Julius Caesar | 4 Key Lessons Towards Effective Leadership and A diverse Leadership Style

Julius Caesar | 4 Key Lessons Towards Effective Leadership and A diverse Leadership Style

When we think of the name Julius Caesar, we can’t help but to identify it synonymously with the word leadership. Of course, if you have heard anything about Caesar you would know that he was perhaps one of the greatest leaders of all time. This is not to say that he was perfect, especially considering that his life ended quite abruptly. However, there are many lessons to be learned from his extraordinary leadership ability as well as his mistakes.

Lesson One: Diversify your Leadership Style

Julius Caesar was a legendary Army General and Statesman who lived between 100 — 44 B.C. During his tenure, Caesar oversaw the rapid expansion of the Roman Republic through an incessant chain of fierce battles across Europe. This was before he eventually declared himself a dictator for life. Yes you read that correctly. He declared himself a dictator for life.

Consider the following that there are many types of leadership styles. For this article, I will name only a few: Democratic, Authoritative, Paternalistic, Laissez-faire and Transactional. It should go without saying that Julius Caesar practiced the Authoritative leadership style.

This meant that he dictated policies and procedures, decided what goals were to be achieved, and directed and controlled all activities without any meaningful participation from his subordinates. This was perhaps one of the major reasons for his assassination.

He was believed to have died in the hands of his political rivals, on the steps of the Senate, after an illustrious career as a general and a leader. Furthermore, he is still without a doubt one of the greatest and most famous military minds in the history of the world. His leadership style was ideal and proved effective, for the battlefield, as there was no time for hesitation or democracy when lives are at stake.

Caesar fearlessly fought and won several battles, and laid the foundation for one of the greatest empires in the world: The Roman Empire. The first lesson that is to be learned from Caesar is that different subordinates and team members respond differently to various styles of leadership. As an aspiring leader, you must be able to adopt multiple leadership styles if you are to be effective.

Lesson Two: Believe in Yourself

Times have really changed; there are some significant differences in the style of leadership employed during Caesar’s time and the ones practiced today. Nowadays, the world is largely governed through democracy whereby leaders are elected by the people in a free and fair process.

The masses are usually quite informed and know exactly what they want and need. For any leader to be successful in the contemporary world, they must be admirably relentless in their beliefs and ideals, and truly care for the people that they represent.

It is especially relevant and  important to understand that pleasing everyone is most certainly impossible. No matter where your journey takes you, there will always be individuals who will oppose your ideals. If you give in to every piece of negativity that comes your way you will never be effective.

Lesson Three: Inspire Others with Vision and Conviction

Caesar was a man of conviction. His ideals and beliefs became law. In those days rather, leaders mostly emerged due to armed conflicts. Around this time, coincidentally, while the weak were cast aside, the strong easily assumed command. The people answered to the leaders, and not the other way around. Throughout, the masses had to do whatever the leaders commanded. In most cases, leadership was primarily focused on self-progression and not on the best interests of the people.

Caesar is believed by contrast, to have been different since he never just thought about himself. As a man of vision, he managed to acquire a lot of power and authority for his nation. As a result, He was and is still considered a hero to date because he revolutionized leadership by making fair policies and laws. This was unheard of in his time. It is such traits that made him stand out among the rest of the leaders of his time and earned him a special position in world history.

Lesson Four: Command Respect

Some of the most exceptional leadership qualities that characterized Julius Caesar’s generalship were selflessness, boldness and decisiveness. Critics argue that sometimes, his exceptional boldness bordered a reckless willingness to go way ahead of his supply lines. As a leader, you will find that there will come a  time for you to make a risky decision. This decision may or may not impact your whole team, possibly in a negative connotation. For a leader that commands respect and is true to his cause; subordinates will follow him or her through the gates of hell and back without question.

Many have argued that Julius Caesar was a self-seeking and greedy leader whose primary mission was to capture and cling to power. He always fought alongside his men, sometimes without the luxury of using a horse. Caesar never hesitated and always accomplished his intended objective.

His immense confidence formed the basis of his illustrious career. Be confident in your decisions, treat others firmly and fairly and you will be effective as a leader. Don’t be afraid to share the load. Just don’t share the responsibility.

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Public Speaking and other Leadership Qualities of Abraham Lincoln | How to be More Confident |HelixLeaderz

Public Speaking and other Leadership Qualities of Abraham Lincoln | How to be More Confident |HelixLeaderz

Being Confident is Simply Controlling Fear

Anyone who has ever faced the prospect of leading a team and being introduced to public speaking may have gone through a spectrum of emotions that ranged from worry to extreme fear. Being given the harness of leadership can be nerve-wrecking as it exposes us to the scrutiny of many. Of course, this tends raise our apprehension levels. It is important to understand that this fear, worry, doubt and anxiety is what the best leaders have used and will continue to use in order to progress.

One of the best examples of this type of leader is Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln was unarguably the walking definition of leadership during his term. However, Honest Abe was not exactly born with the leadership qualities that would later make him one of the greatest leaders of America. He did not have a privileged upbringing and even as a young boy he had to quit school to work to help support his family.

Answering the Call

On top of that, Lincoln was an introvert. He began his career as a laborer, then taught himself to read and write, later becoming a lawyer through self-study. He could have made a decent living as an attorney serving in the countryside but the political chaos and oppression that occurred during his time spurred him to action. The call to become an advocate for the oppressed pushed the introverted Lincoln to learn how to be more confident and take up the cause that would later make him one of the most admired and imitated leaders of all time.

As an adult and working man, Lincoln suffered enough setbacks that would have conquered a lesser man. He lost his job, suffered many defeats and loses, failed in business, lost his sweetheart and reportedly even experienced a nervous breakdown. Through it all, Lincoln persevered and never gave up. In fact, if there was one phrase that would accurately describe Lincoln’s fighting style in life, it would be that he never gave up.

Choose Your words wisely and Inspire Respect

His leadership qualities also became apparent once he entered politics. Lincoln was a reliable man who stood by his word, regardless of how unpopular it made him to people. Lincoln did however decide to quit politics after he made clear his strong opposition to the country’s war with Mexico. He later returned to join the fray once again when the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was passed allowing slavery.

The soft-spoken Lincoln then became an orator, participating in a number of public speaking engagements and debates. This served to further show off his gift for harnessing the power of words. With his quiet confidence and calm demeanor, Lincoln inspired respect among his listeners. He chose his words carefully, speaking slowly but with deliberateness of purpose. Not only did this showed off his intelligence, but also his compassion, empathy and integrity.

Accept  Weaknesses and Improve Strengths

The force that was Abraham Lincoln was created not because of formidable vocal power. In fact, he was not even remotely a loud man. His reputation, in fact, was built on the part of his being that inspired trust. Although he rallied behind people, he provided direct management of important matters. Without question he willingly shared blame for failures but also shared credit for successes. Lincoln showed respect, humility and self-awareness through it all. For that, he encouraged firm loyalty among his followers and supporters.

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