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Old October 30th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #31

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Well, take Lord of the Flies. It's been a long time since I read it, but basically, the leader would win the crowd over by promising them protection - so that they won't become victims of the other "gang".

In a large enough group of poeple, there will be splits and factions. The individual asks themselves "Who will give me a better chance of survival (aka what's in it for me)". There might be some consideration about whose plan offers the best chance of rescue, but ultimately, it still becomes a competition for resources and which leader offers the best access to resources.
I vaguely remember watching one of those reality tv shows were a group of people were dumped on an island somewhere and pretty much left to their own devices. It didn't take long before they were at each others throats, jostling for the best positions.
So yeah, it wouldn't be too difficult for a crafty mind to play those people.
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Old October 30th, 2012, 02:24 PM   #32

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A natural leader is who get followers without thinking on it, who promotes by influence a thought over the others, who takes the initiative, who's proactive and attentive, the contrary to passivity.
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Old October 30th, 2012, 02:59 PM   #33

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A woman, generally women tend to be better leaders than men in a good number of contexts [it can sound odd, but women are more "conservative" about taking risks and they save more money running business, statistically, let's not generalize].

In other contexts, the military one for example, where women almost follow a male model, well they are not that effective. Anyway valid officers, they don't make the difference [at least so far].

So a woman.

Which kind of woman?

In Italy we say "a woman with the attributes". Probably the extreme selection of women in place of commands in our country [they are still a little percentage] cause the matter of fact that female leaders are statistically better that male leaders [once again, not generalizing].

Age? Above 40 and with a nice look, but nothing exceptional [too beautiful women finds difficulties in being taken seriously in Italy ... old mind set ...].

Then: qualities ...

she has to hear, but she has to take decision and responsibilities when it's necessary [the leader decides, I'm a manager myself and I know this by experience. Who has got the final responsibility has to decide, no way].

She has to be able to motivate the team and to involve all the crew in the daily activity. She has to recognize merits and to punish demerits.

She has to be able to organize, also logistically, not only functionally, the activity of the crew.

P.S. all this is valid also for a man, as it's obvious!
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Old October 30th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #34

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A good leader has to be decisive. Once he has made a decision, he must enforce it at all costs in order to retain the respect of his followers. One could say that a leader needs ruthlessness.
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Old October 30th, 2012, 03:45 PM   #35

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Bear in mind here folks, that I'm asking for the qualities which would be required for a natural leader as opposed to an appointed leader.

Imagine that you and thirty or so other people have been stranded on a desert island which has enough food to support you. Over the course of time, a leader will evolve. What qualities will this natural leader have that seperates him/her from the others.

Alternatively, if you are a politician and your voting for a new leader of your party ? again, what will be his/her strengths that win your vote.

On a more base level, you could also consider street gangs. Very rarely is the gang leader the biggest or toughest member of the gang. So how is he selected ?
It usually comes down to trust. You're right, the leader is not always the strongest, smartest or most talented, but he/she is the one whom the group can bring problems to and will use the abilities of the group in the best way to resolve these problems. Natural leaders don't try to do everything themselves. They know people, thus understand the strengths and weaknesses of those they command, so they can assign different tasks and responsibilities accordingly. Natural leaders know how to build their people up, which results in trust because his/her followers feel that he/she is good for them.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 03:24 AM   #36

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"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise."
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Old November 13th, 2012, 03:53 AM   #37

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A good leader must look after its people, and not look after himself and his friends.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 04:11 AM   #38

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I agree with many posters attributes of a good leader, but you all have missed the most important attribute of a great leader: Supreme Self-Confidence.

This may lead to the leader's downfall or his name honored for all time.
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A clone of myself. I'd always know that he is right
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