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Leaders Among Us The death of a tyrannical emperor and the refusal of a teenager to sell chocolates are two very different story lines Yet the leaders in both stories use the same techniques and act similarly The followers also are also depicted in similar manners in the ways they respond to being led The leaders also used the same methods in gaining and maintaining their power through manipulation and fear In these two pieces of literature The Chocolate War and Julius Caesar the leaders and the followers are portrayed very much alike A leader is someone who is the head of a group To be effective leaders the must have certain qualities one of these qualities is a good public speaker Marc Antony is an excellent public speaker and is always able to convince his listeners of his point The people say after listening to his speech Methinks there is much reason in his sayings Shakespeare III ii 118 By being able to convince the general public of what he is saying and his point he is effectively leading them Another good trait of a leader is a quick thinker Antony is good at this also He uses his swift thinking to more easily convince the populace of Rome When speaking at Caesars funeral he thinks to bring up the will of Caesar by saying But heres a parchment with the seal of Caesar I found it in his closet Tis his willIII ii 140-141 Antony could not have possibly been to Caesars home to get the will before his speech but he briskly thinks of another way to convince the plebeians One more necessity to being a good leader is having underlings to help you Antony has one person that he treats as an underling but who is his political equal This is Lepidus who rules in the second Triumvirate with Antony and Octavius Antony sees Lepidus as a
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