Invictus

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Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, is the true story based on the life of Nelson Mandela during the first year of his term as President of South Africa in 1995. This essay will focus on Invictus and critically analyse leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours displayed within the movie. The essay will use the transformational leadership theory to relate to these qualities and outline how they can influence culture within an organization. Further, the essay will highlight how the elements of leadership, including emotional intelligence, teamwork, communication, patient centered care, and education, impact on nurses and on patient outcomes.

Invictus focuses on the captain of the Springboks South African rugby team, Francois Pienaar, and Nelson Mandela, who after serving a prison sentence from 1964-1990, was released from prison due to the fall of Apartheid, which eventually resulted in his election to the Presidency in 1994 (von Tunzelmann 2013). Apartheid, meaning ‘the state of being apart’, was a system of racial segregation in South Africa, enforced through legislation by the National Party governments, under which the rights, associations, and movements of the majority black natives were limited and Afrikaner minority rule was maintained (Merriam-Webster 2014). As the new President, it was evident that Mandela yearned for the people of South Africa to unite, rather than being divided into two groups, the Afrikaners and the black natives. Mandela believed that the country would benefit if Afrikaners and black natives were not enemies, a belief that distanced him from his core supporters. Mandela established unity through the Springbok rugby team, once hated by black natives as a symbol of white oppression, and further despised by the Afrikaners for their poor performance on the field, during the World Cup to symbolize the new South Africa in which black…...

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