Analysis of Leadership as depicted in the Movie: Wallstreet (1987)
This report is an analysis of Leadership as portrayed in the movie Wallstreet (1987). Its primary focus is on the concepts of leadership as explored and depicted in the movie. The report presents an evaluation of the leader’s use of power, and influence tactics. As the report proceeds it evaluates leader’s attributers and leadership style and how it influences on his actions placed by others and the environment in which he operates. At the end it gives an analysis of the effectiveness of the leader and the contemporary issue in leadership.
The report uses existing theory, research evidence and empirically grounded data and interpretations about leadership. The content of this report is referred from the script of the movie, textbooks on leadership, article on leadership, some general views on the character of ‘Gordon Gekko’ on different forums and the understanding of the author of the report.
What is Leadership? A definition of leadership that would be most commonly accepted by most of theorists and researcher would be “leadership is a process of social influence in which one person is able to enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.” Chemers (1997, p. 1). In the book “Leadership of Organisation” Gary Yukl (2010, p. 21) describes “Leadership reflects the assumption that it involves a process whereby intentional influence is exerted over other people to guide, structure, and facilitate activities and relationship in a group or organisation.” Leadership has many different definition and after a comprehensive review of different leadership literature, Stogdill (1974, p. 259, as cited in Yukl, 2010, p. 20) concluded that “There are almost as many definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept." Leadership generally can be viewed from two different angles one is...