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12 Angry Men | Reflections


12 Angry Men. 1957 [NR]


12 Angry Men is a dramatic depiction of a jury whose deliberations about a murder case set the stage for a variety of group dynamics and realities that emerge out of the human spirit. In addition to the heart-wrenching display of how a human system is susceptible to the inadequacies and deficiencies that are innate in our species, this film also illustrates how good leadership can transform a group of people from ignoble purposes, to a higher call. Though the setting for this movie was a judicial case involving a possible death sentence for an 18-year-old, not all group decisions have this same weight. However, the vast majority of the decisions made by groups in organizations across the world are deeply significant and have real human outcomes of which they should be invested.

Questions to consider:

1. What causes certainty in the opinions and…

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