How to become a successful and strong leader? What are essential characteristics that are imperative to become one? These questions were asked many centuries ago, as well as they are asked today. Niccolo Machiavelli wrote one of the most influential treatises on leadership that is still utilized in politics and management today. One of the defining conceptions he explores is locating a balance between being virtuous and righteous and practicing carefully selected deceit and cunning. Gilgamesh’s exhibition of leadership is much more primordial and archetypal, which is the product of different eras, where the notions of power and the state were at opposite ends of a spectrum, as were the structures that organize people. Although Gilgamesh fulfills most of the characteristics of Machiavelli’s definition of a strong leader, who is feared, has power and support of his comrades; he still has to improve his public image, which happens throughout his journey.
Machiavelli in his famous book “The Prince” describes the necessary characteristics for a strong and successful leader. He believes that one of the most important characteristics is to rule in favor of his government and to hold power in his hands. Power is an essential aspect of Machiavelli’s theory, and a leader should do whatever it takes to keep it for the safety of his country because “the ends justifies the means.” To attain and preserve the power, a leader should rather be feared than loved by his people, but it is vital not to be hated. As he states, “anyone compelled to choose will find far greater security in being feared than in being loved.” If a leader is feared, the people are less likely to revolt, and in the end, only a threat of punishment can guarantee obedienc...
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...y, and assume the role of a normal and, therefore, effective ruler. After his hardships, disappointments, and self-realization he can understand the need for good reputation, and thus he can complete the list of characteristics necessary for a Machiavellin’s leader.
At first, Machiavelli would consider Gilgamesh as an imperfect leader. Even though he completes most of the characteristics, he still lacks an important one so much needed for a strong leader; he does not have a good image in public’s eyes. This is the key to his growth. We see him change throughout his journey, where he abandons earth desires. As long as he is going to stay the same, or at least if he is going to have enough sense to hide his immoral side from prying eyes, he has a great chance to become a true leader that can actually have a positive influence on his people and prosperity of his city.
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