Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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The entertainment industry is a difficult place to make a living. There is copious amounts of competition and it is easy to crash and burn in such a high-stress workplace. Joss Whedon, famous writer and director, rose to the occasion and has become an icon in his career, specifically for the creation of cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, in recent years, the fan favorite The Avengers. Whedon has created numerous amounts of television shows, comic books, and movie scripts since the beginning of his young career, each building his knowledge of the industry and his own capabilities that would eventually transform him into the leader that he is today. Whedon accomplished his projects by exhibiting dominant tendencies about the work being …show more content…
During the first season, he created an atmosphere that said that he may be the big boss, but he still wanted to make everyone happy and comfortable in their work environment. However, this country-club management he began with, a style “that creates a positive climate by being agreeable, eager to help, comforting and uncontroversial,” quickly transformed into slow progress and conflict among the cast and crew (Northouse 75). “On set, Joss realized that he would have to take stronger control, to avoid the distracting behind-the-scenes drama of the first season. He realized that by trying to be everyone’s friend, he had failed to create a position of authority for himself” (Pascale 123). Learning from his mistake, Joss changed is management into a more work-oriented style, falling somewhere between team management, which maintained the positive relationships with the crew, and authority-compliance management, being very strict when it came to work. In fact, Whedon exhibited dominance in regards to his script and how everything was written. “Joss insisted on a top-down writing process. While other series were collaborative, even allowing a lot of story influence from the actors, Buffy’s central ideas, themes, and structure tended to come from Joss himself” (Pascale 126). Every script and story breakdown that the other …show more content…
I knew a lot of work went into making a television series and movie, but it was incredible to see how Whedon took on each project and was able to get hundreds of people to work towards a common goal. It was interesting to see Whedon implement a dictatorial style while working with his writers and crew and still kept healthy relationships with each person. That is a difficult thing to balance but it seemed that he had a massive amount of respect due to his career experiences and his ability to do his job well. Much like Captain Sullenberger, he was very explicit with what he wanted and would do everything that he could to get to the finished product by using his team and authority-compliance management strategy. His leadership has helped other people, such as Minear, become leaders in their own shows, giving me a clear image of how hard work and talent can get you to your dream job. Whedon’s skill approach, social performance, coaching, and dictatorial style have taught me how certain people have become successful leaders in the entertainment

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