Sunday, September 12, 2010


I met a Traveler from an antique land, 
Who said, Two vast and trunkless legs of stone 
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand, 
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, 
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, 
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read, 
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, 
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed: 
And on the pedestal these words appear: 
"My name is OZYMANDIAS, King of Kings. 
Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair!" 
No thing beside remains. Round the decay 
Of that Colossal Wreck, boundless and bare, 
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
--Percy Bysshe Shelley

This may seem like a weird way to start a blog on leadership, but this poem serves as a cautionary tale about the ephemeral nature of our influence. This man who was the "King of Kings" and worthy of such a massive statue has been reduced to two trunkless legs, forgotten in the desert. With this haunting image in mind, I will try to use seven different examples of leadership to discover what it takes to become an ideal leader whose legacy long outlives any physical remembrance of his life. Additionally, I will include my thoughts on leadership as they relate to current events or personal experience. I hope that this undertaking will be as enlightening for you as I know it will be for me. 

1 comment:

  1. Jack Eggleston – independent study on the literature of leadership


    Write blog post for Antigone – due February 3.

    Write non-book blog post on leadership #1 – due February 8.

    Write blog post on Letter from Birmingham Jail – due February 15.

    Write non-book blog post on leadership #2 – due February 22.

    Read The Prince. – finish reading the book on February 28.

    Write blog post on The Prince – due March 3.

    Write non-book blog post on leadership #3 – due March 8 (during spring break).

    Read Lincoln at Gettysburg. – Read during spring break and finish by March 13.

    Write blog post on Lincoln at Gettysburg – due March 17.

    Write non-book blog post on leadership #4. – due March 21.

    Read 13 Days. – Finish reading on March 28.

    Write blog post on 13 Days. – Due March 30.

    Write non-book blog post on leadership #5. – Due April 4.

    Write non-book blog post on leadership #6/”final words”. - Due April 13.