What is the connection between various historical figures?From the standpoint of Leadership and leading others, what do these people have in common with one another Alexander the Great, Geronimo,...

What is the connection between various historical figures?

From the standpoint of Leadership and leading others, what do these people have in common with one another Alexander the Great, Geronimo, Adolf Hitler, Harriet Tubman, Gaius Julius Caesar, Martin Luther King Jr, Napoleon Bonaparte, George S. Patton, Jim Jones, Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, George Bush, Barack Obama, Malcolm Little-Malcolm X-Malik El-Shabazz, Osama Bin Laden, and Walt Disney?  What type of leadership style do they most closely share?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree with the posts that indicated books could be written on this subject.  I would probably say that they saw reality as it was and could simultaneously possess a vision of what it could be.  Good and bad, they were able to envision the world as it could or should be in their own minds and this helped to set them apart from their contemporaries.

Yet, the list is far too diverse to try to formulate something more specific.  I agree with numerous books could be written on the topic.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree with number 2. In addition to having the ability to persuade, all of these people had the right thing to say at the right time in history. At an earlier or later date, they might not have been so influential. It is a combination of persuasive skill and their timing.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I do not think that we actually know enough about many of these people to talk intelligently about their leadership styles.  All we really know is that they were, in some way, able to get people to follow them.  We infer from this the idea that they were great leaders.  However, we really don't know that much about how people like Caesar, Geronimo, Alexander the Great or Harriet Tubman actually motivated people to follow them.  So I think that all we can say is that they got results and therefore there was something about them that inspired others to follow.

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Most of them, if not all, were/are great orators. Amazingly, Hitler was able to persuade through his speeches. Any person who ever had a multitude of followers seemed to be a gifted speaker. Although the message was wrong, as is the case with some of the names mentioned, the speech was effective and received by many. Hitler talked a good talk, and he persuaded many to follow him. He had a gift that he used perversely.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with the above posts.  This is a diverse list, and they do have intellect, communication skills, charisma, magnetic personalities, intense passion for the beliefs they deem to be true, and the ability to read people in order to rise in power.  Once in power, then perhaps, the insanity is exposed and those who follow are either too entranced or too frightened to walk away. 

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In addition to the qualities named above, add commitment and communication. All were deeply committed to a particular cause or purpose and sacrificed personally to work for that end, while using their communication skills and charismatic personalities to persuade others to join them in the effort.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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All of the people above have magnetic personalities and are/were able to engage an audience. Each one also has/had presence, and is/was able to command respect.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would have to say that all of the above mentioned share the ability to persuade. It is through persuasion that people are able to get others to follow them. While the type of persuasion is not always the same, some use fear while other use comfort, it always enables people to feel pulled in a specific direction.


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wdr | (Level 1) eNoter

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The connection between the people listed was their ability to bring a large group of people together using their charisma and their ability to cast a vision for others to see and follow.  This type of leadership is known as cult type leadership.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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your list is so diverse that it would take 20 books to answer your question properly. But generally speaking, some of the following...

Charisma, ambition, self-confidence, eloquence, radical views, ruthlessness, stubborness, intelligence and insanity.


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