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The Movie The Whale Rider History Essay

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Published: 1st Jan 2015 in History

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Whale rider is a 2002 drama film directed by Niki Caro, based on the novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera.the film stars Keisha castle-Hughes as kahu piakea apirana,a 12years old Maori girl who wants to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather koro believes that this is a role reserved for males only. The film was a coproduction between New Zealand and germany.it was shot whangara, the setting of the novel.

Leader chosen as piakea and koro.

Koro was an autocratic leader it is also known as authoritarian leader this is used in situations where control is necessary or when circumstances are dangerous, Many times, the subordinate staff is inexperienced or unfamiliar with the type of work and heavy oversight is necessary. Rigid organizations often use this style. It has been known to be very paternalistic, and in highly-professional, independent minded teams, it can lead to resentment and strained morale.

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Piakea had charismatic leadership style were as koro had a information leadership style I would choose piakea as a good leader; Piakea was really interested in her leadership and culture. She also had positive cultural identity like grandfather. She was sure that she can do better anything than other young boys, such as when learning traditional songs and dance, but she always obeyed when Koro order her to stop it or to leave it. She also respected her grandfather as a Mori leader. Piakea always pursued to grandfather's love and recognition from him but less encouraged by him.

The effectiveness

Koro is blinded by prejudice and even Flowers cannot convince him that Piakea is the natural heir. The old Chief is convinced that the tribe misfortune began at Paikea's birth and calls for his people to bring their twelve-year-old boys to him for training. He is sure that through a grueling course of action of ideas the ancient chants, tribal lore and warrior techniques, the upcoming leader of their tribe will be revealed to him. Meanwhile, deep within the ocean, a massive school of whales is responding to Paikea's calls. When the whales happen to stranded on the beach, Koro is sure this signal an apocalyptic end to his tribe in anticipation of one person prepare to make the final sacrifice to save the community - the Whale Rider.

Piakea has to fight to get identification as a girl with potential to lead in an surroundings where me are the ones who grow to be the leaders. She goes to bizarre lengths to show how much she loves her grandfather and how much she wants him to be successful as a Chief.

Quote :( Maori women have got to stop smoking; we've got to protect our childbearing properties.)She was showing her qualities as a leader or thinking as a leader that it wasn't right and it's when her grandfather tried to start the boats engine and he couldn't but piakea started the boats engine

Type of power

koro holds legitimate leadership power were in leadership is the power that a director gets by fail to pay due to his position in an organization; a leader essentially is distinguished from a follower due to the better rights and liability he has than others i.e. extra rights that justifiable power bestows and distinguishes him from group it is a kind of power which comes from the authority of your rate and position in the chain of command..

Koro is a kind of chief who follows and obeys his traditional rules he doesn't abuse his powers even if it's his own son or granddaughter

Pai holds referent power: an individual over the Team or Followers, based on a high level of identification with, admiration of, or respect for the power holder/ leader. Nationalism, patriotism, celebrities, mass leaders and widely-respected people are examples of referent power in effect

Type of organization, level of seniority and its effects

This leadership position in the whale rider is a part of the Ngati konochi, residents of the small fishing village of Whangara New Zealand (where they filmed the movie in reality). A 'Ngati' is a Maori tribe Ngati Porou and is a traditional Maori kiwi located in regions east of Cape and Gisborne in the North Island of New zealand.paikea, the Whale Rider, is said to be an ancestor of these people.

As pai's grand father koro is very strict village chief the patrimonial leader same reflects back 2 paikea 'the tribe's progenitor with the Maori legend which tells of a great man, Paikea, who came to a land ages ago riding on the back of a whale. The legend prophesizes that another whale rider will be born to lead the Maori people.

Koro as a chief of the Maori village has the ultimate level of seniority and believes in the patrimonial line as his responsible for his traditional tribe .i.e. koro beliefs pai as a girl cannot become a leader .transactional leadership is also found in this movie because koro's aim is to find a great leadership position for his tribal society.

