Great Leaders Feel Deserving

Many potential leaders never reach greatness because they feel they lack a mandate to lead. Consider the case of Babur. Babur ascended the throne of Fergana in in what is now Uzbekistan.   It was 1494, when Spain was claiming Caribbean islands, and Babur was only 12 years old.   At age 14 he led […]

Be Inclusive

(This post is part of my series on leadership lessons in history.) The Roman empire promoted locals in conquered lands to trusted positions within the empire.  George Washington could have never become prime minister in England.  But in an earlier age he could have become a Roman senator (Peter Drucker has observed). Because of this […]

Kiss a Leper: Leadership and Self-Contrarianism

This post is part of my leadership lessons from history series. Leadership requires courage of conviction. Working up to that strength requires overcoming your personal fears. The Franciscans are a Catholic order that is impressive by many standards.  They somehow continually convince people (currently 14,000 friars) to give up every personal comfort.  They sponsor numerous […]