Leadership and the Civic Ideal PBL
By: Gwen Litwak
What is effective leadership?
How do the characters in Lord of the Flies show effective leardership?
In the beginning, Ralph was voted as leader by the boys. He seemed to have qualities that would make him a good leader. He is decently intelligent and shows common sense. He is a natural diplomat and leader. He thought of the meeting place, fire and the huts. His idea of democracy and letting everyone have a say showed a very good way to keep the boy engaged and approve of his ideas. With these qualities, he should have been a great leader, if not for the temptations of savagery.
"I'm chief. We've got to make certain..." (pg. 108)-
Ralph used his power to have the boys follow his directions, because they needed to be done. But as an effective leader, he did not misuse his power, that helped to ensure that the boys liked him, at least until Jack took control. Misuse of power is a sure way to a riot or uprising.
Jack was also an effective leader, even though he was evil and corrupt. Jack appealed to the boys. He knew that they would all rather hunt than do jobs and work to be rescued. He used this to his advantage when trying to get the boys to join his tribe and leave Ralph. Jack also had experience in being a leader, unlike Ralph. He had been the head choir boy and knew how to control people. Jack knew how to get the boys to what he wanted by having punishments, his power and experience. Even though he didn't use his power for good, they way he executed it was very effective. Within days he had all the boys on the island, besides Ralph, under his complete control. No one dared to disobey him.
"I gave you food," said Jack, "and my hunters will protect you from the beast. Who will join my tribe?" (pg. 83 in online book)-
Jack rules the boys by intimidation. he know that they would all rather hunt, have food and play than be rescued with Ralph. He is assertive and speaks in a manner no one would want to question. The boys are all too afraid to do anything, just how Jack wanted it.
Historical Event: Hitler
Current Event: ISIS
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