Leaders with a Messiah complex get beaten by those that know what’s going on

“Great leaders” are often held up as great heroes, whose skill, luck and insight can overcome anything in their way. But the world just isn’t like that. Inspirationally larger-than-life leaders are fantastic – I have a few of my favourites – though leaders who are too sure of themselves are liable to miss the subtle and not-so-subtle changes that are happening all around them and get left behind…

Beaten by those that might have had less talent, less charisma and even less resources…

But who understood that we all make mistakes and that the world is complex, so we need to be somewhat restrained and insure against those freakish events that can wipe you out. Not to be overly focused on the negative, though being mindful of the risks. And, of course, you have to make decisions and follow through once you decide, and you need to have accurate inputs, vision and effective decision-making strategies for implementation and execution too.

I like to see the parallels between business and personal life. Perhaps not as pervasive as Dan Schawbel, though I still think that personal branding is vital for us all, but in this context, we – as individuals, communities and nations – need to remember the same points that great leaders need. Anyway, that’s what I’m working on in GeniusTraining.