What Makes A Leader of Leaders?

Allow me to clarify what I mean by defining those I think of as a leader of leaders. The leader of leaders doesn’t exhibit one kind of behavior. They have many attributes and characteristics; what drives one does not drive the other.  Still, I believe there is a commonality, and that commonality must be “Independence.” There is no substitute for this lifestyle of personal freedom and independence for these people.

Where this comes from is our childhood. Since our very survival depends on the care given to us as newborns and babies, it cannot come sooner. But if nurtured as the unique beings we are, we quickly show evidence of our specialness. In most cases, however, events dictate, and our parents or caregivers influence our becoming more of what they want, and what we want begins to recede. The child simply does not have the tools necessary to fight off the pressures put on them as impressionable children. Play with clay, and you will know what I mean.

So, I believe the Leader of Leaders is asserting themselves, compelled to be themselves, regardless of circumstances that push and pull them to be something else. Once this becomes rooted in the child, how they express their inner drive of self is up for grabs. As different as each snowflake is from any other, so are independent people who can express themselves and their independence.

From the lost soul on the streets to the college professor, to the wealthiest oligarch and entrepreneur, to the socially committed person seeking only to make the world a better place for everyone. Their commonality is “self.”

Being me, what else? —And wanting this for you, too—We both benefit


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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