Are You a Leader or a Follower?

Isabella L.

Leader vs Follower

There are two types of people in this world. Some people believe in themselves and they don't care what others think of them. They realize that they are unique and that there is never going to be a person who is just like them. These people don't live their lives trying to copy some other person. They are confident in who they are. These people are called leaders. The other group of people try to look, talk and act like other people, thinking that they aren't good enough to be their own person. They imitate others actions and they don't realize that they are unique. These people are not very confident to be who they are and to accept that. They know and cannot get over the fact that some people will not accept them for who they are.

Superior and Inferior Leaders

There have been many good leaders in US history. Abraham Lincoln (1), for example, ran for the 16th president and changed the future by ending slavery and helping all men to be treated equally. People in today's world can be a leader by being a good role model, a good friend and a good follower.

Unfortunately, our history is filled with bad leaders, too, like Osama Bin Laden (2). Bin Laden was an Islamic Terrorist Leader that lead the terrorist organization called Al-Qaeda that was responsible for 9/11 and other bombing attacks. In our world today, bad leaders are bullies that encourage others to do the same as well as friends that don't listen to each other and people that like everything to be about them.

Followers

Good leaders must be good followers as well. Carol Giannantonio stated in one of her articles on success and leadership, "Many of these great leaders follow in the footsteps of other great leaders and use coaching to reach their leadership goals.'" (11) The best leaders have always started out as followers of others.
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