Lord Of The Flies Ralph Leadership Analysis

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Leadership is something that stands out in people; the ability to show courage, initiative, responsibility, and determination. Within a group, people tend to look for an individual with these traits to follow. The main protagonist in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, Ralph who was immediately elected leader by a group of schoolboys who were stranded on the uninhabited island due to a plane crash, strives to recreate a civilized society to which he was accustomed to previously and apply it to the group of adolescents that accompany him. The qualities of leadership Ralph possess deemed him to be a fitted leader as they are demonstrated throughout the course of the novel by keeping order among the group, appearing confident in his leadership…show more content…
In order to lead and set direction, a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Upon arrival, when the boys were appointing a leader, without hesitation, saw that "there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out… most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch… The being that had blown that… was set apart" (22). This quote reveals that although one can have a great vision and good ideas regarding the change, if one is not confident, then the action will not occur. Without action, there is no change. With this being said, Ralph knew that they had to take action considering that if they did nothing, the predicament would remain the same and then proceeded to blow the conch to signal for any fellow survivors. Ralph’s connection with the conch allows him to appear confident in the eyes of the littluns since the conch is what brought them all together. It was as if a hidden personality within Ralph had taken control saying, “‘I’m chief. I’ll go. Don’t argue’”(104). Ralph is not the one agreeing to go look for the beast; it is the chief inside of him. He knows that the littluns are depending on him to guide them, and he takes that responsibility into consideration when making it
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