A Review of Questions about Ideas, Leadership Style, Ethics and Teamwork in the Social Network, a Movie by David Fincher

Fictional movies are difficult to make. However, in this tough journey there are some of directors who do frequently end up with an extraordinary film and achieve lots of award. “The Social network” by David Fincher is one of the examples of fictional movie well written, well-acted and creative movie, which insights questions about ideas, leadership style, ethics and teamwork.

Summary And Origin Of The Movie:

“The Social Network” is a 2010 American film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires. The movie “The Social Network” is actually based on the life story of Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook).

In 2003, Mark Zuckerberg who was a Harvard student and computer programming genius has been dumped by his girlfriend, in revenge, he writes a savage blog about her and hacks into all the local college computers to collect a abusive website to criticize her and her friends. The site proves incredibly popular because it hit 22-thousand page request in 2 hours, which is a world record. This was his first success towards his plan. Afterwards Zuckerberg develops his plans for a social network site called The Facebook, which becomes a near-overnight success.

As The Facebook grows, Zuckerberg drifts apart from everyone including his best friend Eduardo, senior friends Cameron and Tyler Winhlevors who claims that Mark has stolen their idea. Later on they were settled in a jury and Mark Zuckerberg paid 65 million dollars as compensation. The website soon becomes popular and about 500 million member or more joins the website in 207 countries and is valued at 25 billion dollars; and Mark Zuckerberg becomes the world’s youngest billionaire.

Awards and Recognitions:

The film “ The Social network” received many awards. Some of them are: widespread acclaim, with critics praising it for its editing, acting, score, direction and screenplay. However, some people, including Zuckerberg himself, criticized the film for its many inaccuracies. “The thing that I think is most thematically interesting that they got wrong is the whole framing of the movie. The way that it starts is that I’m with this girl who doesn’t exist in real life who dumps me which has happened in real life a lot — and basically, they frame it as if the whole reason for making Facebook and building something was because I wanted to get girls or wanted to get into some sort of social institution. The reality for people who know me is I’ve actually been dating the same girl since before started Facebook, so obviously that’s not a part of It.” said Zuckerberg.

The Social Network appeared on 78 critics’ Top 10 lists for 2010; of those critics, 22 had the film in their number-one spot. Rolling Stone’s Peter Traver said, “The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.” It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Fincher), and Best Actor (Eisenberg), and won three for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing at the 68th Golden Globe Awards.

How the movie relates with the business concept:

The movie “The Social Network” has illustrated some major concept related with the business world such as: leadership styles ethical behavior, and teamwork.

Charismatic leadership:

The leadership style that best portrays “Mark Zuckerberg” according to the movie “The Social network” is Charismatic. The characteristics of these kind of leader are: they can create an inspiring and motivating sense of purpose, listens and collects information/ideas, makes people feel important and builds confidence.

In the movie “The Social Network”, Mark motivates his friend Eduardo Saverin to help with some money to buy some instruments for his project. Mark describes his friend Eduardo his whole planning about thefacebook. Eduardo got inspired by Mark’s motivation and helped him in being successful with his plan. This proofs mark as a good leader because his motivation skill is very effective. On the other hand, Mark involved Shawn (invented a free music site and knows lot of people) because he can settle for Mark good business deals. Marks confidence in his own self proves him a successful leader.

Ethical Behaviour:

Ethics is about doing the right thing and making the right decision. Ethical behaviour demands businesses to act in a system that investors or partners consider to be both fair and honest.

The best example in the movie “The Social network” is from the Winklevoss twins, Harvard athletes who apparently came up with the idea for Facebook and gave the proposal to Zuckerberg. They claimed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea, which they had in real. They afterwards sued Zuckerberg and after wards came to a settlement, which made Zuckerberg, pay them 65 million dollars.


Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The capability to direct singular achievements towards high goals. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford.

“The Social network” is a movie, which portrays a successful social network story, which has team involvement. Without the help of each member the network wouldn’t be such successful. Everyone had some involvements in standing up the social network. The idea and the software was actually made by Mark Zuckerberg, his friend Eduardo Saverine invested money on at the beginning, also took care of the business side of the network and then at the end Shawn (invented a free music site and knows lot of people) settled meeting for Mark to make the social network more popular in the business world across the world.

So teamwork is very important in business and the movie “The Social network” is a big example of it.


“The Social network” is a movie, which is portrayed based on a real life story on a business tycoon “Mark Zuckerberg”. The story shows us the key requirements in becoming a successful businessperson, which involves strong leadership style, ethical behaviour and teamwork. In my opinion this movie has all the elements that describes about current management challenges and the changing role of management.

Works Cited

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