In the initial analysis performed within the analytical matrix, one commonalty emerged within the leadership views that centered upon the greatness of the individual in charge. This source of charisma varied in its delivery method, source of power, and political disposition. In contradiction to this underlying similarity, the nature of each view has specific characteristics that are intuitive to the leader’s environment and sociological condition. Although this practice of leadership changes considerably over time specifically to each environment, the need for leaders and the demand for leadership has been an ongoing challenge for all of society.
In heroism, the primary source of power comes from the great acts of the leader or their subordinate’s duty to follow the wishes of their ruler. In this view, the follower’s compulsion comes through force or the social policies made to uphold the will of the ruler. This exchange can easily foster resentment that will lead to instability if the leader loses support or is defeated. This view would only viable in certain environments such a militaristic society or despotism because the subordinates would have to be controlled by economic or social mechanisms.
In the Machiavellian discipline of the princes keeping the faith, power is upheld through social and political maneuvering. This ability to control with deception and guile provides the leader with an alternative to force. In comparison to heroism, having an additional method to maintain power and control public opinion would be an improvement to the methods employed by sovereigns. Niccolò Machiavelli (1515) sates that it is much safer to be feared than loved because ...love is preserved by the link of obligation, which owin...
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...e, and self-confidence as compared with non-leaders. These traits combined with the ability to understand the motivational factors of your environment provide leaders with the greatest chance for success.
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