Fidel Castro: A Leader Without Limits

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William Mati
Mr.Laing
CHC- 2D0
June 1, 2012
Fidel Castro: A leader without limits
Fidel Castro was an extraordinary leader who fought for the good of his people and led them to victory in the Cuban revolution. This victory did not only prove Fidel's courage by standing up against the Cuban government and standing up for the poor, but it also demonstrated his determination to become victorious. However, in order to overthrow the government, Castro would have needed supporters for his cause, in which his charisma helped influence. Such a revolution would be impossible to achieve if Castro was not an extraordinary leader. Fidel Castro was courageous, charismatic, and determined.
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Without Castro's vigorous courage, Castro would not be able to lead, his revolution. All campaigns require a large amount of courage to be successful, in which Castro had.
Second, Fidel possessed charisma, the power of influencing or inspiring large numbers of people to fight for a common cause. Castro was a talented speaker and he was able to convince hundreds of people to support his cause. Although this number was nothing compared to the number of soldiers who supported Batista, this was enough supporters for Castro's uprising. As mentioned before, Castro was able to create a small revolutionary organization of Cuban exiles in 1955 called the 26 of July movement (inspired off of his first revolutionary movement July 26th 1953). "Most of the members of the 26 July Movement were new adherents of Castro...they were looking for a new leader committed to the idea of revolutionary action against Batista" (The Cuban Revolution, page 80). Consequently, Castro's new adherents looked up at Castro as a role model and were inspired by his campaign. After Castro was able to become part of the Cuban government, he had a wide variety of supporters. Since a majority of families from Cuba were poor, they agreed on Castro's thoughts on communism. As a result, Castro became the dictator of Cuba where he provided free health care and free education which satisfied and inspired a large population of Cuba. Thus, Fidel greatly inspired thousands of Cubans and demonstrated his charisma.
Lastly, Fidel demonstrated determination in every single moment of his life. After witnessing and experienced several failed attempts to overthrow Batista, Fidel had visions and high hopes that he would become Cuba's leader. On December 2nd, 1956, Fidel led an expedition on the eastern coast of Cuba. As a result, there were only 13 survivors of this expedition out of the several hundreds of people. It was believed that this would discourage Fidel and he would give up on his revolution idea, but this belief was incorrect. Instead, Fidel returned with resilience and with a better planned strategy. "All of them were killed or captured except Fidel and Raul Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara, and nine others, who retreated into the Sierra Maestra to wage guerrilla warfare against the Batista forces" (The 100 Most Influential World Leaders, page 318). Although these were sad defeats for Castro, he continued on with his revolution and in the end, he was able to reach his goal and became the dictator of Cuba to introduce Communism. Fidel was determined to achieve this position and claimed it was his destiny even from birth. "From...

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