Machiavelli: Chapter 18 How Far Rulers Are To Keep Their Word

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Machiavelli justified dishonesty, if the ends meant winning. “So you see a wise ruler cannot, and should not, keep his word when doing so is to his disadvantage, and when the reasons that led him to promise to do so no longer apply.” (54). I compared Machiavelli with Dafts Exhibit 6.1 (219): Exhibit 6...
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I compared Machiavelli with Dafts Exhibit 6.1 (219): Exhibit 6.1 Comparing Unethical versus Ethical Leadership The Unethical Leader O (Machiavelli) The Ethical Leader Is arrogant and self-serving Possesses humility Excessively promotes self interest Maintains concern for the greater good Practices deception Is honest and straightforward Breaches agreements Fulfills commitments Deals unfairly Strives for fairness Shifts blame to others Takes responsibility Diminishes others’ dignity Shows respect for each individual Neglects follower development Encourages and develops others Withholds help and support Serves others Lacks courage to confront unjust acts Shows courage to stand up for what is right Machiavelli encouraged and practiced deception, “You will find people are so simple-minded and so preoccupied with their immediate concerns, that if you set out to deceive them, you will always find plenty of them who will let themselves be deceived” ( 54)...
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