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An Effective Leader by the Grace of God

Juan P. Flores
H English 10 P.#2
December 7, 2015

The characteristics that constitute an effective leader are exemplified by that of a benevolent yet
authoritarian monarch. It is imperative for a leader of people to not only succeed in imposing his will on
his followers but also to be effective in adhering to his divine order to hold control over other men by
fostering union, peace, and morality within the group he leads. The inherent need for a leader to unite,
defend, and morally justify his cause forms the basis of what a political leader must do to be effective. A
political leader who exemplifies effectiveness will use all mediums necessary to establish domestic peace,
maintain convenient relations with other peoples, and rule in perpetual union with the Church. Many such
aspects of earthly kingship can be applied to leadership at the most foundational levels.
Any leader must demonstrate that he is important to a common cause in order to gain undivided
attention and loyalty from his followers. Likewise, an effective political leader will establish domestic
union and peace by performing good deeds to compel the complete submission of his subjects, gaining full
control over the personal lives of his subjects, and crushing all potential political opposition to his reign as
promptly as he can. A political leader must devise means of taxation to appease otherwise helpful
commoners who may potentially consider rebelling against him out of economic need. An effective
political leader may progressively overturn an already established economic system to allow him to
remain enthroned by both the historically poor and the historically wealthy as he deems necessary. He
must take control of national finances and create a network of governmental ministries and departments to
provide essential services to the people. To secure his power, a political leader must suppress the remnants
of the Synagogue, eradicate freemasonry, expel secret societies, and weed out dissenting political entities.
The supreme ruler must impose his ideology on its people by indoctrinating the young and dispersing
propaganda for the masses. An effective leader may need to keep the illusion of political diversity and
liberty if it is deeply valued by the people. He must secure the union and commonality of his people by
establishing and favoring an official race, creed, and culture for his dominion. He must make use of
propaganda outlets and paramilitary police forces to impose his cultural and financial policies on his
subjects. The effective leader will use all of the resources in his disposition to ethically segregate the
peoples who, due to ethnic or religious tensions, never would be fully united in any case. An effective
leader may be forced to peacefully and humanely expel people he deems a threat to the development of his
state, such as religious and ethnic minorities. When this has been achieved, the effective leader may pose
to his people as the savior of their culture and can further patronize and encourage the creation of works of
art in the fields of canvas, design, architecture, sculpture, film, theatre, and music to glorify different
aspects of the given culture. The leader of a nation in this condition must leave for his future rivals a
legacy of peace and cultural achievement and for his present ones a notion of superiority. All leaders must
find similar methods to champion themselves as being indispensable to their followers.

Juan P. Flores
H English 10 P.#2
December 7, 2015
A leader of a nation must always protect his sovereignty against all odds to remain effective in
foreign policy. An effective leader must either build bridges with others or vigorously defend the cause of
his followers against any other group of people. An effective political leader must independently seek to
create, amend, and expand beneficial and convenient relations with other countries of similar ideologies.
He must forge convenient alliances and engage in the colonization of the barbaric peoples to expand his
influence, proselytize the pagans, take advantage of foreign natural resources, and assert his military and
cultural superiority abroad. With nations that differ from his ideologies, he must participate in trade only
when necessary and until they can be peacefully defeated. The leader must never attack other countries
directly without the just cause of restoring the peace for Christendom.While preventing war, the ruler must
posses absolute power over his armed forces and weapons of mass destruction to utilize them whenever he
deems necessary. A ruler that is faced with legitimate enemies that hold active hatred to the race or creed
of his people must do all at his power to avoid war by indirectly inflicting damages on his enemy through
the use of intimidation, deception, and terrorism, all which are to foster their submission and cultural
decline. As a recourse to diplomacy, a leader faced with a stubborn enemy must incite an internal chaos
within the enemy country by exporting favorable ideologies which stand in direct opposition to that of his
enemies. The infrastructure and economy of the adversary must also be heavily damaged by imposing on
them economic sanctions and trade embargoes. Upon resistance to his efforts, finding a just cause for war,
and once seeing that his resources are prepared to permanently defeat the enemy without any losses, the
leader must carefully, and in a timely fashion, wage a just, holy war against active legitimate enemies. He
must be sure to have at his disposal reliable weapons of mass destruction and wise, loyal military generals
to coordinate the instant defeat of the enemy. All people who hold the power to lead others need to prevent
hostility from the outside and in any case must be extremely cautious when dealing with any rivals or
All leaders stand for a cause or common end goal, and they must be able to justify their actions and
intentions with moral arguments if necessary. With the Old Testament precedent of God's anointment of
Solomon, Saul, and David, an effective political leader must take full advantage of his divine right of
kings to facilitate the submission of his subjects to his just rule. However, any effective leader must
always base and justify his actions on Holy Scripture. A political leader who wishes to be fully effective in
this role must create a state of religious purity where he rules in complete union with one sole Church
without allowing the ecclesiastical powers of the Church to gain more power than him. To avoid
subjecting himself to the rule of a universal Church, he must himself hold power within the high ranks of
the Catholic Church. He must create and enforce an extensive, comprehensive, and self-favoring judicial
code based on Christian doctrine. An effective leader must never neglect guidance from Scripture and
must seek to follow the will of Almighty God. The effective leader will imitate the wisdom of Solomon,

