An enlightened despot is an authoritarian leader who exercises rationality and, in some cases, tolerance. While authoritarian leadership is inherently repressive in some ways, this does not mean that the leader cannot ex... More »

"Buddha" is the term an individual receives when he or she fully comprehends the Four Noble Truths, sheds earthly ignorance and is fully awake, or enlightened. Buddhists do not believe a person is born a Buddha, but achi... More »

According to, Frederick the Great was called an enlightened despot because his mother raised him with the values and education of the Enlightenment, and as ruler of Prussia, he sought to instill these value... More »

Direct democracy allows open and direct debate on issues, quick decision-making, tolerance for alternate viewpoints and a general sense that everyone gets a fair say. However, it is prone to mob rule, limited in scope to... More »

Democracy has many characteristics which include majority rule, individual rights, free and fair elections, tolerance, participation and compromise. A democracy is based on the idea of the people having a say in who gove... More »

The U.S. State Department holds that a good ambassador is knowledgeable about the country to which he is assigned, loyal to his home country, an efficient communicator, a successful negotiator and a strong leader. An amb... More »

The Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States government is to act as the principal leader of the House with various roles, such as overseeing the daily sessions in the House, referring bills to commit... More »