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Remember the titans

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Remember the Titans: Coach Herman
Coach Boone comes into a situation that was very challenging and handles it with great leadership skills and traits. When he became head coach at the newly desegregated school he faced a lot of opposition, hatred and fear of racial mixing.
Coach Herman as an Effective Leader:
Coach Herman is an example of an effective leader. Some qualities that Coach Herman encompassed that are cited by Forbes as an effective leader are:
-Ability to Delegate
-Ability to Inspire (Forbes.com)

Coach Herman had all of these effective leadership qualities in Remember the Titans

Specific Incidents of Leadership
Specific Incidents of Leadership
This is a scene when Assistant Coach Bill confronts the Referee about being dishonest in the game. This was an important moment for Coach Bill because there was a deal made that if he purposefully lost this game he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame. (To have Coach Herman fired) However, Bill steps up and is a leader with integrity and honesty and chooses the correct path to instead confront the Referee on his discrimination and lack of honesty.
Strengths of the Leaders Coach Boone and Coach Yoast
Both of the incidents that I showed clips to, show the strengths of both Coach Herman and Assistant Coach Bill. Some of the leadership qualities they show are:
-ability to confront difficult topics
- encouraging
Coach Herman
However, through the struggle that Coach Herman originally faced- he has the characteristics of a leader so he was able to not only effectively coach the team, but also help diminish barriers between races and instead helped build friendships and partnership between the racially different team members. This shows that he was an effective leader through his behaviors, actions and examples.
Remember the titans
During the difficult training that all the team members have to go through, racial tensions become a present issue. There is a moment then when Coach Herman confronts all the members of the team and Assistant Coach Bill that they all need to come together instead of letting race separate them

