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Ralph, Jack and Piggy all possess unique qualities. Are any of them ideal leaders? What important qualities do each of them possess (and lack) as regards leadership?

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Lord of the Flies Essay Ralph, Jack and Piggy all possess unique qualities. Are any of them ideal leaders? What important qualities do each of them possess (and lack) as regards leadership? Who is the natural leader in Lord of the Flies? This is the question that Golding is making us consider. There is no right or wrong answer, as all of the boys possess unique leadership qualities. This essay will explore what qualities of leadership Ralph, Piggy and Jack possess (and lack), and eventually come to a conclusion (if one can be found) as to which boy is the natural leader of the band of boys on the island. A leader is somebody who guides a group in whatever they do. They make policies, rules and, if necessary, decisions for the group that they lead, which the group should then follow. Ralph has a number of ideal leadership qualities. He is fair, maybe sometimes too fair, and believes in the idea of everyone having a chance to have their say ("'I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking...And he won't be interrupted. Except by me.'" [31]) However, the rule of freedom of speech is overturned by Jack ("Jack was the first to make himself heard. He had not got the conch and thus spoke against the rules, but nobody minded." ...read more.

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You talk. But you can't even build huts-then you go off hunting and let out the fire-" [21/22]) This is essential, because if you do not let others know your feelings, then they will not understand why you are acting the way you are, or your reasons for making decisions, and might think you are being unreasonable. He can make his speeches simple for the littluns to understand, yet powerful by using repetition and explanation ("He had learnt as a practical business that fundamental statements likes this had to be said at least twice, before everyone understood them...His mind was searching for simple words so that even the littluns would understand what the assembly was about." [84]) However, as events spiral out of his control, his speeches become less and less inspiring as he loses confidence in himself and his abilities, and eventually his followers desert him and he is left on his own, running for his life. Though Ralph is a natural leader ("There was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out...and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. The being that had blown that...was set apart" [19]), able to reassure and offer comfort ("The assembly was lifted towards safety by his words. They liked and now respected him." [36]), the values and goals that he presents as part of his leadership do not offer the security that the group needs when their morale is low as a result of fear of the beast. ...read more.

Conclusion

He hates you too, Ralph...He can't hurt you, but if you stand out of the way he'd hurt the next thing. And that's me." [100/101) However, his pessimism ("They're all dead an' this is an island. Nobody don't know we're here. Your dad don't know, nobody don't know - We may stay here till we die." [9]), his complaining and his dislike of manual labour leads to the other boys regarding him as being no use to the group, so they shout him down whenever he tries to speak ("His voice lifted into the whine of virtuous recrimination. The others stirred and began to shout him down." [43]) If Piggy and Ralph had worked together right at the beginning, with Ralph listening to Piggy's ideas instead of regarding him as an irritation ("Piggy was a bore; his fat, his ass-mar and his matter-of-fact ideas were dull: but there was always a little pleasure to be got out of pulling his leg, even if one did it by accident." [68]), then Piggy's intelligence and Ralph's popularity and dedication to work would have combined to make an excellent joint leadership which most of the group would have accepted. Jack - Popularity -Offers fun and excitement -Debating -Offers immediate solutions to problems -The obvious leader -Puts himself forward -Fascism/Anarchy -Arrogant -Violent/Volatile temper -Cannot submit to another's orders/egotistical -Unwilling to apologise for a mistake/accept he isn't suitable for leadership -Loner/obsessive ...read more.

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