Alexander the great was a true legend who left a mark in society with his great conquest and impressive leadership skills. The fact that he could speedily conquer so many nations in just a short period of time shows how he mastered the art of leadership. As an ambitious leader with an unquenchable thirst for supremacy, he managed to destroy the Persian Empire, which was the considered as the greatest and strongest army in his time. So with all these achievements, it is clear that these leadership skills need to be adopted into today’s contemporary society for a successful political and social governance. Here a few lessons that can be learned from Alexander’s leadership skills;
1. Self-belief and confidence; his parents played a very major role in instilling confidence in him. At a very tender age it was impressed on his mind that he would conquer the Persian Empire. He held this belief all the time of his life. As a leader, you will need to adopt such a strong belief in yourself so as to inspire the same attitude into your followers. If you strongly believe you can succeed, then nothing can stop you from achieving your goals and dreams. However, this is not to be confused with egoism which will do no good to a leader.
2. Shrewd use of resources; Alexander the great was so brilliant and could see the loopholes in his enemy’s nations. He understood how disorganized the Persian army was and used this weakness to destroy them. While this in no way advocates for being malicious, it shows how a great leader should be able to put his followers in strategic positions where they would succeed after having a full comprehension of their strengths and weaknesses.
3. Good planning; a good leader should have both the charisma and leadership skills to contain a huge empire just like Alexander was. It is such a shame that after his death, no one could rightly step in his shoes and continue with the legacy that he left. Civil war followed and chaos broke in. a true leader should make himself indispensable to his team. That means even when he is not there physically to direct his followers, the organization should continue running as smoothly as it was before.
It is clear that Alexander had a powerful mental driving force which enabled him to conquer mountain like nations with so much ease. His tactful and brilliant approach to leadership surely left a mark on man’s history and he came to be remembered as a great warrior even centuries after his demise. His strong ambition made him a powerful and the most remarkable personality to ever walk the earth. So as we celebrate his works and achievements, we need to see the practical ways today’s leaders can adopt his thinking and attitude. Only then, can leaders be true leaders and not just because of the struggle for power and fame.