Movie Assignment: “IM1”
Due Date: 3/2/2015
It’s April, 1945 and the Allies are making some of their final drives into German territory. Wardaddy, a tough and battle ready army sergeant, is in charge of commanding a Sherman tank and its crew on a deadly mission behind German lines. The five men that were the driving force for the Sherman tank named “Fury” are clearly outnumbered and outgunned. In order for a successful mission, Don (Wardaddy) and his team must overcome many obstacles including the recent assignment of an untrained clerk to be one of the front gunners on the tank. Throughout the movie there were several situations that reflected great leadership principles. The three most important of these leadership characteristics were trust, respect, and focus.
The first of the leadership principles in the movie, trust, is shown throughout the entire movie. Don, the leader of the crew is responsible for all of his men and he wants to do the best he can to protect his guys. Early in the movie, one of Don’s front gunners was killed in action and he is assigned a young clerk worker named Norman to fill the new position. Norman is completely untrained for battle but holds such a responsible position on the tank. Being the front gunner, he is responsible for keeping a watch out for anyone in close proximity to the tank that may have armor piercing explosives. Don’s team must trust in his ability to break this young man of his inexperience, and also trust that the new kid will be able to protect them from close attacks. Gaining the trust among your teammates and leaders is vital to success especially in a situation where your life is in someone else’s hands.
The second leadership principle is respect due to the immense respect that every team member had for each other. Don explains that his crew has been fighting together for four years since the beginning of the war on the Germans in North Africa. With the amount of time the...