In this series, I will write some good lessons to learn from great leaders. Several inspirational leaders have existed in this world and all can teach unique lessons to us to implement in our lives. I am going to provide some of the lessons that can be helpful for you in your career from five of the greatest leaders.
Alexander the great
Always attack. This is what Alexander taught and even we can inculcate. He teaches to attack in even defensive situation. The observation that to attack is the best defence must have emerged from there.
The attacking mind has the ability to take initiatives. This is what is required as soon as one enters the world to get one’s bread and butter. Such a person commands action. Alexander teaches us to take initiatives and to be proactive. Only then can you survive in this world where competition is never going away. It means to test by oneself and not wait for instructions.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Roosevelt has been one of the most popular and successful presidents of the U.S. He teaches that you are more strong if you work through others. Roosevelt was paralysed waist down due to polio and required to rely on family, friends, and colleagues for success. This also implies to judge people correctly and form a good long lasting network for inter-dependency. It is not possible to do everything all alone, and every success requires a number of people contributing directly or indirectly. So, you should involve others and learn to communicate effectively. This attitude will also spring in you the willingness to communicate to your opponents as well.
Che Guevara never relied on a single source for funding revolutionary activities. He teaches that you don’t look for a panacea. You don’t have to wait for something eventful to happen and then only can you move ahead. He also teaches to not have a completely single-source dependence. He is an inspiration to finding a path in an environment of people having a rigid mindset, one where people believe that a solution has been found and close their eyes further. No amount of blockade, invasion, economic harassment, and even threat of a nuclear war distracted Che Guevara from action.
When Samudragupta achieved a kingdom and decided to expand it, he was aware of the difficulties of administering a vast empire, because he read history and deciphered wrong decisions taken in the past. He teaches that before you begin any task you should read about it and about the past experiences of others. This gives rise to doing case studies which are how good management skills can be imparted to learners. He further found a solution for this problem and ruled by giving back kingdom to defeated kings. He thus teaches to create a strong impact on others to be able to get work done from them. This is how you can create loyal employees in your organisation.
Mahatma Gandhi understood that India had a huge population and would require small scale economic activities from everyone to sustain. He teaches the significance of understanding a situation at hand and tread accordingly. Not to blindly follow a tested method and further not to fret if you didn’t get to use it. Every situation can have its unique solution and he was far smart to see that things will eventually improve if you try to find a path.