Essay on Is It Better For Be Loved Or Feared?

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Is It Better to Be Loved or Feared?
Niccolo Machiavelli raises the question if it is better to be loved or feared when in a position of power. Machiavelli states that it is better to have a relationship that is based on both love and fear but since you can rarely be both loved and feared it is better to have a relationship built on fear. I believe a leader shouldn’t seek to be loved nor feared but rather show themselves worthy of respect. He or she should be more concerned with whether or not they have the respect and trust of the people who they are leading. Being excellent in their field of work, modeling the performance they expect from their subordinates, showing themselves capable of making the necessary decisions that is in the best interest of the state or organization and being fair in their dealings.
Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat in Italy’s Florentine Republic, born on May 3, 1469 the son of a lawyer Machiavelli received an extensive formal education and got his first job as a secretary for the city of Florence. Soon after his appointment Florence exploded politically and expelled the Medici family who had ruled it for 60 years. Florence suffered decades of political instability and turmoil. As a consequence, Machiavelli experienced a series of career reversals over the course of a few decades. He went from being an important diplomat to a moderately successful general to an enemy of the state. Tortured, briefly jailed and exiled when the Medici…

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