Juan P. Flores
H English 10 P.#2
December 7, 2015
the justice and mercy of Christ, and the devotion of King Saint Louis IX. Together with officials from the
Catholic Church, a political must work for the preservation of the common good, the minimization of
unnecessary human suffering, the eradication of organized crime, the restoration of traditional, pious
worship, and the cessation of immoral practices of all kinds amongst his subjects. The effective leader
engages in pious worship himself, and acts as a role model for his subjects to follow. To secure union in
the field of religion, an effective ruler must establish a firm ecclesiastical justice system and place himself
as chief Inquisitor. Any leader must make sure that the people who follow him are really devoted to his
cause. To enforce his religious laws, a political leader must set up loyal paramilitary police forces and
allow them to censor libelous works, suppress dissenting opinions, spread desirable propaganda, persecute
heretics, and preserve orthodoxy within both the clergy and the laity. The effective leader must emphasize
his divine right and ingrain in the minds of the masses that they must heed to the command of Saint Peter
to fear God and honour the king. The effective leader can also use the writings of Saint Peter, which
instruct all men to "subject themselves to the king as excelling, or to governors as sent by him for the
punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of the good." In his Epistle to the Romans, Saint Paul exhorts
that every soul be subject to higher powers as all powers of government are ordained of God. An effective
leader is able to place himself as God's minister to the common people by using the infallible Holy
Scriptures to combat moral opposition to his power. A political leader may need to resort to intimidating
dissenting people with the writings of St. Paul, who wrote that "any people who resisteth the power,
resisteth the ordinance of God, and purchase to themselves damnation". Any leader may be faced with the
need to justify their actions and ideas, and they must use the deeply held values, principles, and beliefs of
his followers to prevent any morally-rooted backlash. When facing potential concerns over his method of
taxation, an effective political leader must remind his subjects that their Lord Jesus Christ proclaims in the
Gospel of Matthew that one should render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's. An effective political
leader will not only end with a legacy of great human and cultural achievement, but also on a path to being
canonized as a saint of God. All leaders must serve the common good and follow strict moral codes in
order to prevent any opposition with ethical, oral, or religious roots.
When a political leader can be said to have subjected a nation to his indisputable rule, protected his
nation against foreign enemies, and found favor with God almighty, it is there that he may be venerated as
one for his effectiveness as leader. A leader who seeks to be effective in his duty to rule over his fellow
human beings must base his power on divine wisdom, virtue, and justice to earn the title of being he who
effectively secured union within his followers, defended his cause against adversities, and stood up for the
truth and the common good. The interpretation of these essential qualities of a leader may vary from a
political leader who succeeded in maximizing control over his people, enriching beneficial foreign
relations, and maintaining supreme authority in ecclesiastic matters to a chief of a company who needs to

Juan P. Flores
H English 10 P.#2
December 7, 2015
create a cooperative work place, deal with competition and potential business partners, and set up a fair set
of rules to be used as company policy. Yet within all degrees of leadership, these qualities must be in the
minds of all leaders to accomplish great things with their followers.

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