Was Odysseus a good or bad leader ?
Generally I think Odysseus is a good leader because he saves his men more times than he lets them get killed, for example on the island with Polythemus. He thought of a cunning plan to get most of his men out of the cave they were trapped in. On the Cicones Island, even though he didn’t make much attempt to make his men leave and his lack of respect from his men was poor causing him to lose 36 men he still shared all the spoils out equally. Odysseus’s leadership was a lot better on Lotus-eater Island because he didn’t lose any of his men. Also his tactics were a lot better because he only sends three men to investigate the Island but when they ate the lotus flowers which put them into a forgetful trance, Odysseus actually went and physically forced them to leave. However when they came to the final island Odysseus and his 12 best men, which could be a bit risky taking them, found a cave full of sheep and milk and many more supplies, when they had enough to eat and drink, Odysseus’s men actually wanted to leave but Odysseus wanted to stay to see who the owner of this cave was, expecting they would show xenia. Unfortunately Polythemus the Cyclops didn’t, in fact he actually ate two of Odysseus’s men. However Odysseus quickly came up with a well thought plan to get out of there but when he did, he almost lost his ship because he shouted to the Cyclops,“ I’m Odysseus “ and as Polythemus heard this he through a massive boulder in there direction and it almost hit Odysseus’s ship Overall I think Odysseus is a good leader.
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