The way that Book 12 demonstrates examples of both skilled and faultless leadership on the part of Odysseus by not telling his men that six of them were going to die and by doing everything Circe told him in his fate. Not telling his men that six of them were going to die shows skilled leadership because he thought ahead and knew what their reactions were going to be which would’ve gotten them all killed, “They would’ve dropped their oars again, in panic,” (Homer 766). If the men were to panic, hide, and try to save themselves then they would’ve put the entire crew in danger including the ship. Book 12 shows how he is a faultless leader too, by sticking to what Circe told him was his fate. By sticking to what Circe said Odysseus ensured that he would make it home to his wife and son.
Did you know, Odysseus had slept with other women just to get home to his family! In the Odyssey, by Homer, there were two women who he faced during his journey home, Circe and Calypso, who had “compelled” him to sleep with him so he could finally leave. After all this happened, Odysseus was informed that 6 of his men were to die. Well, he never told them their destiny which was of them to die. He did all this because he didn’t want his crew to back out so he could get home.
Sometimes Odysseus’s emotional need for rest and relaxation got the best of him, but that was only on one occasion. Odysseus made the selection to use his motives and emotions to choose the right way of path and ultimately save him from what could've been a deadly consequence. One trial where is occurred is when the crew was getting caught up in the moment with the Cicones, Odysseus made the choice not to get caught up in victory, but to continue going on his journey. If Odysseus were to of been in that mindset, all of the crew could’ve possibly gotten killed. “Then I urged them to cut and run, set sail, / but
If he would have not lied to his men about the obstacles they would be facing, things probably would have ended very differently. Circe told him what types of obstacles he will encounter and what two paths he could take. Of course, Odysseus wanted to take difficult challenges, how to defeat Scylla and or the Charybdis, which can cause death. Due to what can happen, he decided not to tell men about difficult challenges that they have to do to return home. He does not want his men to panic because panicking can lead to a worse situation.
Odysseus lacked leadership skills when they were planning for revenge on the Cicones, from The Odyssey Book 9 Pg. 212-213. Odysseus ended up using his creativity and cleverness to escape and leave the Cicones, from The Odyssey Pg. 278-279 (P. 264-270). Odysseus was dishonest and didn’t inform his men that 6 of them were going to be eaten up by Scylla. If Odysseus told his men that 6 of them were going to die, they certainly would have started a mutiny against Odysseus and abandon their voyage, like they’ve done so in the past.
Odysseus the Great! Odysseus was a great leader. The first example that Odysseus was a great leader is he was determined to get back to Ithaca. This is helpful in a good leader because if he was not determined his crew would not want him to lead anymore and might find a new leader.
Odysseus may not have been the most admirable hero, but does that necessarily mean he was not a good leader to his men? Good leadership can often come at the cost of one’s humility due to the harsh situations a team may have to go through. Being a less than subpar hero does not always equate to being a bad leader, and that is exactly the situation Odysseus was in. Odysseus was a great strategist, but his ability to not let his men hold him back from his goals was quite impressive. With all of this in mind, Odysseus earned his status as a good leader that is recognized by some, albeit bitterly.
Leadership is one of the most significant or valued qualities an individual can have because of the effect it can have on many others. The protagonist, Odysseus, displays many of his qualities and traits, such as intelligence, strength, and will. In the story “The Odyssey”, or also known as the long journey of Odysseus, Homer emphasizes the character traits and how Odysseus reacts going against conflicts. He does this by illustrating the disputes, problems, and the ideas of how Odysseus finds his way back home to his hometown, Ithaca. Odysseus is a heroic leader who is intelligent, stubborn, and powerful.
True Heroes A hero is a being that, at the end of the day, has done something others can admire. Odysseus, a Greek mythology hero in the Odyssey written by Homer, lacks many features I believe a hero should possess. In the Odyssey, Odysseus, after departing from Troy, set off on his journey home.
As eager as Odysseus is to get back home to his wife and son in Ithaca, the shipmates on board with him are struggling with hunger and the loss of energy. Looking at Odysseus’ intense determination to return to his town, it seems as if the only idea that is filled in his mind is to go back to Ithaca without looking at the tired condition of his shipmates. Odysseus’ yelled difficult orders and tasks that were expected to be fulfilled by his sailors, and for the most part they were able to complete it. Looking at the poor men rowing day and night over the monstrous waves, Odysseus never gave them a chance to take a break and enjoy a single meal, until one shipmate decided to speak up. Even so, Odysseus was narrow-minded and thought only about
He got his crew killed by staying in the cyclops cave, getting eaten by the cyclops. Odysseus destroyed his own men because Odysseus lied about Scylla and not thinking when they were on the cyclops island. When Circe told Odysseus about Scylla and Charybdis, Odysseus did not tell his crew about how some crew members are going to die. When Scylla appeared, taking Odysseus's six of his best men, Odysseus did noting when his crew was getting captured.
This is just a theory based on what we already know about him, but there are choices Odysseus made in the story that could have easily been able to figure out but choose not to. The example is when Odysseus chose to sail past Scylla instead of Charybdis, he was thinking of doing what Circe said to do “But now I cleared my mind of Circe’s orders— cramping my style, urging me not to arm at all.” The first problem that proves Odysseus was not thinking correctly was choosing to sail past Scylla instead of Charybdis. By sailing past Scylla, Odysseus is guaranteed to lose six of his men, one for each of the 6 heads, instead of Charybdis, a monster that create whirlpools three times a day and can destroy the entire crew if they were to get trapped in the whirlpools. The first choice already have six casualties and requires luck to get past with only six deaths while the second choice can result everyone dead or alive, but requires a
Odysseus adjusts his behavior after his encounter with the dangerous cyclops so that no more of his men will suffer for what Odysseus chose to do. Odysseus proves he now knows the real power of his choices and how they affect the people around him through the careful decisions he made on behalf of his shipmates. His reckless actions that provoke his enemy have ceased to exist in this chapter whereas now he is so cautious he doesn't even let his own mother distract him from the feat of saving his companions, his responsibilities. Homer uses the conflicts Odysseus has with the Cyclopes to exhibit the lesson that needs to be learnt and then the subsequent conflict with Circe to present how Odysseus manipulates his understanding as a viable tool. The intention of this expedition was to go home but in the process Odysseus has achieved a more spiritual sense of his surroundings.
There are many lessons Odysseus and is men learn on their journey home in the Odyssey. Unfortunately, only Odysseus makes it home and the rest of men are dead because of their foolish actions. In the Thrinacia and The Cattle of the Sun episode of the Odyssey Odysseus’s men once again disobey him and cost them their lives. The men and Odysseus learn valuable lessons throughout their epic journey, but in the episode the most important lessons they learn are; temptation can lead to death, being obedient can save your life, and trust your instincts. If Odysseus’s men would have been more obedient to their leader Odysseus perhaps all of them would have made it back home alive.