Remember the Titans - Five Step Analysis
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 ...view middle of the document...
When Boone first met the Titan coaching staff he knew that he was not wanted. He was pushed but he did not push back, he remained polite, respectful, and diplomatic. He made clear his agenda was winning football games.
Once he becomes head coach he immediately seizes control and uses his authoritative power to set the tone for the staff and the team. During summer camp he made it clear, “This is a dictatorship, I am the law.” He relies heavily on his position of power to accomplish his primary goal of providing structure and order.
Yukl (2006) “Initiating Structure". This category of behavior involves leader concern for accomplishing the task. The leader defines and structures his or her own role and roles of subordinates towards attainment of task goals.
1. Short-term planning
2. Clarifying roles and objectives
3. Monitoring operations and performance” (p. 51)
Herman Boone did not have roots in the community. He was an outsider in every sense of the word. Most members of the white community were waiting for him to fail so they could say they tried and reinstitute Bill Yoast as the head coach of the Titans.
Bill Yoast was a respected member of the community, a winning coach who cared about his players. His background and position in the community gave him a different demeanor and leadership style.
Yukl (2006) “Participative Leadership". Effective managers used more group supervising instead of supervising each subordinate separately. Group meetings facilitate subordinate participations in decision making, improve communications, promote cooperation, and facilitate conflict resolution.” (p. 54)
Despite having ten head coach offers from other high schools in northern Virginia he decided to accept the assistant coach position under Boone to support his players. He initially tries to control the situation as an assistant coach but Boone immediately asserts his power and makes it clear who is the head coach. He becomes Coach Boone’s conscious, and repeatedly warns him not to push the athletes too far. When he has a chance to get his team back he gives up his personal goal of making it to the hall of fame for the sake of the team. 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)