The Prince : A Successful Leader Essay

847 Words Nov 21st, 2014 4 Pages
Over 500 years ago, a Florentine diplomat by the name of Niccolo Machiavelli was thrown out of his perfect job, and tossed into exile by the powerful Medici family. Even though this was a very gloomy period for Machiavelli, it didn’t stop him from writing one of the most powerful political books during the Renaissance called “The Prince.” This short story was dedicated to a member of the Medici family in Florence on how to be a good ruler, and was “directed at the Medicis to encourage them to save Italy from the predatory incursions of France and Spain” (Musa, 219). “The Prince” explains how a ruler should control their state by using dishonorable acts. According to Machiavelli, there are several qualities a prince should have in order to be a successful leader. The traits that determine whether the prince will be a successful leader are accepting that he is feared more than loved, being able to imitate both the fox and the lion, and acting immorally to reach your end goals.
The first quality that determines whether the prince will be a great leader is accepting that he is more feared than he is loved. According to Machiavelli, “men are less hesitant about harming someone who makes himself loved than one who makes himself feared because love is held together by a chain of obligation which, since men are a sorry lot, is broken on every occasion in which their own self-interest is concerned; but fear is held together by a dread of punishment which will never abandon you,”…

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