Frank Lucas: The Nefarious American Gangster

1074 words - 5 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On Frank Lucas: The Nefarious American Gangster

The Makings of a Killer: The Story of Henry Lee Lucas

1689 words - 7 pages released only to return less than a year later for the kidnapping of two teenage girls. His sentence ended August 22, 1975, following which Lucas began to roam the American south until meeting up with a kindred spirit by the name of Ottis Toole. After meeting up with Ottis Toole, the two began a homosexual affair in the late 1970’s and moved to Jacksonville, Florida with Toole’s niece, Frieda Powell. Also known as Becky, Frieda aided Toole and Lucas

Lucas: king of film Essay

1817 words - 7 pages American Graffiti, with this film Coppola had given Lucas the chance to make a foothold in the film industry, and he certainly did. Also, Lucas is supported by friends Steven Spielberg, John Milius, Martin Scorcese, and Ivan Reitman (Moritz 260). The group often collaborate on projects and get advice from each other on filmmaking (Moritz 258). Steven Spielberg is quoted in Champlin's book saying: Lucasfilm touches our lives from

George Lucas

2604 words - 10 pages '71, Lucas set out to McCoy 3 work on his next project, "American Graffiti". Released in 1973, "American Graffiti" became a record breaking film. Identifying with Lucas' life back in Modesto, the film created the atmosphere of a "warm, secure,and uninvolved life." ( 1 of 2) It became one of the industry's most successful low budget film's in history. The film was made with between $750,000 and $780,000 but grossed over $50 million at

George Lucas: Entrepreneur and Geek

1116 words - 5 pages his next film that was inspired by his love for cars called American Graffiti. The film American Graffiti was released in 1973 and is about a few high school graduates trying to spend some time with each other before they leave for college. American Graffiti ended up being nominated in five categories at the Academy Awards: Best screenplay, Best picture, and lastly, Best director. Even though Lucas reached stardom with the film American Graffiti

Al Capone

683 words - 3 pages Here's the life in the eyes of a famous gangster. Alphonse Capone, or better known as Al Capone, is the worlds' most famous gangster. Al Capone was merciless, rich, successful and powerful.Al Capone was born on January 17, 1899 in Italy in a town called Naples. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Al's family emigrated from Italy in 1893. Al had five brothers and three sisters. His five brothers were Vincen the 30th, Ralph, Salvatore, Amadeo

New Hollywood Cinema (Scarface)

2373 words - 9 pages Alex Liasides New Hollywood Cinema (Scarface) The gangster movie has always been a favourite for most audiences since the early days of Film Noir. The reasons for the success of such films are due to the fact that they create an illusion of an underworld of which is glorified and provides a positive view point to the audiences. In turn, we become in awe by the power and lifestyles of the Maffia and side with them. Elements such as violence

Robert Lucas

1406 words - 6 pages a monograph, Recursive Methods in Economic Dynamics, in 1989. Robert E. Lucas is a famous American economist for many reasons. He influenced the way of thinking for many other important economists such as Finn Kydland and Edward Prescott and transformed macroeconomic analysis. Lucas’s work, which gained popularity in the 1970’s, questioned the economic conclusions of John Maynard Keynes in macroeconomics and the efficacy of government roles in

Short paper on George Lucas' career

945 words - 4 pages such as THX-1138:4EB, which had one first prize at the national student film festival. In 1967 he was granted a scholarship to watch the making of the movie Finian's Rainbow, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who had also directed the movie The Godfather. In 1969 Coppola and Lucas created a company called American Zoetrope. The first undertaking of the company was a full length version of Lucas's THX-1138. In 1971, when Coppola started


1547 words - 6 pages 1. Speaker- person who is presenting an oral message to listener.Message- Whatever speaker communicates to other Channel- The means by which a message is communicated.Listener- Person who receives the speakers message Feedback- The message, usually nonverbal sent from listener to speaker.Interference-Anything that impedes the communication Situation- The time and place in which speech communication occurs. (Lucas 16-19) 2. The three types of

Money, Power and Respect: The Gangster Life

2418 words - 10 pages Montana's life of ups and downs. They think getting into a gang or being a gangster would solve the problem of poverty and social barriers.Influence of the gangster movies on the society is actually enormous. The music, movies, video games, clothes and the way youth acts, all of them has affected by the gangster movies. The influence is actually so strong that the African American literature and culture had a boom after embrace the gangster

Chiwetel Ejiofor

1497 words - 6 pages was with Denzel Washington in American Gangster and he was the brother of the once powerful heroin kingpin frank Lucas (Denzel Washington). Chiwetel directed the short film Slapper in 2008. Chiwetel starred in Endgame and portrayed Thabo Mbeki the director of information for the African National Congress in the days of apartheid. In 2009 he joined a cast for three films Sci Fi thriller 2012, Endgame, and Tonight at Noon. The summer of 2013

Similar Essays

The Big Lebowski And American Gangster

1381 words - 6 pages to make sense (The Big Lebowski, 1998). The deception of the characters in The Big Lebowski such as the millionaire and his nympho wife can be comparable to the deception of the lycans in Awakening. The Big Lebowski has a conclusive end while Awakening leaves one hungering for more. The American Gangster is a biographical film about the rise and fall of a Harlem gangster called Frank Lucas. The first acts entails Lucas gaining the leadership

Evolution Of The Gangster And America

1520 words - 7 pages Public Enemy with Tom Powers life story. Powers wants more for himself, and is raised to think that only way to do so is through crime. As said by Edward Mitchell, “his chief weapons in his struggle are the manly fortitude, traditional virtues… and the continuous stream of fortuitous circumstances” (Barry 220). This ideal cemented by Horatio Alger myth, the American Dream, is apparent in both Tom Powers and Frank Lucas. In American Gangster, Lucas

Materialism And Greed Essay

649 words - 3 pages his death and unavoidable downfall. Materialism can also be a form of greed, and is portrayed in the movie American Gangster. This movie is about another kingpin, Frank Lucas, who lives a simpler life style than Tony Montana ever did. This simple lifestyle allowed Lucas to be an inconspicuous kingpin for a while, that is until he meets his future wife, Eva. They begin a whirlwind romance and she teaches him that it is okay to love the finer

George Lucas: One Of The Greatest Filmmakers

1434 words - 6 pages writers of his time. He has written many movies that have won academy awards such as THX 1138, The Star Wars Trilogy, American Graffiti, and Indiana Jones. George Lucas has not only written Movie he has also written a couple of TV series such as The Young Indiana Jones and a cartoon version of Star Wars. George Lucas has also written many Sci Fi short films and many Sci Fi books.      George Lucas wrote the move Star Wars