“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” I both agree and disagree with this quote. Human nature is weak and we all prefer the easiest path. Power gives much more temptations than lack of power, but leaders are people after all and we all make mistakes. Some of us are able to resist temptations and some fail at them. In the end, it all depends on the person’s character.
As a leader, you have a choice about whether you abuse or use the power you have. We can find a lot of examples of power corruption nowadays, and one of the most important ones in my opinion is abusive bosses. Most of the managers or supervisors who have control and influence over other employees are not using their power positively. Some bosses scream, others threaten and unfortunately, you can’t really do anything about it when you’re ‘powerless’. Another example is a cop who carries a gun. He can arrest people for the silliest things and he does that because he has the authority and because he can. Even though the power they are given is little, they still abuse it and benefit from it.
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Absolute power is complete control over someone or something such as rulers and dictators. A leader with absolute power, could totally misuse his powers for his own personal benefit, and become totally corrupt. A good example of this is Saddam Hussein, the ousted president of Iraq. Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with a brutal hand. He used fear and to stay in power. He led wars against Iran and Kuwait but he ended up being executed. Hitler was another corrupt leader, he murdered his own people and also wanted world domination and no rights for people. A leader creating fear is a corrupted leader. Both Saddam and Hitler abused their authorities and therefore it was the reason behind their death.
As I mentioned before, there are good people who can control themselves and use their power wisely as well. His Highness Sheikh Zayed Nahyan, the late President of the UAE was one of the greatest rulers. He used his power in developing his country and all his hard work paid off. The UAE has become a green paradise. He gives such a great example of how to use power positively. Having all the authorities doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re better than others and it doesn’t give you the right to offend people.
In conclusion, I believe that when you decide something you can be it. If you have the power you can either use it wisely or foolishly and in the end, you’ll get what you deserve according to your intentions. There has been corruption since the beginning of time and it’s not going to go away because its human nature.
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