Leadership In The Battlestar Galactica

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The moments where the two leaders featured in the Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series, Commander Adama and President Roslin, come into power differ greatly. Commander Adama assumes power following the death of Admiral Negala, whereas Roslin has the presidency thrust upon her. The ways in which their positions were obtained illuminates the types of leaders they will be in the future; it is those, like President Roslin, who have power thrust upon them and carry the burden of leadership out of responsibility and civic duty who are the best suited for power. In order to decide what type of individual is a better leader, the term leader must be defined, for different definitions could label conflicting traits as desirable. A leader is not a man or woman of superior intellect, superior morals, or superior will. Any of these or a number of other traits may be used to attain the status that comes with…show more content…
This scene begins with the image of a scroll, the scroll from which Roslin will recite her oath of office. Rosilin stands in front of a priest right hand raised and shaking. People, all of whom are taking video or voice recordings of the momentous occasion, surround them. The audience’s veiw is that of a video camera in the crowd. The slightly unsteady image allows the audience to feel as though they are taking part in the somber inauguration. The priest reads from the scroll, “I, Laura Roslin do now avow and affirm that I take the office of the President of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol and that I will protect and defend the sovereignty of the Colonies with every fiber of my being”. The camera then zooms slowly out and up as the entire company sits in silence. This gives the entire party especially President Roslin a sense of vulnerability. The shot highlights that the people aboard the vessel are the last of humanity and President Roslin is their duty-bound

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