An Ideal Leader For All Situations

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“Those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” (Rowling) A political leader, or political figure, is a person who is in charge of influencing public policy and decision making. In terms of leadership, there is no way to accurately outline an ideal leader for all situations. The ideal leader is something that can only be developed in terms of the people that it happens to be ruling. This does not necessarily mean that there is no base scale for a good leader- it simply means that all leading situations are unique, and ideal ruling powers must be developed in accordance to the people that are being ruled. Just one example of this is the idea that an established ruling family is going to be treated far differently than a power that has just taken over, and therefore, must hold different qualities. Within Plato’s Republic Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and Machiavelli’s The Prince, three separate forms of ideal ruling are presented, each of them containing a political leader that is tailored specifically to the needs of the situation. Plato’s Republic contains a leader presented by the description of a philosopher king specifically selected to rule over an ideal state. Republic has long been regarded as the go-to text when it comes to attempting to create an ideal government. However, the idea of leaders is mildly warped within this text simply because Plato has also gone out of his way to place beneath this leader an ideal society, making the ruler seem slightly unrealistic. Within Plato’s description of the ideal leader, his society is broken down into three specific cla... ... middle of paper ... ...s Republic and Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations are all correct when being viewed from the perspective of the specific population that is being governed. Both Marcus Aurelius and Plato write their theories on leadership from a perspective of a rather peaceful attaining of power, and therefore their ideal methods of governing are rather similar. Machiavelli on the other hand focuses his ideal leadership theory on one that is developed from the perspective of an individual that has had to forcefully take over, resulting in the people being uneasy about the new leadership. It is impossible to universally define the qualities of a good leader, and expect that quality of ideal leadership to prevail in all situations when it is put to the test. Keeping that in mind, all three men were correct in their observations of ideal leadership, because there is nothing uniform about it.
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