Julius Caesar - Qualities of a Good Leader

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Selecting a good leader for a country is like dominoes. The leader needs to be somebody that won't make the occasional mistake that would, in dominoes, hit one of the others and make them all fall down. If the leader does their job correctly, the country will be strong. A good leader must be able to make his own decisions because if he cannot, he will be considered a weak leader. A country's leader must be able to communicate with the people as well because if he gets the people of the country to listen, then his job would be much easier. Also, if the leader were noble to his countrymen, then there would not be any disputes within the country. In Julius Caesar, Mark Antony is a perfect example of a good leader. Not only is he a confident and noble person, he is also persuasive and that helps in becoming a good leader.

Antony would be a good leader of Rome because he is confident, noble, and persuasive. He never changes his mind when he makes a decision and that is good in a leader.

When the triumvirate was making a list of people to kill, Antony came across the name of his nephew. Even though it was his nephew that he was killing, Antony said, "He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him." (IV.i.9) Antony had to kill his nephew, who might oppose him, and he did not want to take the chance. Another part where Antony's confidence in decision-making was when he was talking to Octavius about Lepidus. The triumvirate was made up of three people, Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius, and so "The threefold world divided, he should stand / One of the three to share it? (IV.i.14-15) Antony meant that Lepidus...