True Leadership In Lord Of The Flies

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True leadership is represented by standing up for the greater good of a group without selfishness and ignorance towards others. The story The Lord of The Flies by William Golding demonstrates a constant struggle for power and leadership between Jack, Piggy, and Ralph. The malicious actions that result draw out specific aspects of leadership from each boy. Apart from Jack and his aggressive attitude toward others or Piggy with the lack of respect he receives from the others, Ralph 's rational thinking is the trait, that as a leader, trumps the others and clearly shows how his endless efforts for the greater good of the boys make him the distinct leader.
From the arrival of the boys onto this island, Jack’s devotion to power by anger has
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Whilst being shot down Jack retorts, stating “He’d never got us any meat” (Golding 126). By mentioning this, Jack clearly believes that possessing efficient hunting skills by far make him a better leader and that 's the reason the others should remove Ralph and join him. This god given gift Jack thinks he has, was actually power delegation performed by Ralph at the beginning, yet rather be content with what he received, Jack became power hungry therefore wanting to impeach Ralph. Another example on why Jack would be a bad leader can be found in his need to hide himself. Originally to serve as camouflage this quickly becomes something more to him,“The Mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness” (Golding 64). No longer serving as the choir boys leader, Jack has welcomed his inner savage and let this control him, as well as the other boys. A good leader is approachable yet Ralph and Piggy would rather not interact with Jack while his face is painted. Lastly, Jack proves himself as an inferior leader to Ralph or Piggy through his poor choices that also hurt the group. As Jack and his tribe return from hunting they …show more content…
A handful of Ralph 's more salient qualities demonstrates his superiority as a leader over Jack or Piggy. Ralph employs more rational thinking than that of the other two and is also uniformly well-liked and respected. Ralph’s primary “claim to fame” was the conch, equipped with this power Ralph pushes towards his belief in a signal fire to aid the boys rescue and survival. “Now I say this and make it a rule, because I’m chief: We won 't have a fire anywhere but on the mountain. Ever”(Golding 81). Seemingly a weird choice the principle is genius. In a perfect society, everyone would work together to be rescued, and in Ralph’s mind as a leader, the hope of rescue is most important. Yet the other boys push back, for all they desire is playing and freedom. The signal fire could have rescued the boys long before things got out of hand, yet the others lack of responsibility caused, even more, problems arise. Ralph understands that it is in the group 's best interest to be rescued even if the other have not realized that yet. In this way, Ralph truly does show leadership by having rational thinking. Prolonging their stay and causing conflict again was the death of Simon. No one claims to have been present or involved in the death and declares it an accident. However, Ralph, carrying with him his rational thinking,

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