Effective Leadership Vs Collaborative Leadership

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Macbeth Synthesis Essay

Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” This quote means that collaboration can lead to a more effective and productive society, rather than working alone and having a much less productive society. Is it better to have a more successful society or less successful society? The answer is obvious. Collaborative leadership is clearly much better than authoritative leadership. Authoritative leadership is less effective than collaborative leadership because fear and power create anarchy and dissent, while respect and decency create a harmonious society. This claim can be supported by Hobbes, Macbeth, and Plato.

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On the contrary, some people may say that authoritative leadership is more effective than collaborative leadership, but this is definitely not the case. There is no way that authoritative leadership is better than collaborative leadership because when you rule with power and fear it makes everyone despise you and want you out of power. When people have too much power in their hands they tend to abuse it. For example, Macbeth was extremely power hungry and when he finally came into all of it, he abused it. One way he abused his power was by doing anything that he wanted, without regard for the people and how they would feel about it. In Scene 4 Macbeth said, “From this moment the very firstlings of my thoughts will be the firstlings of my hand. (4.1.152-154)” (Source A) As soon as Macbeth began to do the first things that he thought of he turned into a kill-happy tyrant. Macbeth was very unsuccessful as a leader and did not bring any glory to his kingdom, only turmoil. This turmoil he had created in his once harmonious society made people fear and resent him. Similarly, Thomas Hobbes said, “The only way to erect such Common Power as can make the people secure is to confer all their power and strength upon one man that may reduce their wills, by plurality of voices, unto one will: which is as much to say, to appoint one man to represent them all.” (Source E) This quote shows how giving the one man all of this power is not so they can just abuse it and do whatever comes to …show more content…

In conclusion, collaborative leadership is more effective than authoritative leadership because power and fear create anarchy and dissent, while respect and decency create a harmonious society. Hobbes, Macbeth, and Plato all prove how authoritative leadership is less effective and less productive than collaborative leadership. When ruling a kingdom the best form of leadership is collaborative because it produces a more productive society. Helen Keller was spot on when she said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” If only Macbeth knew what Helen Keller knew about leadership, maybe then things would have gone better

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