In this passage, Machiavelli wants to demonstrate that cruelty is a necessary part of leadership. In order to do so, he uses the example of Scipio. Machiavelli tells us that Scipio is remembered for having been an exceptionally virtuous man. However, despite this fact, Scipio is remembered as an ineffective leader. Although he was capable of doing no wrong, he was not capable of correcting the wrongs of others. Machiavelli tells us that Scipio was a kind man, but an "easy" one, and that this led him to be an ineffective leader who did not earn enough respect from his soldiers due to his lack of cruelty.