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Day 39/60: Your Pick for Greatest Leader of all Time

Inspiration Keeps You Going!

I am almost done with two-third of my wellness program in the 60-day healing cleanse. Every single day, I have been going live on Facebook to keep myself motivated. I’ve learned that inspiration is the key factor that keeps you moving forward. We all have hard times, and in such time, we wish to seek motivation from someone who inspires us. Such a person could be a family member, somebody in your neighborhood, or a remarkable figure from history.

What Makes a Great Leader?

Leaders are the people who have paved their way through obstacles with such grace that inspire us. They go from adversity to extraordinary and influence us to act in meaningful ways. If you google the greatest leaders of all time, you can find a long list including Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Mahatma and Indira Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Stephen Hawking, Oprah Winfrey, and others.

Your pick for the greatest leader of all time? Of course, this will be your personal choice. But let’s look at the characteristics that make good leaders.

The three most compelling qualities that define good leaders are:

  1. THEY ARE SCRUPULOUS. They live with integrity and always stand by the truth. They do what’s right, even when it’s extremely tough or unpleasant to do so.
  2. THEY CARE. They want nothing but the best for everyone. With their sincere enthusiasm, they do good for people without expecting anything in return.
  3. THEY LIVE WITH PASSION. They are passionate about their cause. They love what they do and do what they love. Because a lack of passion fails to achieve the goals.

The other essential traits and skills for leadership include, but not limited to, effective communication, learning agility, decisiveness, courage, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, patience, open-mindedness, honesty, accountability, empathy, resilience, confidence, and charisma.

Sir Ernest Shackleton

Out of the greatest leaders in history, and one of my favorites is Sir Ernest Shackleton. His life defines a classic tale of leadership, fortitude, and heroism. The Endurance Journey is undoubtedly one of the most incredible and remarkable adventure stories of all time.

Shackleton’s Antarctic voyage.
The voyage of Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton, showing the entry of the Endurance into Antarctic pack ice, its sinking, and Shackleton’s journey to South Georgia.

He planned the voyage to cross the Antarctic continent from one coast to the other via the South Pole. This is what he wrote in his advertisement to get people to join him for his expedition:

“Men Wanted for Hazardous Journey. Small Wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.”

Shackleton’s expedition is probably the most storied epic of survival. There are a lot of books and even movies that narrate the story of this legendary Antarctic explorer. One of the best books is Shackleton’s Way because it describes his leadership decisions in this remarkable and unbelievable tale.

While surrounded in life with the greatest leaders of all time, it behooves all of us to learn from them and become better leaders for our own life.

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