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The Prince written by Machiavelli in 1513, conveys information on events of that era, however, its contents can still be utilized today. At first glimpse, The Prince appears to relate to the world of politics. Yet, after careful examination, I realized that the principles that Machiavelli discusses could be applied to nearly anything. Motivation is a key component to a healthy work environment, especially when on board ship. While sailing aboard the USNS WALTER S. DIEHL, I witnessed the use, misuse, and the results of not using Machiavelli’s methods. Machiavelli’s leadership methods are used on ships today and, when applied aptly, can construct efficient results . In Chapter 17, Machiavelli discusses the question of whether it is better to be loved or feared. He states: “It will naturally be answered that it would be desirable to be both the one and the other; but as it is difficult to be both at the same time, it is much more safe to be feared than to be loved, when you have to choose between the two.” (Machiavelli 82) The chief mate USNS Walter S. Diehl was feared more than he was loved. However he may have thought this was not to his advantage. Due to the way that he instilled his fear into some of the personnel, they came to loath him instead of respect him. His manner in portraying his fear was through the use of cruelty towards others. While he followed Machiavelli’s leadership method of being feared, he did not adhere to Machiavelli’s principles of “using cruelty properly”. For example, the chief mate did not like dealing with people. If a crewmember came to him with a work related problem, he would yell at the person and force blame and guilt towards the individual making this person feel inadequate. This is a clear case of not using cruelty properly. The chief mate is being 1
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pitiless just because he has the power to do so. I don’t believe that unkindness is always needed in order to obtain the desired outcome. I would have listened to the problem and, instead of automatically blaming the crewmember for it; we would address the problem at hand instead of trying to crucify the guilty party. Nothing is accomplished with this attitude. While onboard the USNS Walter S. Diehl, another incident not following
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