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INTRODUCTION Remember the Titans is a movie about an American high school football team integrated with black and white players who under great leadership inspire a town to trust the soul of a man rather than the look of him Set in 1971 Alexandria Virginia where high school football is life the school board is under court order to integrate the schools Reluctantly they replace Bill Yoast a white coach with Herman Boone a reputable black coach as head coach for TC Williams highs new football team consisting of black and white players the Titans However Yoast under invitation from Boone accepts the position as assistant coach for the Titans defensive line and together they give inspiration to a city on the verge of exploding from racial tension and defy the saying black and white cant work Boone and Yoasts management of the Titans reveals abundant leadership principles and values that allowed the Titans to develop a common desire to win and a respect for each other that prevailed over the rampaging racism of southern America Their contrasting approaches to taking charge strategic visioning team building and communications revealed insights into what truly makes a good leader They also teach a lesson on how a man can motivate with strong direction garner respect through integrity and most importantly inspire change through vision TAKING CHARGE A true leader takes charge by managing conflict delegating tasks taking responsibility and making key decisions Boones leadership was a forceful dictatorship enforcing an environment of zero-fun that conveyed to the Titan players that he ruled with a tight fist He did this to magnify the seriousness of their situation as one of the first integrated football teams and their need for perfection and a desire to win together as a team In contrast Yoasts approach to taking charge was a forceful yet approachable method that bred loyalty and trust from the boys Although Boone and Yoast had vastly
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