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Leadership and Group Dynamics in Lord of the Flies and Tomorrow, When the War Began
Karlstad University, Division for Culture and Communication.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast the two novels by focusing

on leadership and group dynamics. First, I explain some general terms like

primary and secondary groups, leader and leadership, and five different

leadership styles (autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, task-motivated and

relationship-motivated leader), and then I apply the terms to the novels. In the

analysis I examine how some followers and group constellations react to different

kinds of leadership, and how the three leaders choose to approach their roles and

why they become successful or not.

The effect the democratic leadership has on both leaders and followers differs

between the novels. Homer in Tomorrow, When the War Began trusts his leadership

skills and gets appreciation from the primary group of friends he leads, while

Ralph in Lord of the Flies is disobeyed and challenged by his secondary group.

The group of teenagers grows stronger together, while the island boys disband as a

result of the power struggle between Ralph and Jack. The latter trusts his charisma

and threatens and punishes the boys in order to keep them under control. Jack

seems successful as an autocratic leader, since his followers carry out his orders

and let him be the unquestioned leader, but he is in the final analysis unsuccessful

since he fails to put the needs of his followers before his own strong desire for

power. Both Homer and Jack are strong leaders of their own primary group, and

one argument why they are more successful than Ralph is the loyalty they receive

from their followers. However, the reason for their faithfulness differs. In

Homer’s case it is friendship, and in Jack’s case it is fear of what he will do to

them if they defy him.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , p. 15
Keywords [en]
Leadership, Group Dynamics, Lord of the Flies, Tomorrow When the War Began
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-4875OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-4875DiVA, id: diva2:274412
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