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Every leader must possess certain essential characteristics and qualities that are imperative in order to be successful In The Qualities of the Prince Niccolo Machiavelli describes the traits and nature required in his opinion to be an efficient leader The essay is primarily directed to instruct a ruler or political figure but many of the ideas that Machiavelli presents in the essay can have relevance to those in leadership positions today Machiavelli explains that a prince must demonstrate discipline sometimes through cruel or unjust manners but at the same time also show mercy This may be important to a coach who must discipline his or her team in order to keep them focused but must also show enough mercy so that he or she is not hated According to Machiavelli a prince should be feared but never hated A prince must make himself feared in such a manner that he will avoid hatred In one of his most controversial statements A man who wishes to make a vocation of being good all the times will come to ruin among so many who are not good Machiavelli 45 Machiavelli explains how a prince will become ruined if he constantly strives to be generous and good This is especially important to politicians because if they keep trying to be the good guy and making empty promises then they will eventually ruin themselves Several of Machiavellis ideas can be applied to modern leaders and political figures today Machiavelli says For ordinary people are always deceived by appearances and by the outcome of a thing This can be applied to Bill Clinton because the president must deceive the people and appear tobe generous and true but in actuality be a great hypocrite and liar According to Machiavelli a prince is judged by his qualities and appearances and they bring him either blame or praise Before Bill Clintons affair with Monica Lewinski the Clintons appeared to
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