Describe the number of obstacles that a leader has to face to become a man in this hostile world.Describe the number of obstacles that a leader has to face to become a man in this hostile world.

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your question is a little confusing, but I assume you mean something more like what obstacles does a man face in order to become a leader in today's often hostile world. When I think of advice for being strong men and women in this world of adversity and trials, I think of Rudyard Kipling's advice to his son, written in poetry form. The poem is entitled "If," and I've included the link to an excellent eNotes summary and analysis. It talks about dealing with liars, gossip, anger, pride, loss, work, and perseverence, among other things.

Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the obstacles in the way of becoming a leader or a true "man" are the same today as they have ever been.  I think that the most difficult obstacle to overcome is your own mind.  In order to become truly excellent, we must overcome our fear of failure.  This fear makes us shy away from taking the chances that are needed to truly become excellent.  That fear is difficult to overcome because we do not want to end up looking foolish when we reach too far and fail.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
A leader's biggest obstacle is learning how to use people without taking advantage of them. A leader has to be charismatic, and get people to do what he or she wants them to do. However if a the person feels that everyone is beneath him or her, then people will consider the behavior snobbish. So you lose the approachable, everyman appeal.