An Effective Leader If Everyone You 're Leading Dies?

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Are You Really an Effective Leader if Everyone You’re Leading Dies? The first several books of Homer’s Odyssey are spent in suspense as the reader waits to meet the legendary Odysseus himself. His son Telemachus is distraught trying to maintain his father’s honor amidst the home being overrun. His wife Penelope unspins yarn at night to fend off suitors in a desperate attempt to stay faithful to her absent love after all of these years. Even the goddess Athena herself goes before Zeus to vie for Odysseus, and explain{s} how perverse it is that this great man be denied rescue from his unnecessarily excessive punishment. And finally we meet this great leader, Odysseus, tragically stuck on an island sleeping with the goddess Calypso bemoaning his fading reputation and opportunity for glory. Odysseus, initially thought by many to be an impeccable and even god-like character simply plagued by a misfortune of fate, upon further inspection proves himself to be too personally flawed to be even considered an effective leader. Some scholars would attempt to classify Odysseus as the paradigm of leaders. A popular outside source specifically credits Odysseus with the “defining character traits of a Homeric leader: strength, courage, nobility, a thirst for glory, and confidence in his authority” topped off by his notably “sharp intellect”. These people might argue that it is not Odysseus’s flaw but the crew’s failure to follow his instructions that brings their own {horrible} fate

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