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Unformatted text preview: Comparisons of Lao Tzu and Machiavelli 1 Leadership Comparisons of Lao Tzu and Machiavelli: Comparison on Peace and War Leadership is a trait that is not easily defined. Generally a leader is a person who takes the initiative to guide and inspire others to do a task or goal. Lao Tzu and Machiavelli had the same question on what a leader is and had different ideals when it comes to leadership during peace and war. Although they disagree with each other on how to achieve successful leadership should be, their ideas have been used throughout history by world leaders to everyday people. Lao Tzu (around 500 BC) was a philosopher in ancient China, and was the central figure in Taoism. One of his most famous works, “ Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching “ , which taught how Lao Tzu’s believed what a leader is and how a leader should lead his people in peace and war. Lao Tzu taught that individual rights should be above the rights of the state (p.20). Lao Tzu believed that an individual should have freedom in the state, and that leaders should not control...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 104 taught by Professor Reimerbecker during the Spring '08 term at Concordia WI.
- Spring '08
- The Prince, Machiavelli