Odysseus Lack Of Leadership In Homer's The Odyssey

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The Odyssey is a book originally written by Homer, an ancient Greek philosopher. Here it has been translated by Robert Fitzgerald. This book is often described as Odysseus and his heroic leadership as he makes his way home to Ithaka. However, this common misconception does not show how Odysseus’ failed leadership negatively impacts many of his friends and family. Odysseus’ lack of leadership during his journey causes the death of his crew, as well as bringing sorrow to his loved ones. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is an ineffective leader because he exhibits cowardice, irresponsibility, and stubbornness. Odysseus displays cowardice as he flees the island of the Laistrygonês, leaving many of his men to fend for themselves; this shows he is not…show more content…
In the process of Odysseus’ men being in the midst of Skylla, Kharybdis, and the island of Hêlios’ his whole crew will be lost because of his hardheadedness and ineffective leadership. When they come across Skylla, Odysseus prepares to fight because “Kirkê’s bidding against arms had slipped [his] mind” (Homer 12.292). Kirkê’s warning did not actually slip his mind, but it is Odysseus’ belief that he can handle everything. Rather than take the advice from a goddess, Odysseus does what he wants to do. He continues to disobey her and “[ties] on [his] cuirass and [takes] up two heavy spears” in order to fight the oncoming beast (12.293). Odysseus followed his own warlike, barbaric nature and prepared to fight instead of doing as Kirkê instructed. Like the obstinate man that he is, Odysseus purposely goes against the ideas of someone else because he wants to do things his way. This caused him to put his men at risk since he was not aware of everything that was going on. Odysseus’ men are “half dead with weariness, falling asleep over the oars,” and he tells them, “‘No landing”’ despite their exhaustion (12.293). Odysseus’ stubborn nature to continue going, moving, and to never rest tires out his men and thus causes them to question their captain. The crew feels that Odysseus is pushing too hard, which causes them to lose trust in him and disobey his warnings; these actions eventually lead to their demise. Ultimately Odysseus’ hard pressing contumacious nature is what causes the deaths of his remaining

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