Analyze the character of Odysseus from The Odyssey and determine if he is a good or bad leader.
I'm the best.
What is wrong with you?
Oh, look! An island!
Maybe we shouldn't have come here.
The Odyssey is about Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, leading his crew on the journey back home after the Trojan War.
Hey, Cyclops! I, Odysseus, blinded you! I'm the best!
Odysseus wasn't a good leader to his crew. He lacked all of the traits that make a good leader. Odysseus was arrogant, over-curious, and greedy.
Ha, look at all of this money! What?
Odysseus showed bad leadership when he let curiosity get the best of him. Odysseus wanted to explore the island that the cyclops lived on, even though he knew that it was very dangerous to do so. This resulted in some of his men being killed.
Hey, we all make mistakes.
Odysseus showed his arrogance after he blinded the cyclops. Instead of leaving when he had the chance, he had to let the cyclops know that he blinded him. Which, resulted in more death of his crewmen.
An example of Odysseus being greedy is when he took his crew to Ismarus. While they were there, Odysseus and his crewmen robbed and killed the people who were on the island. They decided to stay on the island to celebrate, but the Cicones attacked and murdered seventy-two of Odysseus' men. If Odysseus wouldn't have gone on the island and stole anything, he wouldn't have lost any of his men.
In conclusion, Odysseus was not a good leader because of these flaws. He let his curiosity, arrogance, and greediness keep him from being a good leader. Odysseus's poor decisions made him a bad leader.