Good leadership is hard to find these days. I mean good core leadership. There are several folks who care about their job and are dedicated, but few possess the leadership qualities that can drive companies and inspire change. Look back and some of the greatest leaders in history Washington, Lincoln, more modern I think former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. What is it that possesses these people to lead. Some may say it was the positions they were in. Wrong I say. Look back at Washington, what made him great. His guidance across the Potomac River on a blistery cold night, or his persistence to lead a country with no leader. Either way you look at it, Washington posses the trait of drive. When the world said no, Washington said yes. When Washington’s troops said no, he said push. It’s this instinct to drive until you can’t drive anymore and then go even further that makes a good leader. That is leadership.
Look at Lincoln. What made Lincoln great? Lincoln to me had empathy and resiliency. Lincoln’s leading the battle in civil rights showed his empathy toward the common man and his resiliency amongst doubters. Lincoln believed in one thing, equality. Equality amongst all men. This is one of the greatest leadership traits. Without empathy, how can a leader really relate to those that follow him or her? It is impossible. To be a leader is to be a true maverick. It means pushing boundaries that haven’t been pushed. You will have those that don’t want to follow. As a leader it is your job is to make them believe or move on without them. But you cannot listen to the nay sayers.
Lastly, let’s look at Rudy Giuliani. When you think of Rudy, you think 9/11. We all do. We all remember those that were lost and we continue to pray for those families that were forever changed that day. That being said, imagine being a leader and your world coming to screeching halt. What do you do? There are thousands looking to you for answers? What do you do? That brings me to my last trait humility. Mayor Giuliani states humility is one the greatest traits of leaders today. Those that have a sense of realization and aren’t afraid to make decisions are those that make great leaders. Do you think Mayor Giuliani felt good about every decision he made post 9/11. Probably not. But he learned from them and stood by them day and day out and now he is one of the most recognized leader in the modern age.
So like I said before, good core leadership is hard to find. Personally I think it is really lacking in industry today. You can’t grow leaders, you can’t find them online. Leaders come for the situations that make them. Those that have mind set and the drive will excel in any situation. Look at the leaders we have had over time Washington, Lincoln, Giuliani, and many more. Look at yourself, can you put your name in that sentence. If you want to call yourself a leader, you better think you can.