Fear or Love?
(Is it better to be feared or loved? Machiavelli’s “The Prince”)
In the book “The Prince”, by Machiavelli, he explains many different types of leadership. People can view leadership in many different ways. Some believe that what happens, and what you decide is based upon fate. Other view that it is planned out and can be changed based on actions you decide to take. “At this point one may note that men must be either pampered or annihilated.” (Machiavelli) In this statement Machiavelli is stating that he believes that men are being pampered too much and need to be treated more harshly. Psalms 34:9: "O fear the LORD, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him."(David) Many different books, and people have different views on the subject. In Machiavelli’s book “The Prince”-he explains what he believes it takes to become a successful leader or parent using phrase “Is it better to be feared or loved?”
In Machiavelli’s book “The Prince” he reviews what traits it takes to become a successful leader. People can be viewed as a leader in many different situations. There are people that are leaders as a coach, a parent, a boss, a teacher, etc. To become a leader it takes certain traits. As said by Tanya Prive, “As the leader, by staying calm and confident, you will help keep the team feeling the same.” Machiavelli was very favorable towards being feared by the people you were leading. “Machiavelli's insistence on the practicality of his political advice is most evident in his consideration of the personality, character, and conduct of the successful ruler.” (Kemmerling) The character needs to portray a sense of stability and control. “No matter what idealistic notions are adopted as principles of private morality, he argued, there is no guarantee that other people will follow them, and that puts the honorable or virtuous individual at a distinct disadvantage in the real world.”(Machiavelli) Although these are good traits for a certain types of leaders, a parent takes different traits.
Machiavelli will continuously state that fear is the answer to every situation in leadership, in his book “The Prince”, although being a parent doesn’t take fear to become a successful parent. To be a parent you need to have a balance of love and fear. Fear would be known today as discipline. For example, if you were to ground your child or give them a spanking for acting or breaking rules,, it would be acceptable. However, you need to give them love, affection, and praise when they do well. “Research has shown that the one thing a person can do to be a better parent is to focus on developing him or herself. This is where a person has to start in order to be a nurturing, attuned mother or father.” (Firestone) Although, this is not what Machiavelli teaches, many research from today shows that you can’t have just fear in a parent-child relationship, but there has to be a balance of the two. However, Machiavelli makes a excellent...