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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding
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Leardership qualities of Jack and Ralph in Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Ralph is the first to be suggested for Chief, since he was the biggest and most known boy on the island. Ralph had a lot of qualities that made him fit to be chief and kept him as chief. He looked after others to make sure they were alright. He had the conch shell which he could use to call all the boys together so they could talk about problems or just have fun. Jack was also a choice to be chief but not at first, but later in the book he took over and everyone started listening to him instead of Ralph. The choir boys voted for Jack because they thought it would be an easy thing to do, but didn't really like Jack'

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Ralph and Jack both offer very different qualities and styles of leadership.

When Ralph first summons the boys with the conch shell, he becomes the obvious choice for chief of their fledgling tribe.  Ralph had a "stillness" that "marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most...

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Ralph and Jack both offer very different qualities and styles of leadership.

When Ralph first summons the boys with the conch shell, he becomes the obvious choice for chief of their fledgling tribe.  Ralph had a "stillness" that "marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely; yet most powerfully, there was the conch" (22).  Ralph has the "directness of genuine leadership" and attempts to be fair to all the boys and look after the littluns (25).  Ralph instills rules and order on the island, but struggles with maintaining the discipline to enforce the rules. 

Jack, on the other hand, is "the most obvious leader," since he already has experience leading the choir boys from his experience as "chapter chorister" and "head boy" (22).  The choir boys vote for Jack out of obligation, but do not seem very enthusiastic; their response indicates that his style of leadership was less than favorable.  As the novel progresses, Jack gains power as the new leader of the hunters.  They respect him for his stregth, lack of fear and ability to kill.  His leadership style is based on intimidation and fear, using terror to command and dominate the younger boys, like Sam and Eric. 

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