Mao Zedong: The Man Who Shaped China

Essay by keroduoJunior High, 9th gradeA, September 2007

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Millions of leaders have existed in the world, though very few people can name those who have been an effective one. Effective leadership may be defined as someone who is able to repair damages done as well as implement new tactics to prevent it; a leader who is able to rally his followers and gain full support behind everything he does; and one who is capable of bringing their group into the world as a power. Although people may be unable to identify those leaders, it certainly does not mean that they did not exist. A fine example of such effective leadership is an individual by the name of Mao Zedong, also known as Mao Tse-Tung. Mao Zedong is China's most effective leader. Mao brought China out of their struggles and pushed them into a world power by improving their social conditions, boosting their economical status, as well as repairing and restoring their political standing in the world.

Zedong advanced social conditions by improving their education, enhancing health and living conditions, as well as increasing women's rights. China's economy became more stable with Zedong's Five Year Plan, industrialization, and distribution of wealth throughout the country. Mao's biggest role was in politics, where he used propaganda to gain support of his followers, adjusted domestic affairs in addition to fixing foreign affairs, and created an advantageous military. Had it not been for Mao's strong stand, China would have collapsed and been decimated before their very own eyes.

Mao began his effective leadership in China by restructuring and implementing new aspects to the educational system that barely existed. Mao was determined to fix this growing situation in China. "Our educational policy must enable everyone who receives an education to develop morally, intellectually and physically and become a worker with both socialist consciousness...