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This review is from: Twelve O'clock High [DVD] (DVD)
It's a great film about people and how they react to beiing led. It's about the commander of a base that loses his ability to lead as he goes native and joins sides with the very guys he's supposed to be leading. His job has to be taken over by one of his peer group - the character played by Gregory Peck. Peck's character has to come in and stop the whole squadron becoming dysfunctional or perhaps even going AWOL or a possible mutiny. Its 'tough love' time and he has to be hard to be kind. (It's a true story of what happened to a real bomber squadron in Anglia in WWII.)
If you want to apply the leadership skills you'll see in the film and give your management skills a work over, you'll need to have a copy of this book at hand Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness through Situational Leadership. This is exactly the same leadership skills set that used to be taught in the RAF. A friend of mine who commanded the RAF's Regiment School told me he'd seen this film about 100 times. I first saw it doing a leadership training course in the 80's and all the material in the book was taught, then we had to apply it to what we saw in the film. The exercise is to spot the four leadership styles and the four maturatity levels of those being led - how did they match? Where they effective? There you go, you've saved £250 and time taken attending a leaders course. Just watch the film, read the book, and match them up.