Compare and contrast the absolutist leadership styles of Louis XIV, Frederick William the Great Elector, and
Peter the Great.
Louis XIV's absolutism was fostered in four major parts: the building of Versailles to control the nobility, the breeding of a strong military, the improvement of France's economy, and the brutal extinction of religious toleration. In contrast, Frederick William's absolutism was by stating that the ruler should be the state's first servant. He modernized the Prussian bureaucracy and civil service. He pursued religious policies throughout his realm that ranged from tolerance to segregation. On the other hand, Peter the Great absolutism was such that he strengthened the central government and reduced the nobility's power. Peter the Great used the idea of divine right to inherit the title Czar along his family lines.
Louis XIV's leadership was such that he was an absolute ruler; nothing happened in France without him knowing, nothing was accomplished without his approval. He always knew claiming the divine right to rule, curbing the aristocracy's power, encouraging scientific and artistic achievements, and increasing France's power through extensive military campaigns across Western Europe. Frederick William adopted the so-called government in the council form of monarchical rule. The ruler exercised his power with the aid of his principal council and functioned almost as a president. He enlightened absolutism, stating that the ruler should be the first servant of the state. He modernized the Prussian bureaucracy and civil service and pursued religious policies throughout his realm that ranged from tolerance to segregation. On the other hand, Peter the Great was an absolute leader as he was the sole leader of the Russian empire, and his word was his law, and he believed himself to be divine. Peter believed in absolute principles in political, philosophical, ethical, or theological matters.
The three leaders' leadership styles included; absolutism leadership, establishments of a standing army, employment of accumulation of species policies for the economy, and levying taxes to fund the army.