Sidney Lumet's '12 Angry Men' To Hone Leadership Skills Of Top Bureaucrats

24/02/2016 11:24 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Who said you can't learn anything from the movies? Not the government, according to an Economic Times report.

Top bureaucrats will hone their conflict management and persuasion skills by taking notes from Sidney Lumet's classic 12 Angry Men (1957), says the report. This two-day, corporate-style training programme is being rolled out by the Centre in conjunction with United Nations Development Programme. Among its facilitators are former coal secretary SK Shrivastava, former agriculture secretary Anup Kumar Thakur, National Shipping Board chairman Vishwapati Trivedi, and former retired urban development secretaries Sudhir Krishna and Upendra Nath Bora.

12 Angry Men, often used by corporates for training sessions, stars Henry Fonda, Lee J Cobb, and Jack Warden. It tells the story of 12 jurors, in a room to deliver a verdict about an 18-year-old slum boy who is being tried for stabbing his father to death. While 11 of the jurors have made the forgone conclusion to deliver a 'guilty' verdict and send the boy to the gallows, one of them (Fonda) resists. The rest of the film, which takes place in that room, is about how he convinces the rest to consider his point of view.

According to the report, the focus of the programme is on bureaucrats "comprehending the power of influence in the functioning of leadership, relate to the traits and behaviors associated with leadership and deal with multiple stakeholders in a complex and multicultural environment."

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