Compare And Contrast King And Machiavelli

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All humans have certain undeniable qualities that make them stand out. Every individual has those aspects of their being that make them sparkle. While for some it might be physical, one powerful quality in humans is the ability of effective leadership. Both Machiavelli and King are effective leaders but they exhibited different forms of leadership. They impacted this world and introduced their tactics to us remarkably through their different styles of leadership. Both King and Machiavelli focused on leadership; however, King focuses more on united leadership and Machiavelli on singular leadership. According to Forbes, there are ten qualities that make a great leader. One particular trait listed was the ability to commit to the job of leadership…show more content…
He describes the trials and tribulations of impactful leadership. The decision of whether to be loved or feared and praised or blamed were a few of the many subjects of being an impactful leader. Machiavelli explores the outcomes of being loved or feared through the scenario of the prince that makes his soldiers fear him. He threatens them to force them to produce the effect he wants (Machiavelli-online). This prince obviously has the ability to delegate. This may be forcefully, but it gets the job done, and rather quickly. He makes his subjects submissive through fear. He expounds upon the fact that “without that cruelty, his other virtues were not sufficient to produce this effect” (Machiavelli-online). Machiavelli leads the reader to believe, through the context, that it is better for a leader to be feared. It seems as though the only way to achieve effective and impactful leadership is by scaring the people into submission. Machiavelli delves into the matter of whether or not to be praised or blamed by blatantly stating that “every one will confess that it would be most praiseworthy in a prince to exhibit all the above qualities that are considered good” (Machiavelli-online). Everyone aspires to be praised and have everyone know their greatest achievements, and humans try their best to sweep failures, that might leave reasonable doubt, under the rug. Individuals do not enjoy the feeling of being blamed or hated. The best foot is what is put forward—not the truth. Machiavelli explores the vastness of singular leadership and even delves past the pressure and stress of the daunting task on the individual, and jumps right into the tasks, decisions, both internally and externally, required by the leader through the pondering of the above ideas

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