The Required Qualities for a Good Leader of Society

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The Required Qualities for a Good Leader of Society “Leadership is influence. It is the ability to obtain followers. When the leader lacks confidence, the followers have no commitment. A leader is great not because of his power, but because of his ability to empower others” – John Maxwell. This quote summarises what a good leader of society should be. It is all well and good to have a leader who is influential, but to have a leader, who is not able to stand in front of a crowd of people and cameras during a press conference, is pointless. A good leader, therefore, needs to be a mixture of the following: charismatic, trustworthy, honest, decisive, popular, powerful, approachable, sociable, charitable, competent, reliable, and confident. Clearly no single person could possibly possess all of these qualities simultaneously. Throughout the history of recorded human existence there has been leaders, both good and bad, and it is the qualities they possess that are responsible for their popularity or success. Such leaders may not be acknowledged for fair or honourable character, but it is how and what they do to accomplish what they planned to do, and the consequences of their actions, that truly matters. A perfect example of this kind of leader is Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Germany between 1933 and 1945, who was responsible for the genocide of the majority of the Jewish population in Germany and the surrounding Nazi-dominated countries, contributed to the outbreak of the Second World War and was directly responsible for the deaths of more than 30 million people all in all. Despite the appalling crimes against humanity... ... middle of paper ... ...itler definitely deserves admiration. On the other hand, King had a vision of a nation where black people were accepted as equals, and where people of both races were able to co-exist peacefully in ‘one nation, under God.’ He did this by promoting the idea of non-violence, as he believed violence would lead to the spiritual self-destruction of the perpetrators and would invoke the collapse of the tolerance of all white people across the country. King, therefore, must be acknowledged as a dignified revolutionist, with his honourable approach to the gain of racial equality. Personally I am completely against both Adolf Hitler and the entirety of Nazism but I do believe that he was a remarkable leader of society. However, I am largely inclined to harbour a greater deal of respect and admiration for Martin Luther King.

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