English 9 Honors
May 20, 2014 Odysseus’ Leadership Skills
Some qualities of an effective leader must possess are confidence, communication, honesty, creativity, courage, and brilliance. One the main reasons why Odysseus was an ineffective leader was that as much as he tried to save his men he was unaware he was making bad decisions. Bad decisions come with severe consequences. Odysseus is an ineffective leader because he was full of curiosity, always got himself and men in trouble, and always wasted time.
Odysseus was ineffective leader because he was way too curious. Some examples of curiosity are shown in the Lotus Eaters, Cyclops, Circe, Aeolia, ...view middle of the document...
This is shown in the Cicones, Lotus Eaters, Cyclops, Circe, Thrinakia, and Calypso. Odysseus has already failed to lead his men in the right direction. For example, in the Cicones there was no reason to fight not knowing what you’re up against and after just winning a 10 year war. In the Lotus Eaters they almost stayed on the island because of a plant that was so addicting to keep on eating. In the Cyclops, he made a bad move by staying in the cave, expecting great hospitality and requesting a guest gift. His terrible decision got 6 of his men eaten alive by a one-eyed monster, but managed to escape with half the men he entered the cave with. In Circe and Calypso he once again made a bad decision on staying on the island to explore, which was trouble because they got seduced by each goddess/witch to stay with them for a very long time, wasting valuable time they could have wasted trying to get back home to Ithaca. Finally, in Thrinakia they knew they were forbidden to come close of the Sun Gods’ Cattle which Odysseus warned them about, but he fell asleep and gave his men the chance to give into temptation. If they had just avoided that island and had given into temptation they wouldn’t have been punished by Zeus the King of Gods who killed all of them by his bolts of lightning.
Despite the fact that Odysseus displayed effective leadership skills in his arrival back on Ithaca when he got his allies and make sure to take away all of the suitors’ weapons so they wouldn’t have any defense against him and his team, he...