Saving Private Ryan

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Saving Private Ryan

Many people in this world have power and influence. Yet, there are few who have the traits needed to be an incredible leader. These people who are positive leaders tend to leave strong impressions in our minds for years or maybe even a lifetime. In choosing a movie with a character that portrayed a strong sense of power and influence, and possessed the traits of a good leader, I remembered a character that left an admirable impression in my mind. Saving Private Ryan is a perfect example of a movie with all of the elements of powerful and influential leaders. Specifically, Tom Hanks who plays Captain John Miller is a strong willed individual with a commitment to his country. He leads his troop through
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This experience is what made the other soldiers look up to Captain Miller. This expert power is perceived experience. Although the leader may or may not have actual experience, this perception may lead to negative outcomes. In Saving Private Ryan, there were no negative outcomes because of a lack of experience. Every command and decision made by Captain Miller was based on knowledge and expertise. That is why Captain Miller and his men eventually prevail. The last type of power is referent power. This happens to be the most abstract type of power. When a leader is someone who can be looked up to they are said to have referent power. The source of referent power is the referents personal qualities. Captain Miller demonstrates referent power throughout the movie. One factor that may contribute to this quality could be his age. His is slightly older than the other soldiers are. This age difference may cause the soldiers to look up to Captain Miller. Age is known sometimes as a personal quality that causes reverence. Another aspect of superior leadership is the different type of traits that he or she may possess. This particular approach emphasizes the personal attributes of leaders. The importance of each leaders personal traits and the relationship to his or her effectiveness appears to depend upon the situation that each leader may encounter.
There are four traits that may encompass a good


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