Obedience is a behaviour which allows a person to be respectful and considerate of rules and laws. Being obedient should not be confused with compliance. It is a choice which humbles a person in front of superiors. It teaches a person discipline, honesty and punctuality. These qualities are essential for a leader who aims to guide people in the right direction.
According to Aristotle, a person who has never learnt obedience can never learn to be a good leader. For example, a footballer can never be a good captain if they continuously disobey the decisions of the coach. A captain is someone who leads a team to victory. This requires the other team members to be submissive towards the captain. If the captain does not follow the coach, the other team members, naturally, would not obey the captain. An undisciplined and disobedient captain would lead the team towards failure.
Together with this, an obedient person knows the feeling of following. If they become a leader in the future, they will know how to treat their followers with respect and integrity. This mutual respect between leaders and followers is essential for success.
In the medical industry, junior doctors need to follow the instructions of senior doctors to learn and widen their knowledge of medicine and treatments. If junior doctors disobey their seniors and show signs of disrespect in the process, it is likely that they will not be good senior doctors in the future due to their attitude.
On the contrary, some may argue that a commander can naturally have leadership qualities. They do not need to be obedient to lead their army or team to success. An example of this is nepotism in kingdoms in the past in different parts of the world. It was essential for the sons or daughters of kings or queens to rule the kingdom in the future. In the past, princes and princesses did not really need to be obedient to the rules and laws. They were privileged and hence did not need to follow the rules that were put in place for other people. However, there have been many instances where princes or princesses had proven to be excellent leaders. They showed exceptional leadership qualities to command their army and people. Therefore, it may not be necessary to be obedient to be a good commander.
To conclude, being obedient teaches a person to be polite and humble. These qualities are essential for leaders to manage those under them. Every system in this world requires order and to maintain order, obedience is key. A good leader is a person who has worked their way up in this system by respecting and following the instruction of seniors. Even those who have natural leadership skills need to obey teachers and parents. It is vital for them to learn respect for others.