Leadership Theories and "Citizen Kane"
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This paper applies six leadership theories to an analysis of the character of Charles Foster Kane in Orson Welles' film, "Citizen Kane." The paper highlights his ego-centrism and pride, and his refusal to accept the importance of others' feelings. The paper concludes that Kane is typical of the authoritarian leadership style and an abject failure of a leader.
From the Paper:"One theory of leadership that was identified by Pierce and Newstrom (2000) was called charismatic leadership. Charisma is the term that is commonly used to describe leaders who by force of their personal abilities have profound and extraordinary effects on their followers. The term is usually reserved for leaders who by their influence are able to cause followers to accomplish outstanding feats. Kane was such a leader in many ways because he fascinated his followers, at least initially.
"Generally, however, charismatic leaders are understood to be capable of exerting a positive influence on subordinates (Pierce & Newstrom, 2000). Such leaders reveal a transcendent mission or course of action which may in itself be appealing to potential followers, but which is acted upon because the followers believe that their leader is truly gifted. Citizen Kane illustrates that Kane himself could convince his followers of the rightness of his vision for a period of time. However, his charisma also inspired fear and in some cases, even loathing.
"To consider Kane a charismatic leader is to fail to recognize that this great man's charisma was limited. He did not inspire followers to chart their own paths through life. Charismatic enough to convince others to work for and with him, he was not sufficiently charismatic to bring out the best in his followers. While many trusted him and were inspired by his behavior, countless more of the individuals with whom he acted found Kane to be repellant and evil. Indeed, his second wife is so repelled by Kane and his efforts to advance her operatic career that she attempts suicide. Leaving him she abandons a man whose early charisma has given way to total egocentrism and disregard for the feelings of others."
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