20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Essay

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Intellect, Precision, Courtesy; The Makings of a Leader
     The ocean swells around you like a dust devil in a sandbox. Salt water fills your nostrils. The ship that deemed this fate upon you sails into the distance. You wonder, how am I going to get out of this one? Suddenly, a large metal object plants itself beneath your feet. A porthole opens and men carry you inside the belly of the large iron beast floating nether you. What’s going to happen now? In Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, this is exactly what main characters M. Aronmax, his servant Conseil, and Ned Land the harpooner, were thinking. After a hefty six-hour wait of being locked in a dark cell, the door opens.
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“M. Aronmax, an iron vessel costs £45 per ton. Now the Nautilus weighed 1,500. It came therefore to £67,500 and £80,000 more for fitting it up, and about £200,000 with the works of art and the collections it contains.'; An intimate knowledge of all details surrounding your business is essential for success. Understanding such details of your “business'; allows you to command every aspect of it. There are more details about the Nautilus and Captain Nemo than just the figures though. He also has a very precise rules and routines that are to be followed by the crew each and every day. For instance, when the crew was under water, Captain Nemo commanded his men by use of hand gestures, each with its own significance. Every morning the second officer on board would call out longitude and latitude numbers to set the course heading for the day. This was part of his daily routine. Creating a decisive plan for routines on board is requisite for work to be carried out smoothly. Captain Nemo is described as having: “…a clearly cut mouth, beautiful teeth, with fine tapered hands, indicative of a highly nervous temperament.'; When one presents himself in this fashion, it shows how attentive to details one is and how highly confident of yourself you are. As a leader, dressing as a man of stature sets a standard for
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