The Odyssey: Is Odysseus a Good or Bad Leader

The Odyssey: Is Odysseus a Good or Bad Leader

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  • Introduction
  • This is Odysseus. He is a hero of the Trojan War and king of Ithaca. After the Trojan War he got trapped on an island and went on a long journey to get back home.
  • Leadership Traits
  • Odysseus was a great leader. He was fearless when in the face of Polyphemus, the cyclops. He was clever and used his mind to win against the many monsters he faced. Lastly, Odysseus was kind and cared for his crew.
  • Example One: Polyphemus
  • When Odysseus fights Polyphemus he says "Nobody-that's my name". Polyphemus believes him and screams that nobody is attacking him. The other cyclops think that Polyphemus is fine and ignores it. This shows Odysseus's cleverness and bravery.
  • Nobody-that's my name.
  • Example Two: The Bow Contest
  • Odysseus shows his strength through the bow contest. Penelope tells her suitors, "I offer you the mighty bow of Prince Odysseus; and whoever with his hands shall lightliest bend the bow and shoot through all twelve axes, him I will follow". Odysseus was the only one able to do it. He proved his strength and that he was Penelope's husband.
  • I offer you the mighty bow of Prince Odysseus; and whoever with his hands shall lightliest bend the bow and shoot through all twelve axes, him I will follow
  • Example Three: Lotus Eaters
  • Odysseus and his men get stranded on the Island of Lotus Eaters. Two of his crewmen eat the lotus and become entranced. He ties them to the boat and takes them off the island. Odysseus could have left them, but he did everything to bring them back home.
  • Conclusion
  • Odysseus was a leader that was adventurous and cared for his crew. He was brave when facing adversaries and quick-witted. He was a brave and strong leader.
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