What makes a great leader? People have been asking this question for years, but there’s no simple answer. A great leader in one situation may not be a great leader in another situation. Still, there are some general traits a leader needs to have in any circumstances. This infographic shows eight of them.
Archive for month: April, 2012
On this day in 1790, we lost one of the most important and influential leaders our country has ever seen: Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin had a crucial role in America’s development. Many Americans know more about Franklin than they do about most American presidents– and he was never even president!
His inventions and scientific discoveries have changed the world in many ways. However, it was his ideologies, philosophies, intelligence, and charisma that made him a great leader. Here are some words of wisdom from Benjamin Franklin that we can all learn from:
“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”
“A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.”
“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
“A penny saved is a penny earned.”
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
“Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.”
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
“The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.”
It’s amazing how many of the things he said over 200 years ago still apply today. What’s your favorite Benjamin Franklin quote?
I came across this quote the other day, and it makes a great point about leadership. Read it, and take a moment to think about what it means. Does that seem a little unfair to you? It is unfair– but that’s the point.
Some people think that being a leader means you take all the glory for the victories, but that failures must be somebody else’s fault. You can still be a leader and have this mindset, but you’d be a terrible leader; not a good leader.
To be a good leader, you really do have to follow this advice. Even if a failure truly was someone else’s fault, you have to hold yourself accountable. Leaders have the responsibility of surrounding themselves with the right people, and also of keeping an eye on them.
When something goes right, you have to share the credit with everybody, or else you go from leading them to taking advantage of them. So the next time you find yourself in a position of great failure or success, remember this quote. Remind yourself that you didn’t become a leader so you could look good– you became a leader so you could make a difference in the lives of others.