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It Takes More than Public Speaking: A Leadership Analysis of The King’s Speech
Faculty and Staff Publications – Milner Library
  • Patrice-Andre Prud'homme, Illinois State University
  • Brandon O. Hensley, Millikin University
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In a time of global anxiety, a recent internationally acclaimed film aptly shows the development of a leader who never intended to lead. This leadership analysis of The King's Speech critically explores transformation shaped by the pressures of war, modernity, and a public figure's speech impediment in the advent of radio broadcasting. Supportive leadership and followership are examined, as the Duchess of York serves as an exemplar of both. The central catalyst of transformative leadership comes from Lionel Logue, who exercises his role with emotional intelligence and key strategies that are invaluable to the eventual King finding his voice. The servant leadership role is discussed, as it resonates strongly with an ongoing need for transformative and shrewd servant leaders in an increasingly fragmented and information-based global economy.

This article was originally published in E-Journal of Organizational Learning and Leadership 11, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2013): 19-28.

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Patrice-Andre Prud'homme and Brandon O. Hensley. "It Takes More than Public Speaking: A Leadership Analysis of The King’s Speech" (2013)
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