What do John F. Kennedy, Henry Ford, and Joseph Stallin have in common?

(Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.) You give up?

They were all leaders who made incredible impacts on their generation but in uniquely different ways. There are two types of leadership that I have learned. There is leadership by consent and then there is leadership by force. What type of leader do you want to be? The lion or the liberator?

What allowed JFK, Ronald Reagan and other great men like Walt Disney to make an incredible impact and get others to follow them is very simple.”They didn’t lead by coercion, fear or with brute force.” They led by getting others to buy into a story or vision of what could be. They led by consent sprinkled with a little inspiration. Consider this quote by Walt Disney, “Leadership is nothing more than a transfer of emotion tied to a vision.”

In his book, “Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill outlines major attributes found in a good leader. Here they are for your consideration.

1. Unwavering Courage

2. Self Control

3. A Keen Sense of Justice

4. Definiteness of Decision

5. Definitness of Plans

6. The Habit of doing more than your paid for

7. A Pleasing Personality

8. Sympathy and Understanding

9. The Discipline to be a Master of Details

10. A Willingness to assume full responsibility… no matter what

11. A Spirit of Cooperation

Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic and co-founder of the organization once said a good leader leads from the front and not the back. Is that you? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done – even if it means doing it yourself? Leadership isn’t easy yet the world is full of people who mistake leadership for power and authority not understanding what the true requirements are.  I’ve come to learn that the price that must often be paid for the responsibility to direct others is sacrifice and humility. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because if it wasn’t hard – it wouldn’t be worth it.

Stay Focused on the Prize!