The power of Leadership
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” These words, spoken by Rosalynn Carter, perfectly portray the essence of leadership and what it entitles. She fought through out her whole life for mental illnesses to gain the respect and attention that they deserved. The topic of mental illnesses usually makes people uncomfortable, but Rosalynn brought people out of their comfort zone in order to tell their story. Similarly to Rosalynn, the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, tells the story of an ordinary mental hospital patient, Randall McMurphy, who, through great leadership and persuasion, gives the patients the support to stand up to Nurse Ratched, who was the most feared doctor by all of the patients. Because of McMurphy’s strong leadership, the patients have the courage and support to fight for their freedom and individuality that Nurse Ratched took away from them.
When McMurphy walks into the hospital day room, he clearly displays individuality because while everyone is standing in the corners, he makes sure to go up to everyone and introduce himself. “Hello buddy, what do they call you? My name’s McMurphy…”(18). His joyfulness and cheer gives a new hope for the patients, allowing them to begin to have a trusting relationship with McMurphy. When McMurphy first comes to the asylum, no one ever has fun or is social with one another; there is no happiness in the hospital. “They tell jokes to each other and snicker in their fists(nobody ever dares let loose a laugh)”(19). They are afraid to let loose and have a little fun because they do not want to be punished by the Big Nurse. However, with McMurphy’s guidance and support, the patients soon have the courage to stand up for themselves.
You see McMurphy’s relationship slowly give the patients the confidence to speak up and voice their...