Themembers of the marginalized groups should be allowed to participatein leadership activities because they have been proven to conducttheir affairs diligently. President Barrack Obama, for example,carried out his responsibility as the president of America relativelyefficiently. In the same vein, Pharaoh Hatshepsut and Wu Zetian ruledtheir countries fairly well, in spite of their communities’assertions that women cannot hold positions of leadership (Lucia,2011 Mark, 2016). Thus, the marginalized groups of society should beallowed to participate in leadership activities because they haveshown an aptitude to carry out their affairs diligently, as discussedbelow.
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Thefollowing discussion reveals why the members of the marginalizedgroups should be allowed to engage in leadership activities, why theyshould not be judged according to their weaknesses, and why theiropen-mindedness helps them to make the best decisions.
Themembers of the marginalized groups have been proven to ruleeffectively despite the lack of approval from their fellow members ofsociety. For, example, President Obama contended that the localcommunities that live along the Mexican border should be consultedbefore erecting a fence along the U/S./Mexican border (ProCon.org,2017).In the same vein, Empress Wu Zetian displayed the typicalcharacteristics of men who are in positions of power (Mark, 2016).The majority of people (in ancient China) saw the empress as beingsimilar to the other male leaders. Such a perception was notcommonplace since the values of the Chinese community wereindifferent to the leadership of women. Additionally, PharaohHatshepsut was renowned for her ability to make industrious decisions(Lucia, 2011). Hatshepsut was the first Egyptian leader thus, herability to improve trade and direct projects like building the Templeof Deir el-Bahri were notable.
Consideringthe above viewpoints, the three leaders did an exceptional job ofleading their people, but their indecisiveness was relativelyevident. President Obama’s move of consulting the local massesbefore erecting the perimeter wall was aimed at reducing the influxof illegal immigrants into America. However, his inability to saywhether or not he would build a perimeter wall portrayed him as weak.On the other hand, Wu Zetian desired to accumulate power and ruleChina effectively during a time of diverse cultural and socialideologies (Mark, 2016). However, her decision to marry her husband’sson depicted her character as immoral. Moreover, Hatshepsut’sindustrious actions proved that she had the capacity to rule herpeople efficiently (Lucia, 2011). Nevertheless, her decision toportray herself as a man painted her as an ineffective combatant ofwomen’s rights. In essence, the values of the old community werealmost similar to those of the contemporary society because they werefilled with various inconsistencies.
Additionally,the individuals from the marginalized groups in society haveexhibited different weaknesses, but their intentions reveal thattheir actions were valid. For example, President Obama contended thatgay unions were not against the values of Christianity (ProCon.org,2017).Obama’s statement was out of place since the Bible clearly statesthat such relationships are immoral. Furthermore, Wu Zetian marriedEmperor Taizong’s son (Gaozong) (Mark, 2016). Taizong was WuZetian’s wife therefore, marrying Gaozong was wrong. PharaohHatshepsut, conversely, revealed herself as a man in portraits(Lucia, 2011). The Pharaoh was in the wrong since she waspopularizing the popular belief that men were superior to women.Ideally, she should have promoted the ideology that women can alsohold positions of power. Nevertheless, in spite of these weaknesses,these individuals succeeded in unearthing the various issues thatexisted in society. For example, the issue of gay unions wasprevalent in the U.S. however, no leader had taken the time toaddress it. Although Wu Zetian`s act of marrying Gaizong cannot besupported, she revealed the immorality that exists in society andproved that leaders had weaknesses that were similar to those of theordinary human beings. Similarly, Hatshepsut’s decision to pose asa man revealed the power of society in shaping people’s thinking.
Finally,the leaders of the marginalized groups have exhibited open ways ofthinking. President Obama, for example, contended that people`s pastdeeds should not be used to judge them. Obama asserted that passion,commitment, and integrity should be used to measure people`scharacters (ProCon.org,2017).The same viewpoint can be applied to Wu Zetian and Hatshepsut. Theseleaders did an exceptional job of leading their countries. In fact,the people who existed during their time contended that theirperformance was similar to that of men (Lucia, 2011 Mark, 2016).Nonetheless, one cannot avoid judging one’s capability to leadthrough his past actions. Although the three leaders’ leadershipapproaches were exceptional, the influences of their past decisionscome into view when one develops an in-depth analysis of theirleadership styles.
Consideringthe above assertions, I encountered biases like prejudice andclassism. I have always assumed that the leadership of women isbetter than that of men. I believe that women can do a better jobthan men because of their predisposition to be caring. This ideainfluenced me to suppose that the members of the marginalized groupsare better leaders because they have felt the pain of being sidelinedfrom making the critical decisions in their communities.Additionally, classism came to the surface as I analyzed the impactsof the decisions that President Obama, Empress Wu Zetian, and PharaohHatshepsut made. These individuals would not have been able to riseto the positions that they were in if they were not in positions ofpower. Obama had been in various leadership positions before becomingthe president. Secondly, Wu Zetian was the wife of Taozong andGaozong these individuals held positions of leadership. Finally,Hatshepsut was Thutmose III’s stepmother therefore, she knew howto act as a leader. These biases led me to assume that theseindividuals had both the mental and authoritative capabilities tomake decisions and back them up with valid reasons.
Myculture has indoctrinated me to believe that a person can do what hewants if he has the desire and courage to turn his wishes intoreality. This assertion prompted me to believe that these leadersascended to their various positions because they were both courageousand willing to turn their ideas into reality.
HowMy Thinking Has Changed
Mythinking has not changed. I still hold the position that themarginalized groups can produce better leaders because the members ofthese groups have been exposed to a myriad of sad situations.Therefore, their ability to make wise decisions cannot be disputed.
Ina recap of the above discussion, the individuals of the sidelinedgroups should be allowed to hold leadership positions and should notbe judged according to their past misdeeds. Additionally, the liberalviewpoints of such leaders help them to make the best decisions.Although these individuals make mistakes, their actions can besubstantiated by the reasons that influence them. Thus, these groupsof people are better placed to act as leaders, as discussed above.
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