Odysseus As A Leader In The Lady, Or The Tiger?

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Leadership A leader guides a group of people to achieve a goal. The three authors take different positions on how a leader should be guiding people; all three end with different and unique outcomes. Homer, the author of “The Odyssey”, exhibits Odysseus as a real life leader because he has strengths and weaknesses. Although Odysseus does attempt to do some things correct, he does not display how a leader should behave. In the “Thanksgiving Proclamation” George Washington, the author and leader, knows how to balance the power and responsibility of a leader. In contrast, an unfavourable leader is portrayed in “The Lady, or The Tiger?” because the author, Stockton, does not present a leader that is willing to do what is best for their people and …show more content…
Hence, he does not take responsibility for not exerting enough control over his men. Furthermore, the author of “The Odyssey” specifically states, “For six days my men kept driving in the best cows and feasting upon them” (Homer). This quote proves, that Homer is expressing he has the right idea of being a leader. He tells them what to do, but he does not know how to correctly control his men. For example, he did not try to fix his mistake, for he let his men feast for six more days. When a good leader declares something that they want to happen, it ends with a good outcome; but Odysseus’ actions led him and his men getting in trouble with the gods. The leader, Odysseus, responds to his men by getting mad, but he does not attempt to do anything to solve the problem. The author seems to be saying his men did not respect their leader; Odysseus should have been harsher on his men so they wouldn’t rebel against him. Homer, the author, is trying to portray that Odysseus has the right idea of being a leader but he does not communicate his ideas well enough. In the same way, Odysseus blames others, “They sent me off into a sweet sleep. ‘Father Jove,’ I exclaimed, ‘and all you other Gods who live in everlasting bliss, you have done me a cruel mischief by the sleep into which you have sent me; see why fine work these men of mine have been making in my …show more content…
He considered what would honor the tradition that the pilgrims did, Thanksgiving. Additionally, proving he is an excellent leader, “Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the twenty sixth day of November next to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be” (George Washington). George Washington told his people what to do, yet he did not force them. In contrast, he did not act like Odysseus because his people listened to him. George Washington deeply cared about establishing peace, safety, and happiness. He exhibited politeness when making his declaration. Just as important, Washington takes into consideration the feelings and thoughts of others, “That we may all then unite in the rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks-for his kind and care protection.” (George Washington). He is committed to benefiting our country in the best way possible. He has a positive attitude and is patient. This quote proves George Washington was a good leader because when he accomplished something he did not give all the glory to himself. Unlike the king in “The Odyssey” Washington is kind to his people and is not feared by his people. Also, he took into consideration of what

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