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 ledContinue reading “Great Leaders Feel Deserving”

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 thisContinue reading “Be Inclusive”

Great Leaders Reward Merit

Life as a nomad on the steppes of Central Asia must have been grim in the year 1200.   The climate is cold and dry.  You would spend everyday seeking grass for your animals to eat.  You hoped another tribe didn’t destroy your tribe and take your children as slaves. Your tribe was everything.  TheyContinue reading “Great Leaders Reward Merit”

Great Leaders Tell Great Stories

Medieval nobles were horrible, violent people.  They would beat peasants for fun and trample crops of poor people during their jousting matches.  They burned peasant homes for sport.  Why?  Because they could.  They were the warrior class and had the weapons.   In the early middle ages, a knight was someone who had money toContinue reading “Great Leaders Tell Great Stories”