Monday, January 20, 2020

8 GREAT LEADERS WHO INSPIRE ACTION


World history has been filled with leaders who have done incredible things. Every one of them has contributed significantly to this world - proving that great leadership comes in many different forms.   
A great leader, for many, is one that inspires action. Whether it's to make a change in the world, chase your dreams, or create a movement.  
Politics or views aside, many of us can agree that individual leaders are indeed the best. Regardless of whether you agree wholeheartedly in the action that they provoke; we can all appreciate the inspirational ways that they invigorate others.   
What makes a great leader?   
To be a great leader, you have to possess specific skills and traits. You have to respect others, be loyal, and maintain a degree of confidence. After all, if you don't believe in yourself, will anybody else?   
Below, we've listed the most influential leaders in the modern age - who have all inspired action.   
1. Nelson Mandela   
Of course, you'll always find Nelson Mandela's name on lists regarding leaders. He truly is not only one of the most inspiring leaders, but people of all time.   
Mandela accomplished what many have not been able to - he inspired generations of people, even after his death. He proved that human resilience and passion is the most powerful tool.   
Mandela has held various titles. He's been a prisoner, activist, revolutionary, and President. That's quite the resume.   
For those that don't know, Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. He was sentenced to life for conspiring to overthrow the state. This kind of sentence would understandably break many people, but Mandela stood firm.   
He campaigned vigorously for his freedom and later became the first black President of South Africa. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize and received more than 250 honors.   
To this day, he is seen as one of the most influential leaders - and resilient humans.   
The takeaway: We can all adopt Mandela's mindset into our leadership techniques. The struggle shouldn't deter us from trying to achieve our goals. Draw a line under your past, and share your story and dreams.  
2. Marie Curie   
Marie Curie gathered an extensive list of accomplishments during her life. Many have argued that she was one of the leading forces in science.   
She is best known for her discovery of radioactivity. It's this discovery that has led to effective cancer treatments, as well as other world-changing things.   
She was also the first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize, the first female professor at the University of Paris, and the first person to ever win a second Nobel Prize.   
While she might not fit the mold of a "leader" that you have in mind - Marie Curie definitely remains one of the greatest leaders. She overcame obstacles.   
Marie Curie broke through in a time when women were not allowed to speak in forums and established herself as a worthy leader.   
She led by her expertise and thoughts and has changed the world.   
The takeaway: Marie Curie had a passion for her work and an insatiable love for learning. As a leader, you should adopt these qualities and let it shine through your work.  
Though it won't be easy and obstacles might arrive, your determination should ultimately trump this.  
3. Martin Luther King, Jr   
MLK was an American activist and humanitarian. He essentially became the figurehead for the African-America Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.   
He is well-known for leading in a nonviolent and civil way. Causing slight disobedience to bring attention to important matters. His work, along with his supporters and allies, changed America for the better.   
Perhaps his most famous accomplishment, as a leader, is his part in organizing the 1963 March on Washington. It's here where he delivered the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.  
MLK also received a Nobel Peace Prize. His leadership qualities included a kind temperament and meaningful action.   
He created a nation-wide movement based on acceptance.   
The takeaway: One of the biggest learning lessons from Dr. King is to know your cause. Believe in what you do, and stand for it.  
Also, persevere, embrace fear, and get everyone around you involved. You may be surprised at who will join you.  
4. Mother Teresa  
Mother Teresa was an Albanian-born Roman Catholic nun. She's well-known for her selfless, revolutionary work. She cared for the poor, orphaned, sick, and dying.  
She proved herself to be a reliable and influential leader - breaking barriers and perceptions of what a leader should be.   
She founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. This was a religious congregation that is now active in more than 130 countries.   
In 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified (made a saint) bu the Pope - giving her the title of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.   
Her leadership skills differ from other leaders. She led the way with compassion and thoughtfulness - her one goal to make the world better, with no financial or popularity gain for herself.   
The takeaway: As a leader, it's not always about your personal hopes and dreams. Sometimes, trying to make the world or people around you succeed is more important.  
Your team should be your priority - ensure that they're happy and thriving.  
5. Greta Thunberg   
Regardless of your personal opinions, nobody can deny that Great Thunberg is one of the most influential leaders in the 21st century.   
At such a young age, she has begun international protests and movements that have entirely changed the world. Now, she has become a figurehead for the climate change movement - showcasing the new face of politics and activism.   
She began fighting in her home country, Sweden. Her focus is on freeing the world of pollution, ending climate change, and environmental degradation. She has inspired action amongst students, famous for shaming apathetic adults.   
"At just 16, she has planned an array of student protests and has become an international figure. The reality is, youth activists like Great are doing amazing things. How she has rallied such a significant movement, only shows what a fantastic leader she really is." — Nadine Johnson, anthropologist, and writer at Studicus. 
The takeaway: It might be a little strange to learn leadership qualities from a teenager, but it's still very possible.  
The most important is to practice what you preach. That's the key to a good leader. Always set an example, and lead in a noble and honest way.  
6. Abraham Lincoln   
On the other end of the spectrum (or timelines) sits Abraham Lincoln. He was the President of the United States from 1861, before getting assassinated in 1865.   
Lincoln was a self-taught lawyer before joining the active politics of America. While it is argued that his short time as President was overshadowed by the Civil War, it cannot be debated that he led the way heroically.   
At such a difficult time in US history, Lincoln strengthened the nation and abolished slavery. He also modernized the economy and has become a symbol of equal rights, liberty, and democracy.   
The takeaway: Truly, you have to work to achieve your goals. Things won't just fall into place. He once famously said: "Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.”  

7. Che Guevara   
You'll often see his face during left-wing protests - Che Guevara was a major face of the Cuban Revolution. The fact that he is still a symbol of rebellion and revolution places him on this list.   
Guevara was born in Argentina, he was a Marxist revolutionary, author, guerrilla leader, and diplomat. He saw the conditions that people in South America were living in - saturated with disease and poverty, and decided to make a change.   
He dedicated his life to amend the economic conditions of the people and is well-known for prioritizing others over himself.   
His primary leadership belief was that humans shouldn't be a slave to their situation - instead, they should be able to design their own destiny.   
The takeaway: Though he may be a different kind of leader, he was still a leader.  
His premise in life was that you have to give meaning to all your decisions. Make sure that the path you take is meaningful, and your leadership skills will certainly develop.  

8. Albert Einstein 
Lastly, we have to mention the man who rewrote the laws of nature for the betterment of humanity. He's still one of the most famous scientists and has had an unmatched impact on our understanding of the universe.   
"Einstein is remembered for overcoming adversity - he struggled as a child and even struggled to find work after graduating. His ability to remain positive, regardless of the situation, is why he's considered one of the best leaders." — Ben Larson, a history writer at Trust My Paper and Grab My Essay. 
Now, even after his death, his work and findings are still be used to guide physicists - that's great leadership.   
The takeaway: There's no denying that Einstein was curious. That's what made him so great.  
As you're leading, you should be curious, try new things, and use your imagination. You're more powerful than you realize.  

Conclusion 
Which such a diverse group of leaders, you'll notice that they all have different tactics, views, and backgrounds. It becomes clear that being a great leader isn't one-size-fits-all.   
If you're passionate, hard-working, and empathetic, you can inspire generations of people to make a change and invoke action in those around you.  

About the Author: Nicole D.Garrison is a content strategist, writer, and contributor at Pick, The Writer, along with several platforms for marketing specialists. She is a dedicated and experienced author who pays particular attention to quality research. In her free time, Nicole is a passionate runner and a curious beekeeper. Moreover, she runs her own blog LiveInspiredMagazine. 

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