Frank Lucas: The Nefarious American Gangster

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Frank Lucas—a vile, disgusting, and corrupt individual—used his knowledge of business to propel him into the infamous position of the American gangster. He was a very intelligent individual who buttressed many aspects of an executive leader. Thus, after Bumpy Johnson dies, Frank becomes aware of what he must do to ensure that Bumpy's business operates as usual. It is here that Frank transforms from his somewhat subservient yet taciturn behavior into the executive leadership position of an infamous and democratic gangster. Through the character of Frank Lucas, the movie referred to the leadership concepts of power motive, business knowledge, and the dark sides of charismatic leadership.

Soon after Bumpy dies, Frank becomes captivated by power such that it consumes him and forces him to commit his wicked acts. He is a stern character who believes that “you are who you are in this world” and that you must either be “somebody or nobody.” Thus, he chooses to be the quietest and strongest person in the room. Frank’s power is personalized meaning he seeks it to further his own interests (Dubrin, 47, 50). Like any power driven leader, he cared little about others and acted with vigor and determination to exert his authority and get the highest quality heroine on the streets. Therefore, Frank uses his power to serve as his motivation and achievement motive and to propel his tenacious, resilient, and autonomous personality.

A powerful leader who possesses drive and tenacity is known “for working hard to achieve their goals” (Dubrin 50, 52). A powerful leader with drive and tenacity not only puts forth “high energy,” but also works ruthlessly and is persistent in applying the energy to do so. Accordingly, Frank’s drive and achievement motives are revealed when he determines that he will go to the “source” in order to get the better quality heroine his competitors are unable to attain. Despite the risk, he remains motivated on his mission to transport the drugs past all possible roadblocks and into the United States. His drive, motivation, tenacity, and resilience also catapulted him to a position where he was “more powerful than the Mafia.” Nonetheless, his craving for heightened power and power sustainability ultimately led to his demise.

Moreover, a leader must also have knowledge of the business they are operating as well as the tasks they must perform to keep the business prolific. Hence, Frank’s intellectual ability synthesized with his analytical and practical intelligence permitted him to scale his business to attain its large profits. Nevertheless, he was an effective leader who was competent in the discipline he pursued. In addition, the effective and educated leader must provide knowledgeable ideas for executing the organizations mission (Dubrin 53, 55). In accordance, the cognitive factors of leadership state that the best companies are ran by “deeply engaged” leaders who are familiar with their business operations.

Thus, Frank had to...

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