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"'With Ender, we have to strike a delicate balance. Isolate him enough that he remains creative- otherwise he'll adopt the system here and we'll lose him. At the same time, we need to make sure he keeps a strong ability to lead'" (Card 27) It's hard to believe that the person they were talking about was only six years old at the time, and was expected to save the world in the years to come. In Ender's Game a novel written by Orson Scott Card, Ender literally has the weight of the world on his shoulders. In this novel the main character Ender Wiggins decides to go to Battle School to prepare for war, but soon regrets his decision. In Battle School he goes through physical as well as emotional pain. He graduates before any other student and starts commander school about six years before he is supposed to. During his training in command school he finds out that all the tests he that he thought to had been taking was really the war itself. He really had been sent soldiers to carry out orders, not just pretending. After the war is over some humans decide to go out to the alien's planets and start a new life there, and Ender was one of those people who decided to go. The characteristics that make Ender such a superb leader are thinking ahead, stern decision making, and his broad perspective.
Thinking ahead is a characteristic every leader has to have to do his/her job effectively. The author shows us the inside of Ender's mind when he writes, "For a moment, the others backed away and Stilson lay motionless. They were all wondering if he was dead. Ender, however, was trying to figure out a way to forestall vengeance. To keep them from taking him in a pack tomorrow. I have to win this now, and for all time, or I'll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse" (Card 7) In this passage in the novel Ender is thinking about what would happen in the days ahead if he didn&ap…


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