Leadership Qualities Of The Great Leaders Of Our Time

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“Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a Leader to chart the course” (Maxwell viii). Leadership. This concept has created many debates throughout history. What does it take to be classified as a great leader? What intangible characteristics are inherent to the great leaders of our time? Why have so many failed when put into a leadership role? During my 27 plus years in the military and over 20 years in the construction industry, I have been exposed to a wide variety of leaders and their leadership style. These examples have demonstrated to me that there are just as many bad as good. My journey down this path of growth has enlightened my awareness of realization that not everyone can be a leader and it takes hard work to be a successful leader. Never in my wildest dreams would I have envisioned where I am today. Navy Boot Camp, 1987, Orlando, Florida. Laying in a bunk bed at 2 am in the morning anxiously awaiting for the day to begin, along with the other 80 or so of us trying desperately to get some sleep before our first full day. The anticipation was as thick as a morning fog rolling in on the eastern seaboard. Every tick-tock of the wall mounted clock could be heard over the thunderous snoring from a dude at the other end of the compartment. I had no idea what to expect or what was expected of me over the next eight weeks. Somewhere in the middle of This was my choice and What did I get myself into stood a wall of desire, challenge and 2 men called Recruit Company
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