January 19, 2009

The Dark Knight and Leadership

A film called The Dark Knight has been so famous and popular recently. It beat previous record holder Spiderman 3 and also broke some of other box office records. It garnered several nominations and won as the best film of 2008. I didn't finish watching this film, because I needed to do other things. Personally, the film doesn't really interest me. I much more prefer to see Disney cartoon! Hehe!

The Batman fights against local crime with the help of L. James Gordon and new Distric Attorney. The Batman is a big hero of Gotham City. Sometimes, a leader can be characterized as a hero. This kind of leader is requested, especially when organizations are in trouble, to save the organization from its present predicament. The leader needs to generate a high level of commitment with his or her followers and express his or her vision which will satisfy the needs of followers. The vision of the future probably is the most important thing when the organization is in such situation. The leader needs to communicate with followers of the vision and motivate them to achieve it. I remember at the beginning of LE module, I asked Paul about the difference between leadership and management. Paul gave an answer of someone has said: a manager is doing things right, a leader is doing right things. It is truly essential for leaders to establish a right direction for followers.

In the film, the Joker told Batman, "To them, you're like a freak like me. They just need you right now. But as soon as they don't, they'll cast you out like a leper." I am not going to argue much about what the Joker said. They had different visions or objectives. The Batman is trying to eliminate the crimes, he is focusing on the needs of citizens, but the Joker is only focusing on himself. That's one of the reasons that why the Joker would say those words. However, his words reminder us that it is important for a leader to response to a changing environment. The change is a constant in the world, and its pace is increasing. Response to changes is a key part of leadership. Moreover, leading and encouraging changes are also important for leaders taking their role.

For the WaveRiders, a heroic leader is probably required to make it a successful company once again.

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