However, Boone was also a transformational leader in that he inspired the team to transcend the racial issues, their self-interests and hatred for the good of the team. Boone inspired the team to achieve and excel, he set the vision and expectations, challenging players to be their best. Boone humanized the races by forcing them to get to know one another
Coach Yoast was a relationship centered leader who f...
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...sm characterized by control, hierarchy, and linear relations?
Boone clearly exhibited a hierarchical leadership style of control. Boone made it very apparent that he was the boss and the locus of control was his and his alone.
What did you observe in the movie that portrays the new paradigm of viewing the world through the lens of complexity?
Experiencing angst, anger, racial tensions, unpredictability, and operating on the edge of chaos, the football team was a microcosm of the community. Boone and Yoast appreciated that if the team were to be successful, they would have to pull together. Each and every person coaching and playing were an element of a greater entity, each interdependent on the other for success. The triumph of the Titans required the perspective of many agents and their interaction and cooperation in order for the team to prosper (Burnes, 2004).
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