I have always been interested in the lives of the greatest leaders of the world. I think many of us are.
We call someone a great leader not because of his huge contributions to a cause or his notorious acts… that may just be an effect. The deep -authoritarian- tone of his voice has nothing to do with it either; or his impressive physique. You don’t become a great leader by having more knowledge, a better education, or more financial resources… those are just variables which you may or may not have at a certain point in time.
I think that it’s the everyday decisions what differentiates a leader from the rest of the people. Think about it; small decisions have to be made all the time and if you see them separately they may seem insignificant but put them all together and they become a big part of your being -they end up defining you-. Small things are nothing but they are so many that they end up becoming everything.
In addition, great leaders must have their core values well defined. Surprisingly humans share something with trees: strong winds will blow on their way and they are going break a branch or two, sometimes even 10, but if those trees have deep and strong roots they will manage to stay firm and eventually the fallen branches will grow and give their fruits again. In our case it is a sure thing that we will suffer, fear, and be tempted -which will get us hurt and weary- but if our core values are strong then those events won’t change who we really are and sooner than later we will give our gifts to people again.
I analyze myself and realize that I haven’t always made the right calls… that many times I think I know where I am going just to find myself lost and that bad things have have happened along. Then, I remember that we should always be proud of the way we are and the choices we have made even if sometimes it’s uncomfortable to look back at them. Suddenly, it comes to my mind that maybe one important element of leaders is never letting monsters get in the way of their dreams, whispering when they want to shout, or saying yes when they want to say no. You have nothing to lose and everything to win. So go write the story of your life, and if that doesn’t include becoming a great leader, do not think about it… its funny the way things work out in life.