Db. #3: Film Summary of "Coach Carter"

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View the Film: Coach Carter (2005)

Coach Carter is a 2005 film that is based on the true story of Ken Carter, who benched his players because of their poor academic results. This is an excellent movie to illustrate the challenges of mentorship, coaching and leadership not just in sports, but in every organization. In 1999, Ken Carter, a successful sporting goods store owner, accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA, where he was a champion athlete. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He immediately imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that include stipulations for respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades as requisites to being allowed to participate. The initial resistance from the boys is soon dispelled as the team under Carter’s tutelage becomes an undefeated competitor in the games. However, when the overconfident team’s behavior begins to stray and Carter learns that too many players are doing poorly in class, he takes immediate action. To the outrage of the team, the school, and the community, Carter cancels all team activities and locks the court until the team shows acceptable academic improvement.

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Instructions: In your one-page summary answer the following Questions (Do Not Post attachments to the Db’s):

What leadership traits does the coach possess? How would you describe Coach Carter’s leadership style? Use the characteristics of the task oriented and relationship -oriented style. Provide 2 examples from the film.

How does his leadership style differ from someone you know who serves in a leadership capacity (a teacher, athletic coach, CEO of a nonprofit, a work supervisor)?

How would the film be different if the protagonist were old/female/a different ethnicity, etc.? (choose one different characteristic in your explanation).
If you were to recommend change in Coach Carter’s leadership style, what aspect of his style would you suggest he change? Would you recommend that he be more task oriented or more relationship oriented?

Respond to 2 of your Peers by answering the following questions:

As you reflect on what has been discussed in your chapter reading, in this film, and on your own leadership style, how would you describe your own style in relation to task and relationship orientations?

What are your strengths and weaknesses