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Nicolo Machiavelli and the Roman Catholic Church hold varying beliefs on what it is to be a leaded in our community The most pronounced difference between the two theories for leadership is that the Churchs central idea of a leader is what a leader does is what a leader is This is contradictory to Machiavellian principle which suggests that a leader must learn to deceive lie and even act against ones own morality to achieve greatness His central idea is that a leader who is not wicked should practice wickedness to rule effectively This comparison is the core difference between the ideas of the Catholic Church and Nicolo Machiavellis theories Nicolo Machiavelli lived in Florence Italy At the time which he lived the country was in political upheaval and Italy was not united but was rather a collection of city-states Machiavelli became an important diplomat and was involved in much of political life within Florence However when the Medici family came into power he was tortured and made to exile While in exile he devoted himself to writing history political philosophy and plays Once the centre of all political discussion Machiavelli was now on the outer and tried everything he could to return to Florence The Medici family refused him In Machiavellis time political power was often gained by violence and the loss of power often involved the leading political figure losing liberty or even life To hold onto power one required a willingness to be brutal But the mistake Machiavelli made was to spell out what the politicians of his day already knew and that was that power was about pure survival and nothing else Machiavelli studied powerful figures throughout history By doing this he gained insight into what they did to attained power and was able to apply what he thought to be the principle theories of leadership into his own timeframe and context The Prince is the most recognized of his
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