What are four leadership qualities that Atticus Finch possesses? What are quotes that prove these leadership qualities in To Kill a Mockingbird? I am comparing Margaret Thatcher to Atticus Finch in accordance to their leadership qualities.

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Atticus Finch's character, in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, serves as the moral compass. Both his children, Scout and Jem , and the community look to Atticus during challenges which speak to moral dilemmas and conflict. Many of his quotes can be identified as ones which...

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Atticus Finch's character, in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, serves as the moral compass. Both his children, Scout and Jem, and the community look to Atticus during challenges which speak to moral dilemmas and conflict. Many of his quotes can be identified as ones which both speak to his leadership and morality.

One quote which speaks to his role as a leader is as follows:

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

Here, Atticus is speaking on the importance of being an individual, even when it seems that everyone is against you. This quote allows readers to understand a very important aspect of the role of a leader: it may not always be the best to follow the majority. In some circumstances, the majority is wrong, and it is the individual who makes it right.

Another quote which illustrates Atticus's leadership is found in the following:

You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change.

Here, Atticus is stating the importance of one keeping calm. Atticus knows that people will challenge those who do not conform to "majority rule." Under these circumstances, one must be able to remain calm and not take things to a physical level. Instead, Atticus offers advice regarding using one's words to win the battle. Good leaders know that violence does not always solve problems.

Leaders understand the importance of courage.

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.

For Atticus, he does not want his children to think that a gun is the means to an end in every problem which arises. Real courage, the characteristic of a true leader, is understanding that you may not always win. Yet, even with this knowledge, one must take on the challenge.

Finally, Atticus's (probably) most notable line identifies the importance of understanding another person's point-of-view:

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

This line speaks to Atticus's understanding of tolerance and perspective. As a leader, it is important to understand why others make the decisions in their lives that they do. One must know far more about another person than simply the action itself to truly define who someone really is.

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Some of Atticus' leadership traits may not coincide with Margaret Thatcher's, but...

HE LOVES HIS FELLOW MAN.  Atticus is color blind when it comes to the races, and as Maudie says,

"Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets." 

GOOD PARENT.  He is a single parent, but he teaches his children right from wrong, particularly by his own personal example. He gives Jem and Scout enough independence for them to make many of their own decisions, and his warnings usually serve to stop them going too far in their games and excursions. We know the children respect Atticus as adults, because on the first page of the novel Scout tells the reader that she and Jem still go to Atticus when they need the right answer to a problem. 

We were far too old to settle an argument with a fistfight, so we consulted Atticus.

HONEST & TRUSTWORTHY.  He is constantly reelected unopposed as Maycomb's representative to the Alabama legislature--a testimony to the man with whom many people may disagree but nearly all respect. He keeps his promises and puts his responsibilities over his personal matters, sometimes to the detriment of his family. According to Miss Maudie,

"We're so rarely called on to be Christians, but when we are, we've got men like Atticus to go for us."

INTELLIGENCE. Atticus may well be the most intelligent man in Maycomb, in spite of having educated himself without the benefit of going to school. He is a capable lawyer, well-read, and adept at understanding what goes on in the mind of others. Miss Maudie claims that

"... he can make somebody's will so airtight can't anybody meddle with it."
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