1 Comparing and Contrasting Dark and Light Leaders Students Name Institution Affiliation Course Title Instructors Name Due Date
2 Comparing and Contrasting Dark and Light Leaders Introduction In human civilization, Johnson (2018) ascertains that leadership plays a crucial and complex role in determining the future of nations and the path of history. The significant disparity between dark and light leadership philosophies can affect both the ethical character of societies and the success of companies. The lives and leadership philosophies of two significant historical figures are examined in this essay; one is recognized for its ethical leadership style, while the other is known for its unethical one. Examples of the enormous effects that leadership may have on the world include Mahatma Gandhi, who represents the light leadership style, and Adolf Hitler, who represents the dark leadership style. Mahatma Gandhi A. Biography Mahatma Gandhi, born in Porbandar, India, in 1869, is a legendary figure most known for playing a crucial part in India's lengthy and successful battle for independence from British colonial rule (Salman, 2023). The formulation and use of Gandhi's "Satyagraha" ideology of peaceful resistance marked the pinnacle of his life's effort. His early experiences in South Africa, when he started his advocacy against racial injustice as a lawyer, left a lasting impression on him. Nevertheless, he first became a transformative leader in his native India. Gandhi's unshakeable faith in the strength of truth, nonviolence, and civil disobedience was the foundation for his nonviolent response to adversity. B. Leadership Style
3 Gandhi's management approach was based on peaceful resistance and civil disobedience, his defining characteristics in India's struggle against British colonial power. According to Catlin (2022), Gandhi used a leadership strategy known as "leading by example," in which he demonstrated what he preached by fasting, adopting a minimalist lifestyle, or actively taking part in rallies. He highlighted the value of nonviolent protests for bringing about social and political change since he thought violence simply fueled further violence. Gandhi was dedicated to challenging unfair practices without violence, as seen by his reluctance to collaborate with repressive regimes like the British salt tax. C. Ethical Behavior His constant dedication to the truth, justice, and the rights of the oppressed served as an example of Gandhi's moral behaviour. During the Salt March of 1930, a crucial moment in India's quest for independence from British colonial authority, he gave one of his most outstanding displays of moral leadership. Gandhi led thousands of supporters on a 240-mile march to the Arabian Sea as part of civil disobedience, where they collectively disobeyed the British salt monopoly by making their salt from seawater (Rolland & Groth, 2019). This nonviolent protest represented the larger struggle for economic and political independence and challenged the British government's unfair salt levies. Gandhi's commitment to nonviolence and his readiness to face challenges with his fellow Indians demonstrated the effectiveness of moral leadership. D. Impact on Followers/Organization Gandhi's direction had a lasting impact on how the Indian independence movement was conducted and how it turned out. His steadfast commitment to social justice and nonviolence was the struggle's moral guide. Under his leadership, the movement
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