As shown in the movie pai was blamed for her brother's death, she was seen as the harbinger of bad fortune by koro her grandfather but piakea always focuses to be a good leader .paikea's main aim was to be success as a good leader and provide leadership based on her traditional principals ie the whale riding, learning the taiaha, language, chanting, traditional dance etc

Individual culture and effects

The both characters piakea and koro as stated above are true followers of their tradition and (Maori) culture .it's their culture which binds each of them to be a good leader that they were in the movie

Other leadership concepts and ideologies that you were able to identify in 'the whale rider':

I would say this movie simply showed the traits theory to a large point of view .paikea who was born to be a leader and she was successful to become a leader by displaying her quality as a great chief .she proved her grandfather koro that she could become a good leader even if she is a girl, where as koro believed that a girl cannot be a chief.

As mentioned above koro was an autocratic leader at most times because of his culture and traditional which was in danger, he was also concern about his people as a chief

At the end of this movie koro accepts piakea and addresses her as a great 'wise leader'. the unfinished waka was finished and launched at the end of this movie .

"LOTR: Fellowship of the ring


This movie is directed by peter Jackson base on the first volume of J.R.R.Tolkien's the lord of the rings(1954-1955).it was follow by the two towers (2002) .set in middle-earth, the story tells of the dark lord sauron,who is looking for the one ring .

Gandalf, an old wizard, deliver a ring to a hobbit named frodo.frodo is tasked with destroy the ring ,as it has the power to corrupt and bring on the destruction of peace in center earth. a group of heroes form a companionship to help frodo reach mordor so he can complete his task ,but along the way they are pursued by the minion of the ring's destroyer .the fellowship was seprated,and a number of members were lost ,send-off frodo and his friend samwise to go on with alone while the remain members of the fellowship reform.


Aragon is the child of arathorn is a fictional character since J.R.R Tolkein's .he was one of the hero on lord of the rings .arogan was a ranger of the north, . He was eventually discovered to be the heir of Isildur and rightful claimant to the thrones of Arnor and Gondor. He was also a confidant ofGandalf and an integral part of the quest to destroy the One Ring and defeat the Dark Lord Sauron

He led the Fellowship of the Ring following the loss of Gandalf in the Mines of Moria. after the Fellowship was broken, he track the hobbits Merryand Pippin with the help of Legolas and Gimli to Fangorn Forest and fought in the battle at Helm's Deep and the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. After defeat Sauron's armed forces in Gondor he led an army of Gondor and Rohan next to the Black Gate of Mordor.

At the end of the lord of the rings  he was crowned king Elessar Telcontar of Gondor. He married Elrond's daughter Arwen, and assumed the Sceptre of Annúminas as King of Arnor, uniting the two kingdoms for the first time since the reign of Isildur.

Aragon had charismatic leadership style he was a self motivated person and also motivating others as a hero it simply relates to the great man theory ,he was born as a leader reflecting his belief that heroes shape history through both their personal attributes and divine inspiration


The two leaders as chosen both were effective leaders.

Gandalf the greatest spirit and the wisest" and gave him the elven Ring of power calledNarya, the Ring of Fire, containing a "red" stone for his aid and comfort. Tolkien explicitly links Gandalf to the element Fire later in the same essay.he got effectiveness poer wee everyone has to listen to him.Gandalf was sent the length of with the other Istari to help the people of Middle Earth in their struggle against the dark power of Sauron. He travelled extensively in the Western lands of center world and became known by many names, though he never settled in one location. Most of his time was spent among the more humble people of Middle Earth and by many he was regarded highly for his wisdom.

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Gandalf had legimate power .this is the kind of power were all contain to follow his way of rights Gandalf, have been the single one attitude a Ring of Power, the Ring of Fire....he may do a little pyro work. He use this and further of his powers.. Starting a fire in the snow storm on the mountain, setting the hilltop ablaze when they were attacked by Wargs, keeping a light glowing through Moria, using his power against the Balrog.

Aragorn served his lords during that time under the name Thorongil (Eagle of the Star). With a small squadron of Gondorian ships, he led an physical attack on Umbar in 2980, on fire many of the Corsairs' ships and personally slaying their lord through the Battle of the Havens. After the success at Umbar, "Thorongil" left the field, to the dismay of his men, and went East.  Aragorn undertake great journeys, serving in the armies of King Thengel and of Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor . His tasks helped to raise morale in the West and to counter the growing threat of Sauron and his allies. Aragorn, also known as walker, is a descendant of the individual king who was also weak to devastate the Ring of Power when it came into his hand. raise by the Elf King Elrond in Rivendell later than the death of his parents, Aragorn learns as an grown-up that he is heir to the throne of Gondor. He also learns with the aim of he loves Elrond's daughter Arwen. Aragorn joins the Fellowship of the Ring but, after Frodo in secret leaves the Fellowship to continue the unsafe journey without the accountability for the lives of his friends, Aragorn leads the others after Merry and Pippin, who have been capture by the sin Orcs.

