Leadership in MacBeth
We see examples of good and bad leadership every day. We each have our own ideas of what good leadership involves. We know that a good leader is brave and skillful. They work hard, respects others, obeys orders, set a good example for others to follow, and above everything else is loyal. Macbeth started out as a good leader, but because of greed, he became disloyal, paranoid, and unstable. These things made him a poor leader.
As early as Act One scene II we see that Macbeth is a good leader. A Captain returning from battle tells King Duncan of Macbeth's bravery. He tells how Macbeth led an assault on the "merciless MacDonwald." This kind of bravery shows how good of a leader Macbeth was at the beginning of the play. The greed at the beginning of Macbeth's downfall was planted by the three weird sisters. They hail Macbeth as the Thane of Glamis, his current title. They then go onto call him the Thane of Cawdor, and then finally king. Macbeth's curiosity kicks in, and he tries to find out how he will become king.
Macbeth then starts to show his lack of loyalty. When the king names Malcolm as his heir, Macbeth sees this as an obstacle. He has resolved himself not only to kill the king, but to also remove Malcolm. The king is Macbeth's cousin, and has recently given him much honor. Macbeth should be protecting the king with his own life, but despite all these things, he kills the king.
MacBeth then becomes self-centered. He refuses to take any more reports. The weird sisters have told him that he will not die until Birnham Wood comes to his castle, and that a man not born of a woman is the only one who can kill him. Macbeth cannot imagine these things coming true. He thinks of himself as invincible. When Macbeth sees Birnham Wood coming up to his castle and hears of the number of enemies, he still decides to fight to the death. He knows he is outnumbered, yet he is willing to not only die, but waste the lives of his soldiers....