Effective Leadership in Lord of the Flies

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Ineffective Leadership in Lord of the Flies In every society, the basic physical and social needs are required in order to survive. This is evident in Lord of the Flies by William Golding as the boys are stranded alone on the island. A person of higher authority must display a sense of leadership in order to reach these requirements. They must show courage, determination, and care for their people. Ineffective leadership, in which the right balance of physical, social, and moral aspects are taken into poor perspective, is developed through the irresponsible actions of Ralph, the corrupted view of Jack, and the weakness of Piggy. The irresponsible actions of Ralph contribute to the development of ineffective leadership, that contains the physical, social, and moral aspects. Ralph shows that he is irresponsible when he fails to enforce his rules among the tribe, this is evident when the boys do not help out in building the shelters and forget to keep the fire going. As Ralph becomes chief, he relies much more on the knowledge of Piggy to generate ideas to maintain a controlled society. “We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us-” (Golding 12), is an example of Ralph taking Piggy’s idea of the conch that would later be essential to Ralph’s leadership. This proves negative leadership because Ralph needs to rely on Piggy for decisions, which shows that Ralph does not have total control over his leadership role. Also, even though Ralph’s intentions of getting rescued are good, he does not have total control of the boys. Evidence of this is when Ralph cannot settle the boys after suggesting a fire be made and the boys start to get excited “A fire! Make a fire!”(37) and “Come on! Follow me!”(37). In conclusion, Ralph’s irresponsibility portrays the negative leadership in the Lord of the Flies that would result into the movement

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