Leadership in the Movies "Wall Street" Essay

927 Words Aug 6th, 2006 4 Pages
This film deals with corporate America and the ethical behavior in the workplace. Bud Fox, as a young account executive, has the desire to become the highest salesperson in his company, and also the desire to become very rich. His focus is centered on getting a big account, mainly Gordon Gekko's. Gordon Gekko appears as a leader because of his charisma and his power to reward and by being an expert in his field as an investor. Gekko uses his power as a leader for personal gain. He uses his leadership negatively. He uses persuasion with reward –making Bud a "very rich" man—to get him to get inside trading information. This knowledge is against the law. By forcing Bud to make a quick decision to be on "his team", Bud spies on …show more content…
She wants to do the right thing towards her crew. Laurence wants to save the steel company, and make it profitable. Like Captains Walden's inability to control Monfrienz, he couldn't control Gordon's need to be the best. It cost him a lot of money to acquire Anacott Steel. Lou Manheim and Bud's father had little influence over Bud. Both were laize-faire leaders. They had a high value belief and believed in the system of fair play. Neither of these men used their power to exert a leadership role that might have influenced Bud to do the right thing. Neither Lou nor Bud's father was seen as successful. The important decision in the film is Bud's. He decides to get Bluestar Airlines away from Gordon. That decision causes him to work with Laurence, and the airline's union representatives. He admits the reasons for Gordon's takeover of the stock and what will be needed to get it back to save the company. As Gordon had mentored him in acquiring Anacott, he uses the same in acquiring Bluestar Airline's stock for Laurence. He makes the decision to work with law enforcement to get Gordon to confess to him his wrongdoing while wearing a wire. Bud does follow Lou Manheim's advice to get him. Before his arrest, Lou told him that looking into the abyss builds character. He should remember to not become a victim of the abyss. Unlike Monfrienz's wrongdoing and Neil's inability to face his father, he faced his wrongdoing and saved himself while facing

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