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1 THE QUALITIES OF GOOD LEADERS What is Leadership? Anyone can be a leader. There are leaders everywhere around us: at home, at school, on television, on the sports field, in the community and in government. A leader is someone who guides people and sets a good example for everyone to follow. Leadership is doing the right thing without being asked. It means being a good role model and standing up for other people, when it may be the hard thing to do. Leadership is a very important skill to learn in order to be the best person you can be and make the world a better place. Everyone has the opportunity to practice leadership every single day at school, at home or on the sports field. Version 1: September 2013 Copyright My Cyberwall 1

2 Here are some famous quotes about what makes a good leader and how to practise leadership. Quote Leaders are not born, they are made. They are made just like anything else, through hard work. Meaning Anyone can be a leader. You need to be proactive and work hard. Vince Lombardi Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. Albert Schweitzer No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it. John Quincy Adams A good leader sets a good example for others and is a good role model. A good leader works with a team. A good leader does the right thing without being asked and when no one is watching. What is a Good Leader? There are many different examples of leaders in history, for example, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. These men were good leaders who fought for the equal rights for all people. Version 1: September 2013 Copyright My Cyberwall 2

3 There are also examples of bad leaders, for example, Hitler. Hitler was responsible for the killing of millions of Jewish people. Adolf Hitler Wikimedia Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-S33882 / CC-BY-SA A good leader needs to: listen to people; be a servant of the people and work for the good of others; Version 1: September 2013 Copyright My Cyberwall 3

4 work with a team; have courage and be brave; F.W. De Klerk and Nelson Mandela Wikimedia Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike: World Economic Forum be dedicated and wholeheartedly committed to his or her beliefs; Version 1: September 2013 Copyright My Cyberwall 4

5 be dedicated and wholeheartedly committed to others; be prepared to sacrifice or give up something for the sake of others. Version 1: September 2013 Copyright My Cyberwall 5

6 Types of Leaders Anyone can be a leader, there is no age limit. Ordinary people can follow the example of good leaders. There are different types of leaders, with different leadership abilities. Below are some examples of leaders that we encounter everyday: At home At school On the sports field Religion Country Parents are leaders, as they look after the rest of the family. The Principal, teachers, prefects, and class captains are examples of leaders. The coaches and captains are leaders. The priest, rabbi, minister, etc are leaders. The president, the ministers, the mayor are all leaders. It is not always easy to be a good leader. Leaders are not always popular and some people who hold different views to them, might dislike them. Leaders are also not always perfect. Everyone has their faults and leaders are not any different. Learning from Great Leaders Below is a list of some of the top 10 greatest leaders of all time. Name of Leader Picture Famous For Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon was a great military leader and France s first emperor. Napolean Bonaparte Wikimedia Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike, Flikr.com: Beinecke Library Version 1: September 2013 Copyright My Cyberwall 6

7 Name of Leader Picture Famous For Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi fought for equality and freedom of the Indian people from colonial rule. He led by example, used peaceful methods of protest, and never gave up. Mahatma Gandhi Winston Churchill Churchill was the Prime Minister of Great Britain. He helped Britain defend itself against the Nazi attacks during World War II. He showed determination, perseverance and a love for his country. Winston Churchill Abraham Lincoln Lincoln was the sixteenth U.S. President. He was famous for ending slavery. He was honest, courageous and devoted to his country. Abraham Lincoln Version 1: September 2013 Copyright My Cyberwall 7

8 Name of Leader Picture Famous For Martin Luther King Jr Dr King was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. He fought for racial equality. He is best known for his courage, perseverance and a non-violent approach to making change happen. Martin Luther King Jr Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela became South Africa s first black president in He fought for the equality of black people and helped end apartheid. He is famous for his courage, honesty and working for the good of everyone. Nelson Mandela Julius Caesar 100 BC - 44 BC Caesar was a successful leader during the Roman times. He was a brilliant military leader, he helped expand the Roman Empire and changed the government of Rome. He is well known for his planning, bravery and decision making. Julius Caesar Version 1: September 2013 Copyright My Cyberwall 8

9 Name of Leader Picture Famous For Alexander the Great 356 BC BC Alexander was born in 356BC. He was one of the greatest military leaders of all time. Alexander unified many Greek cities and took over a large part of Asia. Franklin Roosevelt Alexander the Great Franklin Roosevelt Roosevelt was the president of the United States in He led the country through the Great Depression(this was a time where the stock market crashed and the American people were extremely poor), by putting in place certain policies to help the American people. George Washington Washington was America s first President. He was the founding father of the United States of America. He was an excellent leader. George Washington Version 1: September 2013 Copyright My Cyberwall 9

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