What personal qualities gave Genghis Khan extraordinary ability

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Genghis Khan, born Timujin, was able to survive when many tried to eliminate him and managed to combine the Mongol tribes into a single nation which no one else had been able to do. These personal qualities made him an exceptional leader.

Timujin's father might have been a great leader, but he was poisoned when the boy was only ten. Thereafter, a number of attempts were made to kill Timujin; in fact on one occasion he was imprisoned in a wooden cage; but he managed to escape. His ability to master Mongol diplomacy which included bravery and courage in battle, loyalty to ones allies and the willingness to betray ones superior if it would advance ones cause was also important. He was driven to succeed, and would let nothing stand in his way. Once he had united the various Mongol tribes, he reorganized them so that warriors did not fight with their own clan, but rather in inter-tribal units. This saved him from the fate of many other Mongol leaders. It was because of his unique ability that he was given the title of Genghis Khan, meaning "universal leader."