Transformational Leadership_Amy Kankiewicz

Transformational Leadership:  Leadership that has a great influence on people’s actions.  This is done when one of significant status (whether in a small or large group) gives their own opinions with the intention of influencing others to take his or her own views.

One example of this is in Beauty and the Beast when Belle is trying to convince the villagers that her father is not crazy.  She takes out the magic mirror and shows them the Beast.  I could not find the conversation that occurs before the song (link posted below), so here is the dialogue:

BELLE:  Show me the beast!
(MAGIC MIRROR again shines, then produces the image of
the still depressed BEAST. The crowd oohs and aahs at it.)

WOMAN 1: Is it dangerous?

BELLE: (Trying to reassure her)
Oh, no. He’d never hurt anyone.  Please, I know he looks vicious,
but he’s really kind and gentle. He’s my friend.

GASTON: If I didn’t know better, I’d think you had feelings for this monster.

BELLE: He’s no monster, Gaston. You are!

GASTON: She’s as crazy as the old man.
(He grabs the MIRROR from her hand.)

**Start of Song:  “The Mob Song”**

The beast will make off with your children!
He’ll come after them in the night.

BELLE: No!

GASTON: We’re not safe ’til his head is mounted on my wall!
I say we kill the beast!
(MOB cheers him and repeats the words ‘kill him’.)

Song starts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lypec7N-9i0&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLE4E41D3EB780743C

Belle is trying to tell the townsfolk that the Beast is not dangerous, she has no status or leadership.  When Gaston begins to speak of how terrible and fearsome the Beast is, because of his significant status in his community, the townsfolk believe him and begin to have similar opinions.  They, too, desire to kill the Beast.

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