Remember The Elizabeth Character Analysis

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Elizabeth (1998) is a film on an incredibly iconic and powerful leader, Queen Elizabeth I of England. She had ruled her country for 40 years. She had inherited a broken and failing England, and she had taken it to become the richest and most powerful country in Europe. The film encapsulates several aspects of leadership as we had learned in Leadership Developmental Studies: A Humanities Approach. Elizabeth had captured the elements of developing a personal leadership philosophy, articulating a vision, servant leadership, making decisions, and guiding through conflict.

To lead, one must know themselves as a leader. In the beginning of the film, at Queen Mary’s deathbed, Elizabeth plans to act in accordance with her own conscience
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The Queen had to mend the chasm between Catholics and Protestants. Like in “Federalist Number 10”, she had to manage conflict between factions. To relieve the conflict, Madison had said: “the interference to which we are brought is, that the causes of faction cannot be removed, and that relief is only to be sought in the means of controlling the effects” (425). Elizabeth was able to manage the conflict, and her methods of choice were de-escalation, relatability, and compromise. Although not directly related to the chapter, in Remember the Titans, one way to get others on your side, and by extension, resolve conflict, was to be relatable. When the Queen was trying to pass her Act of Uniformity, she was able to sway the priests and other church members in her favor by utilizing relatability. In a similar scene, the conflict amongst the football team in Remember the Titans was ultimately solved by a sense of comradery amongst each other. In Elizabeth, she appeals to the ministers by being relatable. She states “We all believe in God, my Lords” to gain footing with them. She manages the conflict even further by deescalating the tensions by utilizing humor. In a conversation about marriage, she responds: “Aye, but marry who, your grace? Would you give me some suggestion? For some say France and others Spain, and some cannot abide foreigners at all. So I am not sure how best to please you unless I married one of each.” Not only does humor lighten the tensions on a very serious issue, it tends to get others to see your side, and thus come to a compromise. Managing conflict does not necessarily need to be direct, but rather working to de-escalate the conflict and to come to a compromise are perfectly good conflict management skills. Elizabeth finally asks the ministry to vote, but to be conscious of their decision. By allowing autonomy to them, the conflict

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