If you want to be a great leader, you need to read about others who achieved it. These successful leaders have overcome several obstacles to make it to the top. Many share their stories. These stories are a must-read for anyone who is looking to become a leader.
There are numerous stories available for you to read. Simply use your favorite search engine to find the profiles of these leaders. Many people will start with the profiles of people such as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. However, even sports stars are now considered leaders.
Another great place to enhance your search is through Amazon. The bookseller is likely to have several books available on great leaders. You may find a few books that are discounted or even free of charge. When this happens, do take advantage of this and view it as a gift.
When you are reading through the profiles, pay attention to the aspects of the stories dealing with leadership traits. Learn how they used those traits or incorporated them to become the great heroes you know them to be. It’s not a bad idea to take notes when reading through their profiles.
When you find information online, be critical of unknown sources. Anyone can create a blog and write whatever they like. They can spread false information easily. If you aren’t critical of the information you read, you will be misinformed. When you speak to others about this misinformation, they will likely challenge you.
If you come up dry with your web search, you can always hit up your local library. It’s likely you’ll find what you’re looking for online. But, libraries will be there for you when you need them. They will have ample resources for you to view the stories of great leaders.
Books are not the only medium available for profiles of great leaders. You can search for multimedia resources that may be available. A great place to start your search is at the Library of Congress (loc.gov). There are plenty of materials available on this website in several different formats.
It’s possible to find videos on YouTube that profile great leaders. Be careful with these as well. Anyone can create a video that misinterprets the facts. They may even create a professional video which can throw you off. A video that is professionally produced does not automatically mean it contains valid information. It can be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.