Odysseus has good leadership skills throughout his battles since the period of the Troy war. He has good commandment in communication with people and members of crew of his ship. Even in front of the a possible death in the middle of the sea waves, Odysseus can try hard to encourage his crew members to stand strong : “We beached there, and I told the crew to stand by and keep watch over the ship: as for myself I took my twelve best fighters and went ahead.” (Book 9 ,line 210 ). Apart from these issues in the books 9 and 10 Odysseus expresses his smart mental potentials when he manages to save some of members of his crew from being eaten by Cyclops. He shows courage and bravery when he was communicating with Polyphemus, the son of Poseydon ( god of sea ) who intimidate Odysseus’s fellows and him telling them to risk of lives loss. At this risky request, Odysseus tricks him and remains anonymous presenting himself as “Nobody”. This allows saving some crew members from death, as Odysseus calms Polyphemus down with some flute music.
Then he catches the Cyclops’ eye and makes him blind.On the other side , Odysseus has failed in behavior that makes him suffer. He had continuous pride, he fought he was a dominant character even though he was only a human being, and thinks that he has no need of gods’ help. When Greeks get victory, he thinks of himself as the most remarkable hero who is careless even to make sacrifice for gods.
Then with this idea in mind , Odysseus tells his name, the name of his father Laertus, and the island of his origin Ithaca, in front of Cyclops Polyphemus. He wanted Cyclops to know who blinded him, following the intentional prideful behavior. This confession is dangerous, as Polyphemus throws a big rock at Odysseus’ ship, but he misses. However , Cyclops complains to his father Poseidon who makes storms at seas very often and sends two horrible sea creatures that may swallow Odysseus and his crew