Responsibility in Leadership Lord of the Flies is a dystopian novel by William Golding and published in 1951, shortly after the end of World War II. The novel follows the ventures of a group of British boys stranded on an island and seeks to address the root cause of the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. In Lord of the Flies, Ralph represents order and civilized society, while Jack represents Hitler and his fascist regime. Ralph’s shortfall lies in his myopic point of view, developed by his father’s influence. His lack of foresight in his leadership role results in the neglect of critical responsibilities, poor decision-making and a weak society, which then allows for the rise of Jack’s fascist regime.
Leadership takes notice, responsibility, self-development, and experience. Thoughts pop up when one thinks of a leader, perhaps a captain of a team, the president, maybe even the bigger brother. These people are mostly responsible and developed, they take notice into what is happening in any situation, but the experience is where a leader and a follower have things in common in most situations. Lord of the Flies is a book where children are trapped on a deserted island and have to create their own small world. Jack is one of the chosen leaders in the book, he came with most of the children from the plane crash. They soon meet Ralph, who is another chosen leader throughout the book. So called “leaders” in the book are very important characters
Lord of the Flies: Qualities of a Good Leader Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, is set in the time of a war evaluation. A British plane crashes on or near an isolated island, which leaves only children to survive. An older boy named Ralph appears responsible for gathering all the survivors. The boys naturally follow him because he of his age, beauty, and temperament. Ralph has “a mildness about his mouth and eyes that claimed no devil” (Golding, 10). Thus, he is quickly elected "chief" by the boys. Without leadership skills, the boys may not have lasted on the island for the time that they did. Some of the skills shown by Ralph were initiative, engagement, and responsibility.
Humans are a sophisticated and advanced race, one which possess the ability to affect their environment, and one another, in significant and often destructive ways. War is a catastrophic event created by humans, who upon creating it neglect to comprehend its far-reaching effects. The novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, places a group of prepubescent males into one of these situations. After an evacuation aircraft crash-lands, the boys are left upon a deserted island to manage and fend for themselves. As Golding details the trials and tribulations of the young men on the island, it becomes increasingly apparent that the children respect authority and require an organized leadership. The failure to manifest such a system will result in a de-evolution into savagery.
Throughout the novel, the face paint that Jack and his crew used simultaneously masks their faces as well as their civility. The first mention of the facepaint is made when Jack is strategizing a way to sneak up on a pig and he decides to camouflage himself. Jack says that his “half-concealed face” is “for hunting. Like in the war” (63). The incomplete coverage of the paint indicates that Jack is not fully immersed into his savagery. However, his interest in aggressive acts, hunting and war, insinuates that he does have a tendency towards aggressiveness as well. Perhaps the most blatant reference to the fact that face paint induces savagery within the boys, specifically the hunters, is when Golding states that “the mask compelled them” (64)
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. -Henry Ford (Brainyquote) In the Novel Lord of the Flies the boys come together, keep together, but then begin to become completely unglued. The boys come together at the start of the Novel when an election is held. This is the first time all of the boys on the island meet. Ralph wins the election by a landslide against Jack. Although, Jack wants to be the leader of the boys because he is already the leader of the choirboys, however the boys don’t select him. This causes a divide on the island, but doesn’t cause any problems yet. This foreshadows what will happen later in chapters four and five when the boys start to become divided. In this essay, the
The Importance of Leadership Leadership is something that people values in the society. In a small group of people, the strongest person would seem ideal to be the leader, but that maybe not always the best choice. In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a bunch of British boys is stranded on an island and two boys by the name of Ralph and Jack are ideal contenders for the leader position. Although it looks like Jack is a better leader since he’s stronger, Ralph is better due to the fact that he understands the boys, he has better common sense, he tries to create a simple government to have order, and he has a better understanding of true human nature. As a result, intelligence and understanding could be more important than strength.
Leadership Essay In the book “Lord of the Flies” there are several leaders for the children to choose from. These leaders are Meridew(or Jack), Ralph and Piggy. If I were in the book I believe that I would be the best leader.
In the story, Jack was the one who took control of the boys when the beast was appearing throughout the boy’s minds. This is evidenced by Jack's words, “We ought to have rules and obey them, after all we are not savages”(Golding, 1954, p. 40). Jack announces this to the boys because he knows that in order to survive on the island, the rules are the only way to do so. His leadership roles were put to the test, and in that he takes control of everyone. It may not have been right away, but everyone soon understood that they were wrong to choose Ralph over Jack. “Ralph is like piggy. He says things like piggy. He isn't a proper chief.”(Golding, 1954, p. 80). Jack says this because he already knows that ralph is not the right leader to guide the boys. He has seen the beast up close before anyone else did but when ralph sees it, he does the opposite of what a brave leader should do, run. Good leaders
The theme of leadership is uncovered by the symbol of the conch. As the connection grows between the protagonist and the conch, outer forces break the bond in attempt to take the position as leader. Ralph along with other boys in Lord of the Flies by William Golding are trapped on an island due to the crash of their airplane. With no adults on the island to discipline the boys, one must step up and take on this role. The discovery of the conch encourages Ralph to become chief, Ralph has the ability to use the conch to enforce his rules, but the unfortunate shattering of the conch breaks Ralphs hold on to leadership.
Throughout the course of reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding, we learn about many important characters that have to make tough and difficult decisions in order to get rescued and stay alive. Ralph exemplifies the best qualities of leadership in this novel. He is persistent in wanting to be rescued, keeping a signal fire going, and making sure everyone is safe, as well as gaining respect and authority from the other boys. But what qualities make up a good leader?
What characteristics must one have to be considered a good leader? This question is frequently asked especially when electing a leader. A leader must be a good-natured person who is also intelligent, responsible and trustworthy, but if a leader lacks some of those qualities, then the society will also lack those qualities. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the boys choose Ralph and then Jack to be their respective leaders. Their ideas that they have about how to survive and the things they value turn and become what the group values. Leaders are the individuals who have the most influence on the group they conduct. According to Golding, ¨The theme is an attempt to trace the defects in society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the identical nature of the individual and not on any political system.¨ The morals of a society is not depended on all individuals, but only the highly ranked individuals in the group.
What is it that makes an effective leader be able to run a group smoothly? In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies Leadership is the main importance because in the book Jack proves that he is a better leader compared to Ralph by being effective, In the book, Jack is
In the coming of age novel Lord of The Flies, by William Golding, a group of boys fleeing World War Two crash land on a deserted island and struggle to create an orderly society.There is a power struggle on the island between Jack and Ralph, the two boys chosen as the most obvious leaders of the bunch. Both of their ideals juxtaposed the other yet somehow each of them managed to gain influence in turn. Each boy was characterized by what he did on the island, and whatever way he could discredit the other. As the tribe devolved into more savage intents power switched hands.The two major powers on the island are sustained by Ralph’s thoughtful eloquence and compassion as well as Jack’s officious oppression.
“The clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself.”