Good Leadership Characteristics
What does it take to be a good leader for your men? In the book Beowulf by anonymous, Beowulf shows what it takes to be a good leader. Beowulf is a good leader because he is courageous, brave and has no fear at all.
Beowulf is considered a good leader because he is courageous. When Beowulf says “Better it is for each one of us that we should avenge his friend, then greatly mourn it” (anonymous line 1384-1385) it shows Beowulf’s courage. This shows that he rather fight and avenge his friends death than mourn and do nothing about it. This quote was put in to show the characteristics of Beowulf. Beowulf shows his courage when he says “A warrior will sooner die than live a life of shame”(lines 2890-2891). He is willing to do whatever to live a courageous life than to do nothing and die shameless. This quote shows that a warrior who is courageous won’t die in shame. You can clearly see Beowulf’s great courage when he says” often, for undaunted courage, fate spares the man it has not already marked” (lines 572-573). A mans life is saved by his courage. This shows that Beowulf had been saved by his great courage. This shows that Beowulf had been spared many times by his courageous actions. Beowulf’s courageousness shows the type of character he had.
Beowulf is never in a situation which he is scared because he is brave. Beowulf begins to show us his bravery when he says “Fate saves the living when they drive away death by themselves” (lines 573-574). Beowulf is very brave because his courage has saved him many times from dying. The quote shows that whatever is trying to kill him is actually scared of him. Beowulf is not intimidated but he is brave when he says “Grendel is no braver, no stronger than I am! I could kill him with my sword; I shall not, easy as it would be. This friend is a bold and famous fight, but his claws and teeth… beating at my sword blade, would be helpless. I will meet him with my hands empty—unless...