Leadership in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of the North is the leader

  1. She knew she could trust Dorothy was capable of destroying the West Witch as Dorothy has already proved herself by killing the East Witch.
  2. She kissed Dorothy which dissuaded the bad people of the West from troubling Dorothy. “but I will give you my kiss, and no one will dare injure a person who has been kissed by the witch of the North” (Baum, 1900)
  3. She told Dorothy that any problem could be solved with ‘wisdom, love and courage’. Dorothy kept recalling these words all through her journey.
  4. The wizard also told Dorothy to find the Wizard of Oz, who could tell her where Kansas was and how to get home, so she could be with her Aunt and Uncle.

 

The Wizard of North has shown that she was capable of recognizing competent people. She gave good advice and took care of Dorothy.  She also told Dorothy who to get the details from. She repeatedly reminded Dorothy to stay away from the wicked witch of West.

The Wizard of North is compassionate too. “I am not as powerful as the Wicked Witch was who ruled here, or I should have set the people free myself” (Baum, 1900). She also cares for the overall welfare to get rid of the remaining wicked witch of the West.

The Good Wizard of North also instills confidence in Dorothy to not be afraid of the wonderful wizard of Oz.

The Wizard of North played many roles in this journey. She was the way finder, even though she wasnt present with Dorothy all the time. Her words were like compass to Dorothy in dealing with the new and curious conditions, Dorothy found herself in.

 

References

Baum Frank, 1900,  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

 

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