Comparing King Henry's Leadership Style In A Man For All Seasons

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There are many ways that people can lead, whether it be through manipulation, through dedication to their religion, or just following another person’s leadership style. Each style has the possibility of being effective, but only if the leader themselves uses this style correctly. In A Man for All Seasons, there is only one person who shows the capability of being a successful leader, that person was King Henry VIII. One of the reasons for this is because Henry used many intelligent methods while ruling. Another reason is that he did whatever was necessary to attain what he wanted. Lastly, when comparing King Henry’s leadership style to the other leadership styles in this play, it is evident that Henry was the most successful. King Henry VIII’s…show more content…
An example of this being Rich’s style of leadership, Rich wanted money and fame, which can be shown when More told Rich about a job offering at a new school. In which Rich responds bitterly disappointed, expecting better. “More: Why not be a teacher? You’d be a fine teacher. Perhaps even a great one. Rich: And if I was, who would know it?” (Bolt 8) This shows that even though the job offered to him had excellent benefits, he did not want to accept it since he would get no recognition. Also, during More’s trial, it is made apparent that Rich was bribed to lie under oath. This can be shown when Rich enters in extravagant clothing and the reader is informed that Rich was appointed attorney-general for Wales. ( Bolt 154, 158) Which can also show that Rich would do anything for money and recognition. Another comparison that can be made to King Henry’s leadership is Cromwell’s leadership. Cromwell seemed to only follow what King Henry asked of him. Which can show that Cromwell was not an actual leader, but more of a follower to King Henry. As stated above, Cromwell supported the King thoroughly, enforced the King’s wishes, and did the King’s dirty work for him. “Cromwell: We’ll put something in the cupboard. Rich: What? Cromwell: Whatever’s necessary. The king wants either Sir Thomas More to bless his marriage or Sir Thomas More destroyed.” This shows that Cromwell would have done anything to please the King and fulfill his wishes, even if that meant having More killed. With the evidence provided, it can be determined that Cromwell led to ensure King Henry could succeed and Rich only led to gain money and power, while King Henry led to achieve what he desired and set out to achieve, and in the end, King Henry did achieve what he desired as he was able to divorce Catherine and marry

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