Authority Essay : What Makes A Good Leader?

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Authority Essay: What Makes a Good Leader?

As said by JACQUES MARITAIN in the "The Democratic Charter,” Man and the State, “authority and power are two different things: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny. Link” Another comparison would be the differences between a leader and a ruler. A leader leads his people while maintaining good intentions and a mindset geared towards the betterment of their people. A ruler is someone who extends their influence over people for personal benefit and gains. A ruler has power, but a leader has authority and in turn, also has power. If leaders think in a way that will benefit the people beneath them he will have a larger positive influence on them and remain in power. In history there have always been bad and good leaders whose reigns can be summed up by these two quotes: “Might makes right Link” and “With great power comes great responsibility Link.” “Might makes right” is the mindset that rulers and tyrants have that summarizes the idea that strength and power makes your right, but “with great power comes great responsibility” is a quote that summarizes the idea that with every drop of power you have the more responsibility and accountability comes with it.

By studying history we must learn from other people’s mistakes so that we can prevent the same from…

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