Friday, February 27, 2009

Who is your most inspirational leader? What leadership traits separate him/her from others?

Who is your most inspirational leader? What leadership traits separate him/her from others? Without doubts, a good leader is first a good follower. Why it could be argued that the test of leadership, among other things, are keeping your head in stressful times and charting the future, succession seems to be the ultimate test of leadership. All you mentors and coaches, who are your mentors, most inspirational leaders and why?

C. Benjamin Anyacho, MBA.


  1. On the spiritual plane:
    Buddha, Jezus

    And in this earthly dimensions
    - Gandhi
    - Anthony Robbins

    An of course my own inner feelings :-)

    Namaste, Ronald

  2. Leaders should be of specific domains and are time bound.
    Buddha was good at his time not always
    Gandhi more likely took his personal revenge from Englishmen who refused to recognise him.

    I think French leaders who were first to bring democarcy to make people more happy are better leaders.

    In Technology Front Bill Gates which chnaged our life in all repsects.

    Charles Darwin in Medical

  3. My most inspirational leader is my former unit commander, Lt. Col Leavis. My unit was comprised of over 100 men and he knew everyone of our first names and if we were having problems at home. Most people equate Marine Corps leaders as someone that will bark orders to you, but this was not the case for him. In many instances a pilot would not visit the maintenance shops, but he was always present. Although he was only in charge of me for a brief time, he has left the most memorable impression on what an authentic leader is: a person that acomplishes the mission without sacraficing the morale of those he leads and always leads by example.

  4. Mother Theresa -- and I'm not joking. I grew up in a poor, second-generation American household and attended parochial school for eight years. Wasn't the best childhood memories, in my opinion. Though I don't practice any religious faith at this time, I will say that Mother Theresa has touched my life through her actions. She did great things expecting nothing in return but to just make a difference. I trust we all can agree that she did just that. "We cannot do great things in this life. We can only do small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa

    I'll leave you with the quote that has been up on my whiteboard since last week: "As we express our gratitude,we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

  5. I would say Mohandis K. Gandhi.

    Mahatma Gandhi, as he is affectionately known, was a gentle person who saw the big picture and followed a path of truth.

    Gandhi led a revolution against one of the world's greatest empires using techniques of nonviolence.

    His greatest legacy may only be viewed in retrospect: he is the father of the biggest democracy in today's world. I imagine quite a few business leaders in India and throughout the world are eternally grateful to Gandhi.

    I recommend his book, An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth: it ought to be required reading in all graduate schools of business, education, and management. In fact, it ought to be required reading for every aspiring leader.

  6. I believe that Jack Welch is the living legend as far as leadership is concerned. I am an avid fan of his methodologies and leadership styles. If it weren't him GE would not been what GE is today.

  7. Pastor Allen Moran. A faithful and biblical but un-flashy speaker, Allen was far more impressive in the way he took my father and I from utter spiritual indifference and planted us deeply in faith. He did this through patient and intelligent dialogue, taking the time to walk us through our usually overcomplicated challenges and concerns, and backing up his assertions with facts. Most of all, he loved us. He shall always be my personal hero.

  8. Apollo 13 Gene Kranz, “Failure is not an option.” He took an impossible situation with potential grave outcome and focused on the 'working the problem' without an option for failure. He had to overcome his team's initial reaction of doom and gloom by setting in front of them his vision (no failure) and by breaking the monumental overwhelming situation down into manageable tasks. For each manageable task he put the best and brightest with a creative mission....'do this, with only that. And you have two hours to do it'. His team was able to use their own brains and wits to accomplish the impossible. Gene trusted his team to bring whatever was needed to the task to assure success. That is what made his a great leader during this crisis.

  9. Gandhi. He was a man with clear thinking and conviction in his beliefs. He showed us the power of peace and taught us how clear and uncomplicated your thinking can become by just following the truth. I also deeply admire his wife Kasturba as I am sure Gandhi would not have been Gandhi without the sacrifices of Kasturba.

  10. Martin Luther King: for his great vision
    Thomas Edward Lawrence: for his courage and seeing beyond
    Ferdinand de Lesseps: for his persistence
    Richard P. Feynman: for teaching physics as always should have been
    Alexander the Great: for expanding the Greek world
    Thomas Jefferson: a genius of humanism