While the world today is very different to the world 100 years ago or even 10 years ago, we can still learn a lot from the leaders of the past. The first step to learning from these historic leaders is to ensure you have the right mindset. A leader who wants to develop their skills will have a mindset of learning. They will seek out knowledge from every aspect of their life.
Types of Leaders
While the world is filled with many leaders, they all have different areas of influence. They can also offer different areas of guidance. The ten main types of leaders are:
- Wise Leaders – Aristotle
- Founders/ Entrepreneurs – Jeff Bezos
- Political Leaders – Theodore Roosevelt
- Business Leaders – Jack Welch
- Academic Leaders – Clemet Christianson
- Investors/ Innovators – Elisha Otis
- Military Leaders – Napoleon Bonaparte
- Spiritual Leaders – Various religious leaders
- Explorers – Vasco Da Gama
- Sports Leaders – Rassie Erasmus
Each of these leaders and leadership types has a distinct area of influence. They are great examples of how you can use your influence to lead people in a specific area. These leaders show us how to learn from our mistakes and to keep following the struggle, as in the end it is all worth it.
4 tips we can learn from the great leaders:
- Learn from Your Great Moments
- Learn from Your Worst Moments
- Love the Struggle
- Build a Following
Where to Learn About Leaders?
One skill many great leaders possess is that of teaching. Great leaders understand the value of teaching and mentoring others. Many of the greatest leaders in our time have taught through various mediums to allow their predecessors and followers to learn. You can learn about and from these leaders through books, movies, documentaries and through observing leaders in action. While we may always think of the leaders with lots of influence, start watching the leaders around you, whom you interact with on an everyday basis.
Being a leader in 2021 is not so different to the days of Aristotle. While the world may be different, we still have struggles, triumphs and need to build a following. Learn from these leaders through books, movies and documentaries. With their knowledge, you can become a better leader.