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Navid Foruzan Nov 28, 2009 Leadership at Its Best While observing an age marked by war-waging popes and floundering military alliances, it can be seen that the sixteenth century lacked a competent ruler. Even the very powerful and wealthy Italian city-states were constantly at the brink of capture by foreign powers. In this tumultuous time, an Italian political theorist named Nicollo Machiavelli attempted to explore the foundations of successful rulership. In his novel, The Prince , Machiavelli proposes political ideas that maximize the benefits of the state, often at the expense of morals and ethics. He is strongly against the idea of acquiring power through inheritance, family lines, or lucky circumstances, which he terms as “fortune” [1]. Instead, he believes a good ruler is one that acquires his territory through prowess; capturing states using his own skill and abilities will earn him more respect and makes holding his rule much easier[2]. Along with fortune, Machiavelli also battles the idea of virtue. Many of the past rulers were busy focusing their attention on their image as a ruler, making sure to come across as generous to have the citizens hold him in good faith. Yet Machiavelli still belittles the importance of virtuosity. He emphasizes the importance of doing what is most beneficial to the state - even if that means doing something that is immoral or not virtuous. This type of strength and bravery in willingness to do what is best for the state (even if that means being a ruthless and immoral ruler at times) is what Machiavelli coins as “virtu” [1]. Within the text of The Price , Machiavelli discredits the ruler who earns his power by fortune and recommends putting virtuosity aside in order to do what is best for the nation at any cost.
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Nicolli Machiavelli’s explanation on how principalities - or states - are acquired gives us a very clear idea as to his opinions regarding “fortune.” Machiavelli believes
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