Often times, an ideal leader is mistakenly put under the same category as the one with power; the one who believes anything can be done by simply ordering others around. However, the way to success is not limited to such a narrow path in an ideal leader’s eyes. An entire map of every possible road and option is taken into deep consideration. After all of this has happened, then a final decision is made; a decision that separates itself from others by being ideal.
The possibility of becoming one is different for each person. A major reason is that many do not want to have such a status or responsibility because it can be seen as a hassle and a waste of time. And of course that is something no one would want. Then, there are others who believe it can be worthwhile. It depends on one’s opinion. A leader should never view them self as greater than another though. That would be a mistake since a human can only be different, never more important.
Continuing, through both personal and secondary experience, an ideal leader grows mentally. The attitude of making the same mistakes does not occur for these individuals. However, they should not be titled as perfect because they can still make a mistake; rarely same ones but nonetheless faults. Blunders will rarely occur and when they have occurred, an ideal leader may be the only one to recognize them. But there is always more than meets the eye. There are many other areas to be considered.
Knowing when to follow
An ideal leader knows that there is a correct time to be a guide and to be a pupil. As humans it is impossible to know everything at any point in time. There will always be another with more know-how in a field and therefore a person cannot be a leader in every situation. Such a title should only be given to someone who has worked for it; the one who has positive traits and has dedicated time in that area.
Also, people learn mostly through observation. So if one does not learn how to follow and observe another, then one cannot learn to teach. If this step is overlooked and a follower assumes a position, then the backbone of authority is corrupted. The person now becomes unfair and because an ideal leader does not have such a characteristic, the person will be viewed negatively.
This type of thinking is not considered mind reading, but rather remembering experiences. Every person has been led and has learned through other’s mistakes. The information gained can be that of many areas. Careful reflection being one that is important as it’s needed to create ideas for events and groups. And physical action that is necessary to follow through with plans.
An ideal leader is able to relate with others and get information from another’s point of view. They no longer see the world through a small window, but rather through a bird’s eye view. Biases are not included in decisions, and when conflicts come about they choose words cautiously. The tone of voice is appropriate to situations and eye contact is either used sparingly or consistently.
Continuing, they will adjust to another’s personality, and constantly adapt. Reason being is that static behaviors or objects can be destroyed, as shown by the downfall of communism in most of the world and the destruction of cities from natural disasters. Instead of being stagnant, they become more like water; able to flow and form into any shape necessary. Water cannot be broken, and an ideal leader should be no different.
Conflicts always come about, and many of them seem as though they cannot be solved. Fortunately, they can, but no matter the problem, an ideal leader is able to stand their ground. They are able to resist that temptation of raising a white flag. The action of surrendering or giving up is not an option. It is an idea that is looked down upon; something never to be considered.
Every one of them has failed sometime in life, but failure did not weaken their confidence; it made them capable to endure worse. Courage was able to overcome fear, thought to overcome madness, and sincerity to overcome apathy. Any and all obstacles should only take up time. They should never been seen as too difficult or impossible. As soon as fear to fail gains control, motivation soon fades and becomes non-existent.
If there is any characteristic that perfectly represents an ideal leader, it is modesty. If instead an individual holds a great amount of pride, disaster soon follows. The basic morals become broken, and the “chief” will begin to distance themself from their own tribe. The position now becomes a right instead of a privilege and the opportunity to lead others in the morally straight direction now turns into a wilderness of sin.
Mao, Stalin, and Hitler held pride in both race and power; a great stretch from modesty. This resulted in ruin, as millions were murdered in their name. Mao being the worst with over seventy-seven million killed. As an ideal leader, equality should be basis of structure. An individual should not place themself upon a pedestal to be worshipped. The exact opposite should actually take place. One should be an example by doing the work as well. Nothing should be asked of another, if it cannot be done by oneself.
Most importantly, it is necessary to know that the privilege to lead will always be earned by the people being led.