Leadership In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Leadership is sharing the vision with others so that people follow willingly and balance what the whole group needs. People naturally lean to the safety net of a leader because the leader is there to protect them from the unknown. William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies, creates a fictional story of a group of boys who are stranded on an island during World War II. The boys have a falling out, resulting in the group splitting into two groups. One of the group’s members is more willingly to follow blindly to their leader than the other group. Golding uses Ralph and Jack to emphasize that in a time of chaos, fear is more useful in controlling and leading members of a society.
Ralph’s group represents the organization and suggestion of a good leader, but he has no respect from his peers. He starts off his leadership as the only person on the island willing to take charge of the boys by using a conch shell to extract the boys on the island. When the boys come and decide “‘we ought to have a chief”’ they choose Ralph because he has “‘the shell”’ (Golding 33). Being one of the oldest boys and having a survival background from his father, he was the one to bring them together. They feel safer from the unknown with Ralph as their chief at that moment in time. Being chief, he makes a rule that “‘until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun”’ and that they will make a signal fire to help them get rescued (Golding 51). The boys do not listen to the part about keeping
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