The Qualities Of A Good Leader In Oedipus The King

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Good Leaders A leader can be described as one who leads a group of people. Many people can be leaders, but there are very few people who can be good leaders. Those few people have very distinct qualities that separate them from the regular leaders. A good leader is one who isn’t too afraid or too bold to ask for help. A good leader is one on whom you can trust. A good leader is one who makes the tough decisions and isn’t afraid to make sacrifices. In Exodus, Moses shows himself to be one of the first great leaders of a great nation, but with some help from many people. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus shows that despite all of his evil and wrong that he has committed, a good leader backs his word and looks out for his people. (Sophocles 744) In …show more content…
From kings to heroes, the texts are filled to the brim with leaders. Moses was God’s chosen one, called to bring the Israelites out of slavery. Such a task as this would seem very daunting for only one man and Moses made this clear to God. God listened to him and sent his brother Aaron to help him. (New King James Version Exodus 4.10-17) A leader can’t do everything on his own and being humble enough to ask for help is a strong quality of a good leader. Despite Oedipus’ own horrible downfall, he still put the good of his people before his misfortune. When Oedipus swore to the people that he would banish the man who killed Laios, he wasn’t expecting the culprit to be himself, but was still willing to banish himself for the good of his people. (Sophocles 744) A good leader looks out not for himself, but rather for well-being of his people. Odin was the great and powerful king of the gods. He gave up his own eye in order to protect his people from danger. (Foster Sec. 1) A good leader makes sacrifices that may end up harming himself, but he knows the outcome will be for the good of the …show more content…
We as a people have always rejected good leaders, despite the good they do for us. That doesn’t mean we won’t have the occasional good leader, however, but as a whole have always been this way. After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they constantly complain, stray away from God, make an idol to a false god, despite just being led out of Egypt by God, even said that they wished they had remained in Egypt, the land in which they were enslaved. Moses was an amazing leader, but that didn’t stop the Israelites from rejecting his leadership. (New King James Exodus 17.3) In Oedipus the King, the people of Thebes talk about judging someone before you see their whole life, while they sit judging the life of Oedipus before his entire life has played out. (Sophocles 747) Their king had committed some pretty terrible acts, but he still held the role of a good strong leader, exiling himself to save the

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