As I stated in my last post "HOW WELL DO WE UNDERSTAND GOOD LEADERSHIP?" and today I want to follow on from there.
I have long been a believer, that no matter how hard you try you will not develop strong and passionate leaders. If you take a classroom of year 11 students (30 students) and have some open discussion about leadership and what it means, then you take a further step and ask them to form groups of 5, to pursue the leadership issue further, you will immediately notice that they are looking to see where they fit, where as if we drew straws the groups would look very different. Okay we are going to respond to a task and we need a leader for each group, just watch the reaction, bit of a scramble, maybe more about not me. The 5 who except the rule, will have a degree of leadership asperation. You will see them quickly assume the role.
Take a look at sport, football, soccer, rugby, all team sports in fact, the leaders stand out from an early age, the Essendon Football (Aussie Rules of course) Had an outstanding Captain in James Hird, from his early days at a young age he quickly took on that leadership role in the club, and eventually became the Captain, there is real proof in James as growing into the position, not learning how to be a leader but enhancing his skills at being a leader. He is now the Coach at the same football Club.
Industry leaders, they did not jump up and say I really want to be a leader, the saw opportunities and they took hold of them and developed those opportunities into reality, because they had that passion and belief that they could make a difference, look at some of the names and you understand exactly what I mean, Jack Nasar, Lindsay Fox (Australian transport company owner) has done more for creating jobs for young people than anyone I know, Frank Lowy, Janet Holmes a Court, Governor General, Sir William Dean, Chief Justice, Michael Kirby, Steve Waugh, John Howard, the list goes on, these people were not taught to lead, they "LEAD THE WAY"
Some may believe that our politicians are born leaders, do they display the traits that make a good leader, some stand out but generally I would say "NO" there have been some memorable leaders in politics just to mention a couple, John F Kennedy, Franklin D Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill to mention but a few, who in modern politics could we honestly stand up against these leaders?
"I guess the message today is justifying my comments of my last post, leaders are not made, they are born, my brothers have stood back at some of the roles I have taken on in disbelief."
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