What are the similarities between Ralph and Jack's style of leadership in Lord of the Flies by William Golding?

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Both Ralph and Jack choose to lead by example, and they both aggressively stand up to challenges in front of their group members in order to elevate their status as leaders. Also, Ralph and Jack both demand a lot from the members of their tribes. Ralph insists on maintaining a signal fire, building shelters, collecting water, and following the rules. Jack also insists that his tribe hunt pigs and follow his directives without questioning him. Both boys get upset when their members do not follow their instructions. Ralph and Jack also share a misunderstanding of how to lead a group of young boys properly. Ralph does not make individuals accountable for their actions. Jack uses fear to control his tribe. Although Ralph and Jack have drastically different agendas, they both wish to be respected leaders and have high expectations for the members of their tribes.

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