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SPC 4445 Paper/Leadership Invictus

SPC 4445 Paper/Leadership Invictus
Barber, G., Bimbaun, R., Eastwood, C., Freeman, M., Hofrneyr, G., Lorenz, R., McCreary, L.,
Moore, T., & Neufeld, M. (Producers), & Eastwood, C. (Director). (2009). Invictus
(Motion picture). United States: Warner Brothers Pictres.
Paper: will submit a 4-5 page paper that answers and responds to the questions given on the
movie Invictus. The paper will be submitted to
Description of Movie
On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) is
FREEMAN D“ 1′ ON released from Victor Verster Prison after having spent 27 years in jail.
H-rm Four years later, Mandela is elected the first black President of South
INVICTUS Afiica. His presidency faces enormous challenges in the post-
Apartheid era, including rampant poverty and crime, and Mandela is
{A particularly concerned about racial divisions between black and white
f: .. South Afiicans, which could lead to violence. The ill will which both
9 f groups hold towards each other is seen even in his own security detail
where relations between the established white officers, who had
5» .. guarded Mandela’s predecessors, and the black ANC additions to the
H“ ‘ ’ ‘ security detail, are frosty and marked by mutual distrust.
0 While attending a game between the Springboks, the country’s
rugby union team, and England, Mandela recognizes that the blacks in
the stadium are cheering for England, as the mostly-white Springboks represent prejudice and
apartheid in their minds; he remarks that he did the same while imprisoned on Robben Island.
Knowing that South Africa is set to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup in one year’s time, Mandela
persuades a meeting of the newly black-dominated South African Sports Committee to support
the Springboks. He then meets with the captain of the Springboks rugby team, Francois Pienaar
(Matt Damon), and implies that a Springboks victory in the World Cup will unite and inspire the
nation. Mandela also shares with Francois a British poem, “Invictus”, that had inspired him
during his time in prison.

Francois and his teammates train. Many South Africans, both black and white, doubt that
rugby will unite a nation torn apart by nearly 50 years of racial tensions, as for many blacks,
especially the radicals, the Springboks symbolise white supremacy. Both Mandela and Pienaar,
however, stand firmly behind their theory that the game can successfully unite the South African

Things begin to change as the players interact with the fans and begin a friendship with
them. During the opening games, support for the Springboks begins to grow among the black
population. By the second game, the whole country comes together to support the Springboks
and Mandela’s efforts. Mandela’s security team also grows closer as the various officers come to
respect their comrades’ professionalism and dedication.

The Springboks surpass all expectations and qualify for the final against The All
Blacks-South Africa’s arch-rivals. New Zealand and South Africa were universally regarded as
“The day I ’m unwilling to risk my political capital and public
opinion, is the day I’m no longer qualified to lead.
the two greatest rugby nations, with the Springboks being the only side to have a winning record
against the All Blacks up to this point. The first test series between the two countries in 1921 was
the beginning of an intense rivalry, with emotions running high whenever the two nations met on
the rugby field.

Before the game, the Springbok team visits Robben Island, where Mandela spent the first
18 of his 27 years in jail. There Pienaar is inspired by Mandela’s will and his idea of self-mastery
in “Invictus”. Francois mentions his amazement that Mandela “could spend thirty years in a tiny
cell, and come out ready to forgive the people who put [him] there”.
Supported by a large home crowd of all races, Pienaar motivates his team. Mandela’s security
detail receives a scare when, just before the match, a South Afiican Airways Boeing 747 jetliner
flies in low over the stadium. It is not an assassination attempt though, but a demonstration of
patriotism, with the message “Good Luck, Bokke” – the Springboks’ Afiikaans nickname
painted on the undersides of the plane’s wings. The Springboks win the match on an added time
long drop-kick from fly-half Joel Stransky, with a score of 15-12. Mandela and Pienaar meet on
the field together to celebrate the improbable and unexpected victory. Mandela’s car then drives
away in the traffic-jammed streets leaving the stadium. As Mandela watches the South Africans
celebrating together from the car, his voice is heard reciting.

Some Points to be Address in Paper

1. Watch carefully leadership traits on display in scenes from Invictus.

2. Identify and describe leadership traits demonstrated by the two main characters.

3. According to President Mandela, as portrayed by Morgan Freeman in this film, what is
the essence of leadership?

4. What are some traits we see in President Mandela’s character that shows he’s a good
leader? What are some leadership traits we see in Francois?

5. What does the poem “Invictus” mean to Mandela? What might we expect “Invictius” to
mean for South Africa as a nation? Why is it important as a leader to unify its followers
even when times get rough?

6. Explain why a team’s performance can affect the larger institution, be it a school or a
nation and how this performance can transcend into a form of leadership (Can sports
teams, clubs, and the like in your school have a similar impact on overall student life?).

7. Invictus looks like a good movie, but so what? What can we take-away from this movie
to help us become better leaders?

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