What Makes a Great Leader?
For years people have been trying to uncover what makes a great leader and there are as many theories as there are grains of sand on the beach!
One reason for that is that everyone has tried to complicate it and the facts are that it is not complicated at all. In fact it is rather easy once you peel away all the myths floating around out there. Here are the facts!
Fact number one is that a simple and quick Google Search on the Internet shows results for 437,000,000 leadership training websites and 44,000,000 results for leadership seminar websites.
Fact number two is that hundreds of millions of people attend leadership training not just once but many times over the course of their careers.
Fact number three is that there are not hundreds of millions of great leaders in the world!
So then what makes a great leader if these three facts are true?
The facts are that a leader has a quality within them that is not taught; however, it can be refined. Just as not everyone can throw a 90 mile an hour fastball for a strike no matter how much training and effort is put into them not everyone can be a great leader!
Those that have been great leaders all have the very same qualities that were not acquired from any type of training. There is no question that places like the Harvard, Yale, West Point, and others have had great leaders attend their training but I would not ascribe to the fact that they made them great leaders. What they did was refine that inner part of them that already existed. I would suggest that if by attending any of these schools created a great leader then everyone, or at least a majority, that attended would be great leaders. Is that true? Of course not!
So then again I ask if having the best education doesn’t make a great leader then what makes a great leader?
Maybe it’s money and power?
Money and power by themselves can certainly influence people to follow but it is for all the wrong reasons. People are not following the person they are following the money and power; therefore, the person is not a great leader!
Truly great leaders have within them the ability to visualize what things can become. In addition, great leaders are able to influence others to see that same vision and because of their passion and commitment to that vision others want to follow.
Integrity is the other key ingredient to what makes a leader great! Remember that integrity is not merely being honest it is a set of moral convictions that one lives by and does not waver from. People want someone to believe in and when someone comes along that has strong convictions and is not swayed by every passing whim people will gravitate towards them. Those following want to be a part of something bigger than themselves!
Therefore, what makes a great leader is the ability to visualize and have integrity! If a person possesses these two traits, education will do wonders to make them even a greater leader!
Thank you and may God bless you!
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