Advocacy and Political Leadership
September 28, 2012
I do not see Machiavelli as the father of modern materialism, inspiring people to do or say anything to achieve personal gain. Yes his procedures may seem that way to some but in my opinion there is nothing wrong with inspiring people to get things accomplished. Being inspirational is not just for the gain of the person who is inspiring others it is for the gain of everyone.
Being the type of leader (person) who inspires others can be daunting and exhausting. It takes an unselfish, strong person to always see the good in others and find ways to help individuals or groups to dig deep know their potential and guide them toward a positive outcome. In my opinion being or acting like a dictator through force, punishment or other acts of violence when in a leadership position is easier than inspiring, motivating and encouraging others. Being a dictator is the way to go if you want to get things done for your own gain.
“The end justifies the means,’ in my opinion, means that the end of any situation justifies the means of how to get to the end result. It is not just specific to one scenario of inspiring others to achieve personal gain. It means, quite frankly, the opposite of that I think of it as the ends (getting to a conclusion) justifies the means (the ways of reaching the end, goal/goals or whatever end result one is seeking). The end can justify the means through manipulation, force, evil tactics, or by inspiring people to come together with love, encouragement and for the good of all involved. There are many ways to achieve the end result, some people are motivated by fear, and some people are motivated by fearlessness.
‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer’ does not imply to act out to your enemies but to keep them close and don’t throw fuel on the fire to give them more reasons to do harm against you. While in prison on Robin Island, Nelson Mandela studied his...