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A Leader for a New Generation In Websters dictionary a leader is defined as a person that has commanding authority or influence over others Such a leader can be found in The Aeneid written by Virgil The main character in the epic Aeneas shows the journey of a leader through struggles and trials One can see the true definition of leadership through Aeneass strategy bravery and persistence During the Fall of Troy Aeneas shows strategic leadership while pushing through the Greek lines As the Trojan warriors defeat a surprised Greek crowd Coroebus suggests that the men wear their trophies Aeneas agrees and has his men wear the Greek insignia as a shield when breaking through enemy lines Having success Aeneas states Many a combat hand to hand we fought in the black of night and many a Greek we sent to Orcus the underworld II526-28 Fighting on as the soldiers around him die Aeneas climbs onto a high roof and with crowbars where the flooring made loose jointspried it from its bed and pushed it over allowing Aeneas to enter the building II606-07 His strategy allowed him to continue leading his people in the fights Aeneass bravery points to another strong characteristic of leadership To be considered brave one must have enough courage to face death at any time In order to prove he is no longer afraid of his death Aeneas says So fury drove me and it came to me that meeting death was beautiful in arms II425-26 His fear leaves him so quickly that he sees death as beautiful and honorable This newfound bravery is proven by this proclamation Here I swear thatI did not avoid one weapon one exchange with the Danaans and if it had been fated my own hand had earned my death II568-72 Here Aeneas puts forth his life to take any chance needed to fight bravely With Aeneass strategic mind and bravery his drive remains persistent
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