Even Great Leaders Go Through A Leadership Development Process-barcarolle

UnCategorized If we were asked, we could all name a person we considered to be a great leader. The qualities that go into making a leader are not confined to just one area, they are equally relevant to almost every area of life you care to mention. So people in politics may name check Winston Churchill, business people might suggest Richard Branson but equally relevant would be the opinion of a football fan who might suggest Tony Adams, the Arsenal and England footballer or someone could even suggest the person that runs a local restaurant. What all these things would have in common is the list of attributes that they bring to their job and the attitude they display while carrying out that job. The only differences would be the situation in which they apply their leadership skills and the scale of the job they are undertaking. If you were to delve into the background of any of these leaders you would also, no doubt, come across the same course of leadership development. Some of it may have been acquired in the classroom and some would have been picked up on the job but it’s this leadership development that separates them from the pack. People often say that great leaders are born and not made but this is simplifying things and is completely untrue. One of the qualities that a great leader displays is confidence and this can often seem like they are making decisions, even in the most difficult situations, which cannot fail. Because of this seemingly invincible quality people mistake any leadership development and learning process with a god given talent. Perhaps two of the best examples of great leaders from the 20th century who, on the surface, would give credence to the idea that great leaders are born not made, but with further investigation can be found to have gone through a significant leadership development process and so were, in effect, made are Winston Churchill and Robert Kennedy. Churchill came from a privileged background. He was born into a family with connections to royalty and high society and, as such, was always expected to succeed. Leadership development would have been part of his upbringing. He was surrounded by relatives and friends who were also leaders and significant figures in the establishment and it was expected that he would follow. Winston was related to the 1st Duke of Marlborough who showed great courage on the battlefields of Blenheim, Ramillies and Oudenarde. He was a great leader in his time and Churchill always aspired to emulate his success and place in history. When the Second World War broke out and Churchill was called on to lead the country it would have been his understanding of great leaders in history and the leadership development that had been an ongoing process throughout his life that would have helped fashion his decisions. The fact that these decisions worked out well, together with Churchill’s display of courage, integrity and determination are factors that have cemented his place in history as a leader who was born to lead but as with all leaders there was a leadership development process that involved hard work and an understanding of what people expect from a leader. Robert Kennedy underwent a different but no less significant process of leadership development. He was never supposed to become a leader like his more famous brother, in fact it was the cruellest of fates that thrust him into the limelight. His brother Joe was supposed to be the family member who went into politics but he was killed in the war. As a consequence John went onto become President but was killed by an assassin’s bullet leaving Robert to take up the mantle. Undoubtedly one of the cruellest leadership development processes in history but it gave Robert qualities that in many ways made him stronger than his brother. Honesty, humility and compassion all went towards making Robert a great leader and they were put to best use on the night of the assassination of Martin Luther King when Kennedy had to break the news to an Indianapolis audience of African Americans. His speech that night was the pinnacle of his leadership development. He connected with the audience, explaining how he knew what it was like to lose someone close to an assassin’s bullet and he asked for calm. All across America that night there were riots, except in Indianapolis where police reported no disturbances. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: