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Dmitry Shargorodsky Positions taken based on Prejudices in the Twelve Angry Men The movie Twelve Angry Men serves as an excellent example of small group development in the midst of a battle for the truth against personal prejudices The way the characters fall into their specific role is a very important part in their communication as well as in the success of the overall negotiation Initially because of his functional role the foreman is titled by the rest of the group as the leader However because of his lack of innovation and his need for approval his leadership quickly begins to dissolve Two leaders emerge one being Henry Fonda the other is referred to as the loud mouth Fondas Character plays many roles but foremost he opens the discussion by playing the Devils advocate While others are all convinced the boy is guilty Fondas Character truly doesnt know Instead of pressing his opinion he uses his democratic style to focus the rest on what is truly important he does so by constantly reminding the group they must acquit if they have any reasonable doubt This is a perfect example of always keeping the goal in mind while negotiating In addition Fonda no matter how emotional the discussion got always kept calm and had his task in mind instead of just going along with the crowd and accepting the evidence as it was presented he challenged everything He acted as initiator-contributor by suggesting different possible scenarios for the way that the crime was committed and how the witnesses testimonies could be flawed This type of a brainstorming became very effective for finding the truth and as a result portrayed Fonda as a very effective leader The loud mouth on the other hand is a very different type of a leader being an autocratic leader he is loud and inconsiderate from the start its obvious that he has motives that steams from his fight
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