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Characteristics Of Odysseus

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Notably ,“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others,” said Douglas MacArthur. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus shows these traits and many more during his journey home to Ithaca after fighting in the Trojan War. Odysseus must brave monsters, Cyclopes, giants and more, but he is devoted to returning home to his wife and son. Though only Odysseus makes it home in the end, he is able to give hope to his crew that they will all return to Ithaca. Many key choices are made during the trip, and Odysseus proves he can make the right ones. Odysseus is truly committed towards making it home to Ithaca, and does whatever he must do to make it home. These characteristics prove Odysseus is a great leader. For one thing, According to Jon Gordon, author of The Difference Between Good and GREAT Leadership, “Great leaders inspire people to believe in themselves.” Even after one, five, and ten years of being at sea, Odysseus keeps his crew optimistic and makes them truly believe all of them will be able to see their home of Ithaca once again. Most people, after seeing their comrades being eaten by Cyclopes, giants, and a six-headed monster, would give up hope and believe their journey was impossible. However, Odysseus shows true leadership by looking past these setbacks and inspiring his men to keep sailing towards Ithaca. In the story, “Scylla and Charybdis,” six of Odysseus’ men are plucked off
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