Leadership and Problems in Apollo 13

Leadership and Problems in Apollo 13
Leadership and Problems in Apollo 13
Leadership and Problems in Apollo 13
Leadership and Problems in Apollo 13
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Apollo 13 is an iconic movie that I always used to introduce problem solving. The best scene for this is when the engineers attempt to fix the aircraft by creating a new filter. Because the film is about all of the problems on the Apollo 13 spacecraft and how the astronauts and engineers attempt to bring it home safely, I often had students analyze the problems and assess how they were remedied.

It is also a great movie to have students analyze various leadership styles--autocratic, democratic, and situational.

Autocratic--a leader that uses power to force followers to do what he or she wants them to do.
Democratic--a leader who invites followers to participate in decision making, trying to get the majority to agree with and commit to decisions. They typically facilitate and guide decision making and leadership.
Situational--It depends on the situation as to what the leader does.

The students analyze the three major leaders in the video and assess what type of leader they are. Then, they cite examples in the film of how they exhibit that specific type of leadership.
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