Leadership Styles : Niccolo Machiavelli And Dr. Martin Luther King

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There are varieties of leadership styles. Niccolo Machiavelli and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, are opposites in their characterization of what makes a good leader. One justifies that the “end justifies the means” while the other directs us that “it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends” (King). I agree with the latter of the two believing that the first one burns bridges, while the latter builds them. However, both leadership styles exist today. Machiavelli reflected, “How one lives is so far distant from how one ought to live, that he who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner affects his ruin than his preservation” (Machiavelli). Machiavelli indicated that the Ferdinand of Aragon was a great leader who…show more content…
However, what are constant through these changes, is overlooking the human element. This consulting firm recognized this. I do believe this to be an accurate representation of the environment since going through numerous events. I recall sitting down in the workshop last Thursday. The company’s tent cards boasted a quote from Niccolo Machiavelli. It read, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new” (Machiavelli). The owner of the firm took an unfortunate turn as he generalized the entire group, admonishing us all that we chose this life. What he referred to was the life of a consultant. This consulting assignment was reorganizing and transitioning individuals off permanently off the project. What he failed to understand was that over half of the group did not make this choose willingly. Many of the companies we came from laid the group off due to their economic environment. It was as if he was a father admonishing his children. He asked for questions, where he would challenge individuals to verbal humiliation to express his point. At one time, he required to see the degree of an individual, not knowing she was had a Ph.D. Unfortunately, many of us became

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