Numberof leaders from movies like Captain Queeg, Gordon Gekko, Daniel Dravot, Dorfmanare all flawed leaders in some way or the other who are not considered most effective.I choose Gordon Gekko who is a flawed leader form the movie Wall Street todescribe his “dark side” characteristics and show how he might fall into Kellerman’stypes of bad leader, suffer from narcissistic tendencies, fall short of ethicsetc. According to Kellerman’s type ofbad leadership, a callous leader is uncaring, harsh and ignores the needs ofthe folowers and the organization. An insular leader disregards the welfare ofthe group. Gordon Gekko exhibits thesame characteristics. He is portrayed as a very greedy person, least botheredabout the many number of people’s lives when he does cheating and unethicalpractices in trading.
He ignores the welfare of the company’s workers that hebuys in cheap and sells off its assets dissolving the company that is notmaking profits. According to Kellymore a corrupt leader is one who chats, liesand steals. Puts self-interest before public, followers and organizationinterests. Gekko is such a a corrupt person with unethical values, heencourages his followers to get inside secrets to do trading even though it isillegal. He spy’s on other companies to gain advantage in making deals .
We sawhow harsh he was when he decided to dissolve the Blue star company only toaccess cash in the company’s pension plan leaving all the staff unemployed. Inmany of the scenes in the movie we see Gordon suffer from Narcissistic tendenciesoften driven by intense need for power and wealth, he lacks empathy. His lavishlife style and his ideas on Capitalism are symptoms of Exhibitionism and Grandiosityas mentioned in reactive narcissist. He is a character who is seen trying tofulfill some missing childhood needs in adulthood which drives his narcissism.