Essay on The Leadership Qualities Of Franklin And Gilgamesh

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Benjamin Franklin and Gilgamesh are two differing leaders with seemingly different leadership qualities. Franklin, known for his intelligence as an author, politician, and inventor, greatly contrasts Gilgamesh’s attributes as a ruling king of Uruk, and a fierce warrior in battle. Though they have their differences in leadership, they are similar in that their leadership still benefits the people. Franklin shows sacrifice while Gilgamesh shows pride, however, both are courageous and have a strong devotion to themselves which eventually changes to a devotion to the people.
Franklin makes sacrifices to better himself. In his autobiography, Franklin refers to a copy of a newspaper he obtained by saying, “I bought it, read it over and over, and was much delighted with it… With this view I took some of the papers… [and] try 'd to compleat the papers again, by expressing each hinted sentiment at length, and as fully as it had been expressed before…”(5). His method of improving his writing shows sacrifice; instead of spending his time playing as a boy he would force himself to go through writing exercises to improve. In his later years Franklin “took care not only to be in reality industrious and frugal, but to avoid all appearances to the contrary. [He] drest plainly; [he] was seen at no places of idle diversion. [He] never went out a fishing or shooting; a book, indeed, sometimes debauch 'd [him] from [his] work, but that was seldom, snug, and gave no scandal…”(14). Franklin…

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