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HOW EFFECTIVE A LEADER DO YOU CONSIDER AENEAS TO BE?

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  • Submitted: 19/12/2005
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Tosin Abdullai

HOW EFFECTIVE A LEADER DO YOU CONSIDER AENEAS TO BE?

On meeting Aeneas for the first time, he appears to be in a very vulnerable situation as he is the middle of a storm. This is emphasized the phrase, "his limbs grew weak" as it puts forward the fact that Aeneas, despite his power and status is like every other normal human being. My first speculation on whether or not Aeneas is a good leader comes from the use of the word "I". In his first speech he says, "Why could I not have fallen to your right hand and breathed out my life on the plains of Troy". Here, although Aeneas is in suffering with all his men, he is selfishly regretting the option of dying a heroic death in the battle of Troy, as it would lead to him to be a figure of great history. This in my opinion does not qualify Aeneas as a good leader, as his actions can be perceived to be self- centred.

Contrary to my first perception of Aeneas, is his sense of dedication. Through this, a positive sign of leadership is presented to us

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