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Schwarz 1 Rachel Schwarz ENG 112-NF Mr. O’Brien 28 April 2011 Leadership Economist John Kenneth Galbraith stated, “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership” (“Leadership Quotes”). Mohandas Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr. have existed as leaders that embody Galbraith’s description. These momentous organizers have battled anxieties such as racial prejudice, apartheid, violence, and tyranny. A leader’s ability to confront people’s primary fear is essential for successful headship. However, contrasting Galbraith’s estimation, leadership can be characterized by several other factors. Although leaders do share the characteristic of challenging distresses, leaders also share several other distinguishable attributes. In The Book of the Dun Cow , by Walter Wangerin Jr., Chauntecleer the Rooster functions as ruler of the Coop. Chauntecleer depicts all leadership characteristics as typified by the Holden Leadership Center at the University of Oregon. Chauntecleer has natural imperfections, but still exemplifies himself as a quality leader. Chauntecleer is a first-rate orator, resourceful, and a delegator. In addition to other characteristics, leadership has a moral component. Cockatrice possesses attributes identical to Chauntecleer, as both roosters can be classified as leaders. The singular difference between Chauntecleer and Cockatrice is each rooster’s motivation for
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Schwarz 2 leadership. Tyrant Cockatrice desires destruction while Chauntecleer provides safety and stability. Dictatorship, akin to Cockatrice’s leadership, never remains an effective form of leadership for long durations. It is ultimately the fair, sensible leading of Chauntecleer that prevails. Chauntecleer is a good orator; one who advises as well as leads in his speech. Chauntecleer’s skill with language is presented most obviously in his oration at the council of Coop inhabitants. Chauntecleer desired to deliver two messages: the encouragement of faith and the acknowledgement of an enemy. Chauntecleer the Rooster has oratory skills akin to a
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