History is full of great leaders that either led entire nations into battles or into freedom. These people have become legends in their own times and even today there is a lot that can be learned from them. Here are a few great historical leaders and what can be learned from what they did.
Even though most people think about battle victories when someone mentioned a historical leader, this Indian leader has taught us that we can achieve a great victory with peaceful means. Without his leadership skills and teachings, we wouldn’t have many civil right movements today and that in itself is an important achievement. What we can learn from him as that in order to be a good leader, you have to love people and love to lead even when things are looking impossible to you.
Martin Luther King Junior
One of the most important civil rights leaders in the history, Martin Luther King Jr. is not only important for what he did for the African-American community, but also for the way he was able to inspire others into action. Everybody knows his famous words “I have a dream” and it is today one of the most favorite sentence of motivational speakers. He showed us that a leader must have great communication skills and that he must always be able to express himself in such a way that he moves others to follow him with passion.
One of the richest men in history, John D. Rockefeller;;er is not only remembered for his vasts amount of money, but also for the fact that he used his riches and abilities as a leader to change the world and make it a better place for everyone, rich or poor. Unlike most rich man of his time (and some today), Rockefeller cared for the common man, which he has been once himself. He lived with another five of his brothers and sisters and their mother, because their father was often not at home. This great man shows us that one of the most important qualities a leader should have is a desire to change things around him for the better and to care truly for those around you.
The “Iron lady” was the prime minister of Great Britain for 11 years, from 1979 to 1990 and was responsible for many good things during heir term in the office. For instance, how many prime ministers today you know could deal with the problem of hooliganism on football stadiums that England had at that time? She didn’t earn the nickname “Iron lady” just for fun, it was due to her immense strength as a person that she got it. She shows us that a leader must have clear beliefs if he or she wants to get anywhere. Yes, you will often have to alter your plans a little or take the long way around, but if you don’t stick to your main goal, than the whole journey was in vain.