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Pride: A Leader's Greatest Problem

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“There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance,” author John C. Maxwell stated in his paper: “Pride: A Leader’s Greatest Problem”. Pride, universally seen as a positive character trait, is commonly defined as: the feeling you respect yourself and deserve respect from others. Characters embodying pride are often the protagonist of the work, the heroes of stories for children and adults alike. However, even positive traits can transform into negative qualities. Too much pride can lead to conceit, vanity, and arrogance, which can turn even a hero into a villain. Focusing on pride, Guy De Maupassant illustrates…show more content…
Losing the necklace at the party, Mathilde panics and decides not to tell Mrs. Forrestier that she does not have her necklace anymore. With her pride at an all-time high from the successful party Mathilde does not want to admit she made a mistake, and thinks of a way to solve her problems while keeping her pride intact. Insisting she will replace the necklace, Mathilde and her husband borrowed enough money to pay for an identical necklace from a local jeweler, landing themselves in a large amount of debt. “Mrs. Loisel soon discovered the horrible life of the needy. She did her share, however, completely, heroically. That horrifying debt had to be paid. She would pay” (Maupassant, 12). The Loisel’s moved from their home and both worked to repay their loans, at many times struggling to continue in their financial situation. Mathilde learned what poverty and work was actually like, and changed dramatically. Her appearance declined rapidly, but to replace her good looks came a hardworking traits and a thankful personality. “Life is so peculiar, so uncertain. How little a thing it takes to destroy you or to save you!” (Maupassant, 12). Without the loss of the necklace Mathilde would have never learned that pride is not about who you appear to be, but who you actually are, transforming her pride into her greatest strength at the end of her life. In the end, our lives are dictated by the way we follow
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