Dead Poets Society Leadership Analysis

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William Arthur Wood once said, “Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation”. Leaders are there to help guide, direct and influence employees and people. However, there is so much more to leadership than guiding and directing. A leader leads people in the direction he or she believes will help a group of people become more desirable. Many traits must come together for a person to become a good leader. A leader must be fully committed to the position they hold, and should be fully authentic. Leadership requires a relationship to be created between the group and leader; this leader cannot use power to gain this relationship. In Dead Poet’s Society, Mr. Keating shows his students the leadership needed to…show more content…
He is starting his senior year at the preppy boarding school, Welton Academy. As he walks through the doors of Welton, he meets his roommate, Neil Perry, and is quickly introduced to Perry’s friend group. The first day of classes begin and they meet their new English teacher, Mr. Keating, who does not follow the norms of the academy. John Keating’s classes are different from all of the others. He has his students stand on his desk so they can see life from a different perspective, and encourages them to create their own style by being individuals who speak freely. The students soon find out that Mr. Keating was in a group called the “Dead Poets’ Society” when he attended Welton. This sparks an even bigger flame in his students. The school year goes on and the students decide to for their own “Dead Poet’s Society,” realizing they should live life on their own terms. Neil Perry soon discovers a love for acting and lands a lead role in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” despite what his father wants. Todd comes out of his shell to discover his full potential, with the help of Mr. Keating. Inspiration goes too far for one student, Charlie Dalton, who publishes an article in the school newspaper demanding girls to be accepted into Welton under the name “Dead Poets
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