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From the very first page Niccolo Machiavellis book The Prince contains data that can be compared to the ideals of today The Prince describes the qualities one needs to be a strong efficient and successful ruler It discusses ways a leader can maintain his kingdom and how to gain control of new land I believe that the leadership qualities mentioned throughout this book are needed by all leaders no matter which time period they are in and in this paper I intend to show how the principles of yesterday are relevant today The first quality that I found in Machiavelli which I could compare to today is that Machiavelli was a well-rounded individual who had a talent outside of politics His ability to write helped bring both respect and awe President Clinton has the same kind of talent Clintons ability to play the saxophone probably did not win him any votes but it did help to make him likeable to the American people This is an important quality because it will help him retain power in the future Another parallel found in this book is that no leader should have any serious vices In Machiavellis time it was important for a person to be virtuous but no too virtuous His time was a time of kingdoms and empires so it was important for a person to appeal to the people to look proper and wholesome However if a person appears to virtuous his people will not have faith that he will do whatever it takes to protect the people who live in his kingdom from those trying to take it over This same quality is needed today for a person to be a good leader In our democratic society it is so very important for a political leader to appeal to the people If a person does not appear to be virtuous he will not receive votes because people will not feel comfortable with
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