Role Models And Leadership In "Romeo And Juliet"

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There are various displays of leadership and role modeling in the Shakespearean play 'Romeo and Juliet'. When one hears the term leader, there may be some confusion around what qualities a leader may or may not possess. One should also avoid confusing a good leader with a good role model, because although a good role model may possess similar qualities, there are a few qualities that are required in order to be a strong leader. Two very good examples of the contrasts between a good leader and a good role model are the characters Friar Lawrence and the Prince of Verona, in Romeo and Juliet. The Friar may very well be a good role model, however many would likely hesitate to classify him as a good leader. Just the same, the Prince of Verona would be classified by many as a strong leader.

One may wonder exactly what it is that qualities a strong leader possesses. A strong leader is determined, and strong willed. They must be of good judgment, and without bias. They cannot easily be persuaded, and they are firm, yet at the same time, a good lead must also empathize with his subordinates, and have the best interest at heart for said subordinates, at all times. However, with that being said, a good leader cannot be afraid to discipline his subordinates when necessary. Unmistakably, being a leader is a very difficult feat – one which not everyone can accomplish. A leader must be an authority, a friend and a counsellor, all at once. They must be responsible, and always take into account the disadvantages of a situation. Not everyone is suitable to be a leader, whereas, just about anybody can be a good role model.

Just about anybody can be a good role model. One may ask what a good role model is, and how a good role model differs from a good leader. The difference is that even a young child can be a good role model. Simply put, a good role model is someone or something which exhibits admirable qualities. A child is a good role model of innocence and purity. A dog is a good role model of loyalty. A role model can be just about anyone that influences how another person behaves, reacts, or thinks, in a positive way. A courteous man, a complete stranger to another, holds open a door for a frail old woman. One may consider said man to be a good role model, simply due to his chivalrous deed. This proves that a person does not need much more than good...

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