A good leader is an individual who influences others positively through his or her words and actions. The leader’s actions exude magnificent success that prompts others to consciously change their negative attitude and behavior and adopt the leader’s character. A leader should exercise humility, honesty, transparency, self-confidence, kindness and goal achiever. One of the key character traits of good leaders is emotional intelligence where the leader can synchronize his opinions with those of his junior leaders or other affected parties in order to achieve an amicable solution to a certain problem. It is worth noting that inspiring leaders are not always inspirational over their lifetime. At one or several moments during their lifetime, they have acted against their principles and encountered reprimand but their positive characters overwhelm their negative actions.
Inspiring leader - Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is an African and world icon who led the South Africans to fight against apartheid. He served the country selflessly against the discrimination of black people. In his quotes, he said, “I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man” His charismatic attitude of self-assertion made other people refrain from their bad behavior and emulate him. During his leadership tenure, he was honest with his stance, accountable to his words and flaws and confident. His leadership brought transformation to South Africa by ending Apartheid. His characters depict an inspiring leader because his positive characters yielded great results for all citizens (Meredith, 2010).
Any individual whose leadership qualities hurt the welfare of citizens is an uninspiring leader. An inspiring leader should also be positive at home. Osama Bin laden evil characters were echoed by his son Omar, who claimed that his father gassed and used in chemical warfare experiment. Osama had been the most wanted criminal for participating in the 9/11 attacks that claimed the lives of innocent citizens. An inspiring leader should value the priceless gift of life of other people. The attack of human beings is a cowardly act of inhuman character of a person and lack of respect for God’s creation (Bin, Bin & Sasson, 2009)
Conclusively, leadership is neither inborn nor inheritable. It is a continuous character that is molded in a person depending on the daily activities that he or she encounters.
Meredith, M. (2010). Mandela: A biography. New York: PublicAffairs.
Bin, L. N., Bin, L. O., & Sasson, J. P. (2009). Growing up Bin Laden: Osama's wife and son take us inside their secret world. New York: St. Martin's Press.