One of the best examples of the effects of an inflexible mind set is Julius Caesar. Caesar was quite a capable leader, because he had confidence, determination, the ability to judge character, and he worked for the public good. However, Caesar let his popularity and confidence turn him into an arrogant and stubborn leader. Caesar himself shamelessly tells the senators that he will not change his mind in his “North Star” speech (3. 1.
His greatness was largely due to chance. During the Revolutionary War, America needed a leader. He possessed the perfect mix of qualities, such as “patience, self-discipline, administrative abilities, willingness to work hard, and faith in the American caus.” His troops were green and lacked supplies and cohesiveness, but
Peter demonstrated behaviors and competencies consistent with effective leadership in modern life, while his darker side was characterized by an erratic leader enforced through humiliation and horror. Peter was very opportunistic in his actions. He was remarkably able to focus on the future and for his determination to realize his ambitions. His changes are benchmarks for every leader, such as his energy, his continuous personal education and development, his speed and decisiveness, the creation of a new culture, and his extraordinary capacity to lead a nation or people. Despite being a great leader, Peter had quite a few mistakes, which were usually just as spectacular as his achievements.
The Anglo-Saxons were a complicated people with an even more complicated society but they are nonetheless a very interesting people’s. Beowulf swiftly implied since the beginning that “courage” is the ultimate form of “greatness”(“shmoop”). Bravery and heroism comes first in the Anglo-Saxon culture because they used it to prove how worthy they were of power and if they didn’t show it they feared that they would be punished or shunned this can be shown when I Beowulf it is stated that “ Often, for undaunted courage, fate spares the man it has not already marked.” Beowulf shows courage and bravery when he fights Grendel by ripping Grendel’s arm off with his bare hands knowing he could die while trying to do this. As stated by Axel Lazno “Everything Beowulf does is a direct link to courage. Beowulf is a perfect example of an
Although, during Peter’s absolute reign he encounters a few negative occurrences. Like every ruler Peter did make mistakes, yet Peter the Great had a way of evening out or overcoming his failures with success. Peter the Great was an extremely impactful and productive ruler; he completely reformed his country, and established foreign policies to strengthen
His brave conquests in Quebec earned him the title “Hannibal of America”. However, role in the Battle of Saratoga was his finest moment. His victory was a harsh blow to the British, and changed the tide of the entire war. In this way, Arnold not only gained the respect of his country, but also accomplished great victories for the American
“The most famous act he’s ever done was smuggling Tokugawa”(need). This shows how loyal Hanzo is to Tokugawa. Many people were jealous of his position because he was at the highest spot of the clan. “Masanari was the ninja who made the identity of Hanzo Famous.” “Hattori Hanzo earned the nickname Oni Hanzo he displayed fearless tactics during his operations (Samurai Archives).” Hattori Hanzo earned his nickname because he showed his master what impressive strategies he could do. In his battles he displayed many good tactics for defense and offense.
For all the great strengths of these heroes it’s important to remember they’re still human. Humans are naturally flawed beings, in fact their exaggerated strengths seem to make their weaknesses more dramatic. These fatal flaws constantly get between the hero and reaching his goal contributing to setbacks, loss, and sometimes death. Odysseus’s fatal flaw is pride, usually in himself he lets his positive regard for his own abilities and wants get in the way of his decision making process. One example is his military leadership, he makes both very good and very bad military decisions in his time commanding men, Odysseus is, as Homer says,” polytropos, many-sided, mixed, multi-colored, piebald.
Because of his extraordinary traits, the great King Henry V successfully led his small army of men to such victory from the great French in the Battle of Agincourt. King Henry’s self-discipline, reflective to his commitment to kingship, had continuously led him to great virtues that ultimately influenced his knights to become true men of chivalry. Aristotle from Book II Moral Virtue “We describe as opposed to the mean those things in which we are more prone to over-indulgence; thus profligacy, which is excess, is more opposite to the mean than its corresponding deficiency is.” It is in fact natural for humans to be obsessed with ideas or things but in the end it will only weigh a person down. Luckily, people can be trained to end bad habits.
In fact, he begins as a valiant leader only serving Duncan’s wishes to win a battle against a rebellious force. After this battle, he receives a new title which fuels his ambition and causes him to think of immoral ways to seize what he so passionately believes is his: the throne. Macbeth is then led to spin a web of lies to cover up his previous actions and ultimately becomes a deceitful tyrant. In total,, his strive for success got him very far, but it also revealed something in him that is universally human which is the desire for more power. Like Macbeth, not all of humanity is fit to serve since with great power comes incredible amounts of responsibility.