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"Mean Girls" Leadership Analysis

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Transcript of "Mean Girls" Leadership Analysis

"Mean Girls"
Leadership Analysis Main Leadership
Challenges Main Theories
of Leadership The Leaders Conclusion Introduction The Characters The Storyline Examples:
Leadership Occurs... One example: When Cady tries to say that Janis and Damien were not invited to her party is because she is pretending to be "Plastic." Some examples: Having the group leader hold off on stating opinion on issue.
Having a group members assume the role of a critical evaluator. The
End Challenge #1: Challenge #2: Group
Members Mackenzie Renda Thomas Henry
Kiersten Rodriguez Bhupinder Kaur
Sarah Brandau Flor Vite Elizabeth Rivera The End!
Questions? Comments? - "The Plastics" didn't TRUST Cady

- Prevented her from feeling a sense of belonging in their clique

- Cady was forced to FOCUS on the specific characteristics of Regina and Gretchen

- "Upper Hand" - Errors in problem-solving

- Ethical Issues

- She should have been honest with Janis and communicated that she should resolve their issues privately

- Honesty= best policy= Cady felt too intimated to communicate Why couldn't Cady be the leader? Janis - New friends
- Gained trust
- Convinced her to sabatoge "The Plastics"
- She had personal issues with Regina
- She used Cady to get information and to ruin Regina's life "Leading the Sabatoge" Regina - Leader of "The Plastics"
- Followers: Karen and Gretchen
- Coercive power
- Influce on Cady: Cady became PLASTIC!
- Transformational Leadership Theory
- Published "The Burn Book" Cady - Became a plastic
- New leader of "The Plastics"
- Learned how to control eveyone around her
- Was authentic: confessed to being apart of The Burn Book " The Queen Bee" "Spring Fling Queen" Principal Duvall &
Ms. Norbury "I did NOT leave the South Side for this!" - Calmed down all the girls fighting over The Burn Book

- Ms. Norbury: able to communicate and lead the girls toward solving problems Situational Leadership
Theory Path-Goal Theory - Changing attitudes, styles, and communication
- Different individuals call for different leaders
CADY with:
- REGINA: materialistic, fake, superficial
- JANIS: loyal, determined, "follower-like"
- MS. NORBURY: apologetic, desperate, fragile
- HER PARENTS: innocent, childlike, isolated
- THE MATHLETES: intelligent, eager, confident The Common Goal: ruin Regina Gorge's life

Obstacles:
"Aaron Samuels"
"Hot Body"
"Army of Skanks"

Motivation: Insurance for friendship with Janis and Damien Cady Heron: Lindsey Lohan
Regina George: Rachel McAdams
Karen Smith: Amanda Seyfried
Gretchen Weiners: Lacey Chabert
Ms. Norbury: Tina Fey
Janis Ian: Lizzy Caplan
Damien: Daniel Franzese
Aaron Samuels: Jonathan Bennett
Mrs. George: Amy Poehler
Mr. Duvall: Tim Meadows - Nonfiction book: Queen Bees and Wannabees, by Rosalind Wiseman
- Operation of female high school social cliques
- Effects of cliques on young girls The Plot - Home schooled in Africa
- Zoologist parents
- "Survivor of the Fittest" mentality
- "The New Jungle:" high school
- Psychological warfare
- Unwritten social rules - Cady Heron: "The New Girl"
- Regina George: "Miss Popularity"
- Janis Ian: "The Artsy Rebel"
- Ms. Norbury: "The Relatable Teacher"
- Mr. Duvall: "The Principal" Clips! Bases of Power - Referent - Expert - Coercive
- Reward - Legitamate Cady: REFERENT
Regina: REWARD AND COERCIVE
Ms. Norbury: EXPERT AND REFERENT
Mr. Duvall: LEGITAMATE
Janis: REWARD AND REFERENT Power and Leadership Culture and Leadership Gender and Leadership - Is not INHERENTLY good or bad
- It's how the leader USES power
- Coercion: less power and more intimidation and fear
- Intention is not everything
- MORE bases of power = STRONGER leadership
- Leaders who silence oppositions--> failure - Assimilation is difficult--> invasion
- Alienation
- Compromise values--> compromise identity
- You don't have to agree
- You need to UNDERSTAND
- Critical to functioning within the culture - Gender roles and stereotypes play an important role in developing adolescents

- Conditioning (self-fulfilling prophecy)

- Attacks based on perceived gender: ignorant, hurtful, and damaging to the perception of ALL WOMEN

- Examples: slut, whore, b****, etc.
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