The Prince: Better to be Loved or Feared?

THE PRINCE by Niccolo Machiavelli

Be sure to have read the Prince by Machiavelli. He feels it is better to be feared rather than loved as a leader. Given Machiavelli’s ideas about human nature, discuss what you believe are the qualities of a successful leader.

2 responses

17 09 2014

I think it is more important that the people of a country care about the leader instead of fearing him. If you are fearful of your leader you will act well but eventually you will probably have enough and you will want to rebel. A country that is based off of fear will last only for a short term before the people will have had enough, however a leader that is trusted by the nations people will produce a very strong and united country. Therefore both fear and love will work but love will build a more united country.

18 09 2014

I believe that in order to be a successful leader you need to have a balance of what Machiavelli was referring to as strong and what he was referring to as weak. If a nation’s leader is too strong and dominant then the citizens will consider rebelling against them, but if the leader is too kind and loving then the people will take advantage of him or her. Therefore in order for success as a leader one must have equal levels of love and adoration from the citizens that they lead.

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