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A leader must possess traits that will allow him to influence others. According to Yukl (2013) leadership is defined as “the process of influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how to do it, and the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish shared objectives” (p.7). In the movie Remember the Titans, many characters exhibit several characteristics that define them as an effective leaders.
There are two coaches that are the main leaders of this story. Coach Yoast who is the current white coach to T.C. Williams and Coach Boone whom the board decided to hire as the new head coach. This action took Coach Yoast’s job. Boone sees the value of Yoast and invites Yoast to be the defensive coach. In the city of Alexandria, there are racial tensions that affect coaches, and players. We will analyze the leadership of the main characters of the movie.
Coach Boone
Throughout the movie, Coach Boone shows his leadership abilities that can be related to Yulk’s (2013) power influence approach. This approach “explains leadership effectiveness in terms of the amount and type of power possessed by a leader and how power is exercised” (p. 13) Coach Boone showed his leadership ability when he introduces himself to the players. He lets them who he was and the authority that he had in the team. Another power influence representation of Boone’s leadership is represented when white players Gary and Ray introduce themselves to Coach Boone. Boone lets all the players know that he is the leader of the team and will make the decisions for the best of the team.
Yulk (2013) mentions change oriented behavior, as the ability to “understand the environment, finding innovative ways to adapt to it, and implement major changes in strategies” (p. 53). The movie shows how Boone understands his environment and implements changes to the team to create a successful desegregated team. A major event in which Boone demonstrated effective leadership is when he unified a segregated group. He demonstrates dyadic processes by creating relationships between the players and the coaches. He motivates all players to work as a team and become effective members of the team.
Yukl mentions Mintzberg’s taxonomy of manager roles. Boone fits into several roles, as a leader, Boone ensured motivation by working with the team and encouraging members to get to know each other. He also provided guidance with each speech throughout the movie to motivate his players. He created favorable conditions for work by removing racial tensions and unifying the team. He also fits into the spokesperson and the disturbance handler roles. As a spokesperson, he represented not only the school but he was a symbol for integration and black leadership.
Coach Boone
Coach Yoast
Coach Yoast had a unique ability to foster relationships with his football players. In his leadership role as assistant coach, he displayed self-monitoring traits (Snyder, 1974) and showed ability to measure and adjust his behavior to adapt to external or situational factors. One example of effective leadership is when Coach Yoast saw potential in a player who was struggling with the offensive team. This showed Yoast’s skills and his ability to develop subordinate skills (Yukl, 2013)
Coach Yoast
Using the Tuckman’s (1965) model of forming, storming, norming and performing, we can analyze Coach Yoast’s group development identifying the different stages of group development in each stage process the Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership (SLM) (Hersey & Blanchard, 1988) will be discussed on both the development of the team and Coach Yoast leadership style the analysis will give insight to Coach Yoast creation on his football team and presents various styles of leadership at various points.
As Coach Boone mentioned, to Coach Yoast, he will let the best players play regardless of the color of their skin. Yukl (2013) mentions the behavior approach which investigates how mangers cope with demands and constraints. Boone shows his effective leadership by overcoming racial conflicts and insults. Coach Boone did not allow intimidation when someone threw a brick at his house. He demonstrated perseverance and leadership after this incident. He does not let it affect his management and leadership skills and takes his team to the State Championships.
Coach Boone
Coach Yoast
The forming stage begins when Coach Yoast meets up with the football player’s parents and learned that Coach Yoast will no longer lead as Head Coach. Many players who were upset insist of leaving the team if Coach Yoast leaves this is a turning point in the movie which Boone calls out for a meeting and Yoast enters the room became confrontational interrupting Boone reaction as angry which Yoast interrupted Boone’s players as Head Coach. Both Boone and Yoast went into a yelling match over their coaching roles and responsibilities establishing a leadership role and the dynamic shifts forming stage ends. During the forming stage the team falls into the S1 category leadership style by Coach Yoast telling his football players what to do and how to do it (Hersey & Blanchard p. 171) Yoast ends up telling his players to play for Boone next season and meet up with the parents and athletes and Boone makes it clear to Yoast and his football players that he will dictate on how the season will progress.
He influences a change of attitude within the players. Boone creates a team that is unified and has a strong commitment overcome obstacles and challenges. Analyzing Boone’s actions by Yukl’s (2013) conceptualization theory of group processes; the coach creates trust in the team using collective processes within the team. An example of this concept is in the scene where Boone takes his players to the Gettysburg field and says to them “if we don’t come together, we too will be destroyed”.
Forming Stage
Tuckman's (1965 Model)
Storming Stage
Forming ends and Storming begins this phase is tumultuous and a confrontation ensues and the entry which Yoast and his former players enter into a team meeting. Yoast and Boone continues to exercise S1 leadership style by demanding and telling the football team what to do. Yoast begins to see each individual members of the team display R2 leadership behavior which they “are unable and willing to confront” (Hersey & Blanchard p.171). In the storming phase the football team remains at an R1 stage which the team and coach Yoast is unwilling and unable to work together as a team. Boone and Yoast remains to exercise S1leadership the two remain telling the football players what to do. However in individual members of the team continue to exhibit R2 development unable but willing or displays signs of confidence by accepting their team members of a different race and showing collaboration on and off the field the team continues to remain in R2.
Coach Yoast
Norming Stage
At this stage is characterized by close relationship and cohesiveness of the group. As the team progresses in the R3 which the teammates are able but unwilling to work together the team trains and able to complete at the most highest level but at times are insecure. In this stage both Boone and Yoast focuses on an S3 style of leadership in which they share ideas and can facilitate decision making (Hersey & Blanchard p. 171) they encourage one another and facilitate in the decision making process. In one scene of the movie Yoast takes Petey under his wing as support which Boone later reprimands him for not doing his job on the offensive line by Yoast assisted in the emotional needs of the player he makes best of Petey on and off the field gradually Yoast and Boone slowly began to build their bond together as Coaches in one scene depicted Boone visits Yoast’s home to share some information he has gathered by sharing ideas and participating S3 leadership is formed.
Performing Stage
The Titans continue to win games entering into the performing stage during this stage the team fall into the R4 readiness category which the Coach and the team are able and willing to be a successful team the follower readiness are marked in a high scale (Hersey & Blanchard p. 171) Boone and Yoast show their new S4 delegating leadership style their understanding and the new stage of the team development eventually Yoast begins to delegate decision making to the football player Allen and allows him to give up his position to Petey in order to win the game. In the end both Yoast and Boone recognizes the importance of delegating leadership responsibilities to other team mates for the team success thus culminating their performance group to a new higher level of success.
R4 R3 R2 R1
Hersey & Blanchard (SLM 1988)
Coach Yoast Leadership Analysis
1. Displays commitment to the integrity, values and personal growth of his team mates and individuals.
2. Is a profound thinker he sees himself as an educator not just a coach.
3. His long run commitment towards the institution (T.C. Williams) and his football players.
4. Willingness to experiment with new ideas
5. Values a coach-player relationship winning aside
6. His love of the sport and work displays a strong and unique Group Dynamic
7. Honest, strong character his leadership style plays more of a role as a mediator.

Coach Yoast
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