Leader model

We are definitely interested in models – at all times and in all fields.  Models of physical and moral beauty, behavior models, mathematical models, airplane models and catwalk models…  Models represent a way to simplify the reality which is often overwhelmingly diverse and complex in order to understand, manage and use it.  By talking about certain people as models we in fact measure the distance that separates us from them and then imitate them thus “borrowing” their success model.

Models modeled humanity.  The history of models is in fact the history of personal or group aspirations of societies.  There is much talk about the need for leaders – the strength, value, contribution and progress these individuals may bring as gifts to the others.  When times are rough, Providence is invoked to discover a saving and beneficial leader.

We are going to analyze leadership models – a pretty old theme as a matter of fact.  Which are the fundamental traits of a leader?  What are the defining behaviors of a leader?  What can be achieved by copying a leader model?

Probably the most defining indicator of a leader is the ability to attract followers rallying to his vision.  The way to accomplish this is as diverse as genetics.  Among diversity factors we can list faith, empathy, attraction, reason, relationship, personality, character, positioning, complexity of vision, circumstances, readiness of the leader and his followers, culture, organization, society, etc, etc.  For each of these factors, leaders have found and will keep finding personal solutions to attract others towards unknown, interesting and presumably beneficial destinations.

The magical formula of leadership?  Well, there is none!  There are some common ingredients: clarity and force of vision, integrity and character, relationship abilities, understanding and utilizing favorable circumstances, emotional stability, faith and tenacity, the will to change current patterns.  All of these can be found in famous leaders regardless of time, geography or activity.  Think about the following plethora of celebrities: Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle (politics), Alexander the Great and Napoleon (military), Mother Theresa and Mahatma Gandhi (social work), Steve Jobs and Henry Ford (business), Stephen Hawking and Marie Curie (science), Papa John Paul II and Dalai Lama (religion), Pablo Picasso and Richard Wagner (art), Cassius Clay and … Nadia Comaneci (sport)!  All of them were models of inspiration, broke their contemporary patterns, and brought something new; all of them will remain benchmarks in the history of humanity or at least their nation’s for something unique and valuable.

Should we copy leader models? Which one?  What for?  Just to have a guarantee that we will be successful by applying proven recipes?  Just to borrow from their prestige to become instantly worthy of our contemporary followers’ respect?  Each one of us have a unique combination of qualities and defects, each one of us live in a non-repeatable pair of time and space coordinates, each one of us may have different grand aspirations for which we need the support of others to make them reality.  Let’s look again at the gallery of leaders made famous by history, let’s be aware there are many others absent from the spotlights for reasons not related to their value, let’s wish we become leaders in sync with who WE are, represent and wish.

Otherwise we will be just clones inflated by borrowed fame and impact, clones that will fall prey to oblivion, disappointment, ridicule and frustration.