Agamemnon'S Decision

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There are many ways in which to ensure ethical leadership today. This does not, however, mean that it is always an easy feat. There are ethical pitfalls and dilemmas that might not always entail a clear ethical path for the leader. In such cases, the leader or manager needs to take into account various viewpoints and determine which the best and least harmful pathway might be. This is the case in circumstances in which there is a choice between two relatively undesirable options. In such cases, the leader might choose on the grounds of personal belief, social acceptability, or where the least harm to the fewest people may occur. These are all considerations that might apply to Agamemnon's decision to sacrifice his own daughter Iphigenia; while such a decision is in no way ethically justifiable today, Agamemnon's dilemma lay in the values and ethics of his time, along with his position as leader. With this Agamemnon emphasizes that his position as leader is not enviable or easy. Subsequently, he is obliged to lie to his wife and murder his daughter in order to ensure success for himself and his followers. Before providing details of his decision to sacrifice his daughter, Agamemnon spends some time talking to an attendant. He confesses that he envies the old man his life filled with little complication and a large amount of stability. He also emphasizes the dichotomy between the apparent glory of state leadership, to which everybody apparently has some ambition, but which
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