The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Odysseus, in Homer’s The Odyssey, displays both strong and weak leadership skills in certain situations. Odysseus remains protective and caring however isn’t extremely trusting or open to his crew. He doesn’t inform his team about what the prophet stated, and what was in the bag from the Wind King. When the crew was on the Island of the Sun God, Odysseus blatantly stated for them not to touch the livestock. Yet he stopped working to describe the effects. Because his actions show both strong and weak management, each even affected the method Odysseus would lead the crew.

Odysseus received a fortune from the Prophet, Teiresias. Teriresias informs Odysseus, “Prevent those kine, hang on to your intent, and difficult seafaring brings you all to Ithaca. But if you raid the beeves, I see damage for ship and team. Though you endure alone, bereft of all buddy, lost for many years, under weird sail will you come home, to discover your own home filled with difficulty …” (l. 630-636) indicating Odysseus knew that if the crew would touch the livestock, they would die. Odysseus didn’t tell the team anything he learned from the Prophet.

Being self-centered, he kept all of the details he got to himself. Odysseus reveals weak leadership qualities, because he’s putting his team in threat of death. The crew sails onto the Island and is informed not to touch the cattle, or they would have to pay a lot for it. Odysseus didn’t tell his crew just what would happen to them if they touched among the livestock. Thinking the consequences should not be extremely harmful, Eurylochus convinces the team to kill and feast on among the Sun God’s cattle. Yet, they did not know Lampetia was protecting the cattle, “They have actually eliminated your kine. (l. 921) she told her dad, Lord Helios. Lord Helios then prayed to Zeus to make Odysseus’s team pay for what they did. This makes Odysseus appear like a bad leader, he didn’t inform his crew about what Lord Helios would do to the team, leading to all the males passing away other than Odysseus. himself, how he was going to make it through and get house safe, and how they could possibly die, but he wouldn’t. Odysseus is running the risk of the life of his crew, making him a bad leader. Odysseus could have cautioned his team about the scenario and told them that they needed to skip the island instead of stopping.

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