Analysis Of Twelve O ' Clock High Essay

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Twelve O’clock High is a movie about the 918th Bomb Group in World War II that earned a reputation for being the “hard luck group.” Consequently, the group commander was relieved of his command and replaced with a new commander. As a result of the command change, the group was turned around to be one of the most effective bomber groups in the war. There are several instance of leadership found throughout the entirety of this movie. However, only a few aspects of leadership will be examined.
First, this paper provides a brief character background of the main character, General Frank Savage. Next, certain actions of General Savage will be discussed in the context of situational leadership. The third aspect covered is General Savage’s pacesetting primal leadership style. Finally, General Savage’s leadership characteristics are scrutinized against the backdrop of the transformational leadership theory. General Savage is a clean-cut military man focused on the mission. At the beginning of the movie, General Savage is assigned to the Bomber Command staff serving under General Pritchard. Upon being approached by a friend and subordinate group commander, Colonel Keith Davenport, about the specifics of a raid mission, General Savage realized the 918th Bomb Group was ineffective due to its poor leadership. Putting his personal feelings about Colonel Davenport aside, he reports this to General Pritchard who subsequently relieves Colonel Davenport of command and assigns…

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