Relative to the population, only a small number of people are leaders. These few lead the great majority of people. So, who are these?
Some are entrepreneurs, and those who choose to become an intrapreneur do so for several reasons. One is to make money, and another is to do social good. Some can accomplish both, able to prosper while accomplishing social good. Being independent and self-sufficient must play a big part in committing to this life path.
Yet, entrepreneurs are not our only leaders. Political, military, economic, educational, and other areas spawn leaders. Some lead by virtue of knowledge, experience, and skill. Others lead only for the love and lust of power, regardless of cost. Dictators are an excellent example of this. Welding ultimate power over others might be considered an “aphrodisiac,” and it could be for some of these strongmen. Naturally, most people suffer under this type of leadership, and in the end, it must self-destruct. History tells us this, but in any event, truly great leaders are as rare as diamonds on the street.
As an educator, I chose the social path with hopes of also making a living. Events dictate the direction of our lives to all of us. Still, whether we let them push or pull us depends entirely on our being present and open to the event, opportunity, or challenge, as the case may be. Speaking for myself, I have been tossed, pushed, and pulled by numerous events that did change my life. I allowed circumstances to dictate my paths relative to what I was becoming at the time. Being a leader was not a conscious calling, but it was what I ultimately needed to become.
Leaders, few can be—Love of power not the way—Dialogue is key.