Machiavelli’s “The Prince”: Analysis on Leadership and Governance

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Machiavelli’s “The Prince”:  Analysis on Leadership and Governance


Main Concept  
What abilities must a leader have to be successful?





1.      Virtuous

2.      Shrewd

3.      Have foresight

4.      Ingenious

5.      Cruel but efficient

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 “The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

Nicollo Machiavelli, The Prince

What should a leader do to ensure that citizens follow their leadership?






1.Bring peace and obedience

2. Know the inner essence of the people

3.Punishing offenders


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 “Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.” Machiavelli.


What observation about human nature should a leader consider when leading?







Fickleness, greed, fear, and the law of self-interest
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“..because men are wretched creatures who would not keep their word to you, you need keep your word to them.”

Machiavelli advices the Prince.

How does one become a Prince?









    By becoming stingy rather than generous, cruel rather than merciful, not keeping promises against ones’ will, undertaking great projects and listening not to sooth advisory but wise advisers.



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“There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you.”


How does a Prince safeguard his position?









 By ensuring that the citizens fear him. He should also undertake good projects to enhance his reputation.
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“Better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.” Machiavelli.