Great leaders are brave and courageous. In the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus is the leader of an army of men coming home from the Trojan War.
Odysseus is a bad leader because he is careless. He also has a bad sense of direction and is easily distracted.
Odysseus is careless.In their journey home, a bunch of Odysseus’s men are sacrificed due to his carelessness. For example, the Cyclops kills a bunch of men when he eats them. More men are lost when the Cyclops throws boulders at the ships. If it wasn’t for Odysseus’s carelessness, these men could have made it home alive.
Odysseus also has a bad sense of direction. Odysseus keeps getting his men off course. He takes them way out of the way and keeps taking routes that lead them further from home. It takes Odysseus and his men 10 years to get home when it should have only taken about two weeks.
Finally, Odysseus is easily distracted. Every time he and his men come to an island, Odysseus makes them stop and explore the island. Odysseus is distracted by every island and person they meet. Without having to stop and explore every island and talk with every person, they could have made it home in a fraction of the time.
In conclusion, Odysseus is not a person that should be in charge.Some people think he is a good leader. However, they are wrong because a good leader would not sacrifice his men and so much of their time. Leadership is more than getting the job done. It is getting the job done in a reasonable amount of time with the least amount of deaths.