Types of organization,level of seniority and its effects

The movie lord of the rings (fellowship of the ring),this was about destroying the powerful ring .it was made up of nine members who had started their journey to mordor to destroy the rings in the fires of mount doom where the ring was forged.gandalf was chooen and accepted as the main leader to lead them and then Aragorn had to lead the members for the journey when Gandalf sacrifices his life

Gandalf was a very effective leader every one followed him whether any one agreed or not .he was also senior and respected person of all the people.the leadership grid created by by blake and mouton:it's a two dimensional leadership model that describes major role .gandalf was taking care of his follows .

.aragorn was born leader but he never used his power as a leader ,he was also the only king in the follow ship .he was rose to take a mantle of leadership when situation arose.according to the great man theory one having inherited the capacity of leadership

Individual culture and effects

The two leaders played a very important part in culture and traditional they both were leaders .aragorn was a leader but lives secretly in Rivendell as a ranger after his fathers death .it was effective because he knew how to lead others as a leader

Gandalf was a wizard in the istari he was nt allowed to misuse the powers he got .in their organisaton they were only allowed to advise others if they are on the right direction .both Aragorn and Gandalf were trying to save and follow the task they had given

In good company


In Good Company is a 2004 American comedy film written and directed by Paul Weitz, and starring Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, and Scarlett Johansson. The film is about a middle-aged publicity executive whose business is bought out by a huge international company leaving him with a new boss who is just about half his age. His life his more complicated when his boss takes a loving interest in his daughter. The film was a important and economic success, getting mostly helpful reviews


the two characters I would choose as leader from this movie are Dan and Carter.dan was working as a marketing chief before the new administration (after the take over )he decided that he could be a dinosaur .carter Duryea,on the other hand ,is the new chief of the marketing and at just 26 years of age whereas dan's age of 50.

Leadership style

Dan's leadership style can be called as contingency theory ,this theory simply means there is no single leader ,according to the theory there is no leader ship style which best describes in the situation .the leader's effectiveness depends on how well the leadership style is and how it cn fit the context .

In the fred fiedler's this kind of model contains the relationship between the favorableness of a situation such as :the leader -member relationship ,how well the task is structured and the leader's position power obtained through formal authority.

Dan foreman was highly respected and accepted by his co workers .he knew his job very well as a (chief of marketing )

After the take over at sports America he was displaced by a 26 year guy named carter Duryea,u got the job just because he had qualifications bt no experience he can be seen as transformational leader because he was successful leadership style .transformational leaders focus on the base level of the hierarchy .duryea was an extrinsic motivator who brings minimal compliance from his followers


Foreman was a effective leader people was always listering to him because he was trusthworthy ,honest ,charisma ,reliability ,building relationships and givin respet to others .on the other hand Duryea wasn't a effective at leadership because he didn't hav much experience,he was more follower than a leader first his bosses then foreman .

Type of power

Dan hold charisma power ,which means he had plenty qualities that make him capable of inspiring a large number of people .foreman was a very effective leader and when he speaks people listern 2 him and follow his opinion .he used his power to motivate his co workers and lead them the right things even though he lost his position but people did respect him

Carter Duryea has legitimate power .this power is described as a person who holds the position and hav the authority to rule his team as he didn't have experience the last thing he did was selling mobile phones to kids and this gave him a position as chief marketing

Type of organization ,level seniority and it effects

The both leaders worked at sports America ,a magazine targeted to sports fans.carter Duryea has the highest level of seniority based on his position in the department .the effect of this legitimate power means everyone has to listen him

Whereby dan foreman didn't have any legitimate auothority after some one took his place .even though his colleagues remains silent and listens to him

Individual culture and its effects

Dan foreman came from the old school of thought about life this illustrates by foreman's married life and his kids ,the life style at home and his successful career in the movie .he was some one who believed in trusthworthy ,honesty and etc

Duryea on the other hand comes from today's young generation the one who believes in going for what you want no matter what .this was illustrated by Duryea's failure as a family man and husband.


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