Apply different scenes from, the 12 Angry Men movie or short film to each of the stages of group development as formulated by Tuckman in Chapter 2 of Leadership Essentials: Practi

 

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, review the following resources:

  • Chapter 16 of your textbook Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • Chapter 2 of your textbook Leadership Essentials: Practical and Proven Approaches in Leadership and Supervision
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In your post,

  • Apply different scenes from, the 12 Angry Men movie or short film to each of the stages of group development as formulated by Tuckman in Chapter 2 of Leadership Essentials: Practical and Proven Approaches in Leadership and Supervision.
  • Describe at least one lesson that you learned about leading a group through hard times.

Your discussion post should be 250 words.

Reply 1 Amoni

 

12 Angry Men perfectly displayed the stages of group development as discussed in Chapter 2 of Leadership Essentials. It began with the forming stage when the jury goes into deliberation during the murder trial. Forming is as described by Tuckman, when the group is still individually associated. “Members learn about each other, and plan their work and their new roles around these new relationships.”(Oedekoven, O. O., Lavrenz, J., & Robbins, D., Pg.43) As they make an anonymous vote and a debate breaks out regarding the not guilty vote, they begin exuding the storming stage of group development. This is when the obvious storm strikes the group. Many leaders are tested/revealed during this time because there are many tribulations, arguments, and disagreements to work through. By the conclusion of the film the jurors work together to leverage each others opinions and display the norming phase where things begin to level out. Productivity thrives at this point. Shortly after, they were able to perform by coming up with a proper verdict was their priority. The adjourning stage was shown as we are left with juror 3 and 8, two extreme sides of the previous storm that we had witnessed. 

Something I had learned about leading groups through hard times was sometimes all stages must be played out in order for majority to hear all opinions. Many times in my friendships, work leadership roles, and even organizations I tried to step in and quietly assert my opinion much like Juror 8 without much discussion to follow. Trying to avoid the storming stage of group dynamics, I would often cause more chaos. If the situations were to simply norm themselves out, the group would move from the dynamic of individuals to then a collaborative state. With my current leadership skills, I have not allowed for that group development. Hopefully with this new lesson, things will change. 

Reply 2 Emily

 

The five stages in team development described by Tuckman can be found as Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing and Adjourning. The use of the Forming stage in the development of the team is used as the beginning stage where the team has a time to understand the situation they have at hand. This can be seen in the movie “12 Angry Men” when one of the jurors proposes that the team takes some time in order to discuss the case at hand rather than going straight to voting. From this scene, the viewer can see the beginning of the formation of the team by the character opening up the discussion to the rest of the jurors. The storming stage is as the name calls a storm that is brought in the team where “They fight and argue. People feel frustration, resentment, and anger as problems fester and work goes undone”(Oedekoven, O. O., Lavrenz, J., & Robbins, D., p.44). The storming stage from the movie can be scene when arguments start to arise between two jurors over the matter of the reliability of one of the important witnesses testimony. While one is arguing to defend his beliefs in the defendants guilt the other juror is still questioning the credibility that the witness even has. The norming stage is can be seen in the group when the team is able to work through their differences in order to build better relationships with one another. The stage of norming is portrayed in “12 Angry Men” through the execution of looking through the evidence piece by piece in order to get everyone’s input on whether what evidence is actually credible and useful for the case at hand. Performing occurs when the team is able to help one another to become a stronger connected team. The best scene to show the development stage of a team of performing would be when the group finally came to a decision and relooks at all of the evidence together as a team. The adjourning stage is when the team has an end and people are no longer working alongside one another. This stage from “12 Angry Men” can be seen through the final stages of the movie in which jurors left the room after the case had been closed. In this scene the team no longer has a purpose and no longer needs to work with one another. What I’ve learned from leading a group through hard times was from my time in leading my robotics team back in school. Before competition, the team needs to develop a design of just one robot. Getting a group of about 20 people to try and decide on one design can be quite hard, but leading the group by making sure everyone’s voice is heard was the best option. Everyone was able to debate back and forth on what designs could be implemented and people bounced ideas off one another in order to create something better than they had thought. Through these hard times the team truly learned that communication was key to our team’s success. 

Reference: 
Oedekoven, O. O., Lavrenz, J., & Robbins, D. (2014). Leadership essentials: Practical and proven approaches in leadership and supervision. Peregrine Leadership Institute.
Cantabrigidian. (2011, May 29). 12 Angry Men – “This is what I think!” [Video]. YouTube.

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