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Action Logics In The Seven Transformations Of Leadership In Beowulf

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The epic poem of Beowulf, whose author remains unknown, was written around 700 A.D. in England and focused primarily on the Danes and Geats in 500 A.D. Beowulf is about the Geat warrior, Beowulf, who is known for his strength and rigor. With this strength, he led battles to rid his people and the Danes of evil and these key battles helped in establishing Beowulf as a worthy leader. This epic poem, along with placing a great focus on the self-titled Geat warrior, tells of other leaders of that time and how they shaped Beowulf into the leader he eventually becomes by the end of the story. The behavior and reactions of the various leaders in Beowulf relate to their corresponding action logics of leadership, which is found in the article, “The Seven Transformations of Leadership,” written by David Rooke and William R. Tobert, analyzes different groups of leaders. Action logics illustrated in this article are forms of leadership that come from everyday leaders, and also analyze how one uses their skills to achieve goals and lead subordinates. From this article one can relate these following action logics to the corresponding leaders in Beowulf: Heremod, Hrothgar, Siegmund, and Beowulf. The generous and well-loved king, Hrothgar, fits the action logic of the Achiever. The Achiever is a leader that cares about their team’s well-being and also is active in taking care of other’s problems and carrying into their own plans. The king Hrothgar was well-respected by his subjects
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