Leaders are not born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else – through hard work. and that is the price we’ll have to pay to achieve any goal.

«Leaders are not born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else – through hard work. and that is the price we’ll have to pay to achieve any goal.»

— Vince Lombardi

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32 thoughts on “Leaders are not born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else – through hard work. and that is the price we’ll have to pay to achieve any goal.

  1. I am not skeptical. I see just too many people adapting to whatever conditions and think that this should be “hard work”. Your concept appears to be just a beginning to scratch the surface of old mentalities. How many will follow? How many will lose their jobs to save their souls? How many are free? How many have families to feed?

    1. Wasn’t the point of the quote, but seems to be semantics of “hard work” … “hard work” for me could easily mean something that I’m passionate, enthused and motivated about, and having a dilgent work ethic … seems to others to mean dis-pleasurable, boring, near-impossible, overwhelming …. so I see hard work as a positive, others see as a negative …

      1. If it’s pleasurable, why should it be hard?
        I would call it a lot of nice work instead of hard.
        That one needs rest from both, this is true.
        I get your point when I think of quality. You can also have something pleasurable that you may not be so diligent about.

      2. Already explained that …

        adverb: hard; comparative adverb: harder; superlative adverb: hardest

        with a great deal of effort.
        “they work hard at school”



  2. This is the price i am paying since long and do not know how much i have to pay more because the goal is still imperceptible.

    1. It’s an interesting debate between whether humans can adapt and change, or whether we’re born with our fate all mapped out. I personally feel people are capable of change, improvement, learning, so therefore would disagree with you. The quote in my interpretation is that someone who works hard at being a leader, will be a good leader.

      Could be that I’ve misinterpreted you, and that you’re saying tyrants are tyrants and good leaders are good leaders. In which case I’d be slightly more inclined to agree with you. However in my interpretation, that’s irrelevant to what the quote is about. Tyrannical leaders will probably always be hated, and those who lead with love, compassion and humility will always be loved.

      1. I believe that believing in yourself and passions is emotional but not hard work. That is turning your passions, your dreams into reality. That is a leader. That can be everyday average Joe/Jane Doe who is simply happy. They are leaders too.

      2. So what does the two words put together “hard work” mean to you ? I ask this before I answer because it doesn’t seem to correspond with what I believe “hard work” is.

      3. “I believe that believing in yourself and passions is emotional but not hard work.”

        So for you personally “believing in yourself and passions” may be effortless. For others I believe this takes effort and courage. And I’d hazard a guess it’s the majority of people who have to work at this, put effort into it, not the minority.

        Don’t get me wrong, I believe in believing in oneself and being passionate, those are fantastic things to cultivate in one’s inner garden.

        “That is turning your passions, your dreams into reality. That is a leader.”

        Perhaps, although some might say that that is just an inspired and motivated person. Could be an inspired and motivated fool. People don’t necessarily follow inspired and motivated people, the leader needs other skills too, which may require “effort” to obtain, and practice and maintenance to keep.

        “That can be everyday average Joe/Jane Doe who is simply happy. They are leaders too.”

        Yes they are 😀 There are average mums and dads that lead simple lives, are happy and lead their families (for instance). There are monks who are simply happy, and act as spiritual leaders (for instance). These things are great (and needed), but the world also needs leaders to run countries, be admirals and generals in navies and armies, leaders to build bridges, build houses, build gas/water/oil pipelines, run shopping malls, hotels, banks etc in fact the list of “doing leaders” is extensive, virtually endless. Simply “being happy” wouldn’t cut it for a lot of those positions where there’s a need for a leader to push things forward, makes things happen and get things done. There’s “effort” required a-plenty in getting things done, a smile may ease the wheels, but it’s not the only thing in play.

        Armies don’t run themselves, nor do countries, bridges don’t magically appear because the guy who’s the leader is happy. Nor I’ll warrant does the cable TV get fixed all by itself, nor the electricity supply restored after a power outage, or indeed houses rebuilt after they are blown away by a hurricane. “Doing leaders” who expend effort are needed for all these things to happen.

        So I partially agree with you … but in the wider context and consideration of the quote, there’s many cases where I don’t.

        My interpretation of the quote is simply that things like diligence and persistence are a big part of what makes a leader. I don’t think just being happy is enough. Although it does GO A HELL OF LONG WAY towards someone being able to be diligent and persistent.

        Personally, I’d only ever willingly follow a leader who was willing to expend as much or more effort than me 😀 The same applies to spiritual and “work” leaders. There’s a lack of respect and humility in other situations.

      4. “I myself choose you as a Blog leader by following your BLOG. Is it what you consider Hard Work?”

        That’s very kind … however wasn’t where I expected to get when I set out on this journey … as for hard work, not much, I enjoy doing the blog, and it’s grows me tremendously as a person 😀

    1. We are disagreeing on grammar not issue. This is a post that brings up a lot of triggers for a lot of people. I believe lots of things make leaders. You spoke of respect and humility. Agreeing, I say GOOD leaders do not envy, the protect.

      As far as myself the only hard in the effort and persistence (work) here is the emotional control. That is rarely easy for most that are persistent enough. It is called MOOD. I look forward to your comments on my work. I find experience in all very useful. However I do warn you. I have a talent of seeing a lot in very little and I have been told by many it can get very, shall we say touchy, emotional with me.

      Good post!! Makes people think.

      1. Exactly … and passion and emotionality, should be tempered with wisdom, what you’re calling emotional control 😀

        It’s in my top 10 reasons why people disagree on things – the semantics of language. What I find disappointing is that the original wisdom can be lost in these discussions, which are largely irrelevant. For me I take what people say and how they say it “with a pinch of salt”, that is I try to see it from their point of view and what they mean by using those words … the classic one is the use of the word “jealous” vs “envy” …

        “He’s jealous of his boss because he has a bigger house” isn’t correct in my eyes, it should be “He’s envious of his boss because he has a bigger house” … however I still get what people are talking about, and probably wouldn’t bother to correct someone … reason being is that they understand the word jealous to mean the same thing as envious … so we’d be disagreeing perhaps pointlessly.

        AND I see you used the word envy instead of jealous, so I think you get that one !

        I said it already but “hard work” means to me, and probably plenty of others, simply – “a diligent work ethic” or similar. Hard to mean challenging, perhaps time consuming and not easy, rather than hard. So hard being the opposite of easy. Others might consider the word “hard” to mean difficult, painful, displeasurable, impossible, boring, mundane etc … and yes very much agreed that mood comes into whether work seems a curse or a blessing. No man (or woman) is omnipotent, so we all get exhausted sometimes which can lead to “hard work” being perceived as a curse. Rest and taking a break is the cure for that one.

        Happy to discuss with people, I often learn something, not necessarily about language, but more often about how others perceive things. Being able to comprehend how others perceive things, has it’s basis in empathy, and empathy I feel is another leadership quality.

        Many are touchy on things that matter. What counts I think is the already mentioned tempering with wisdom, which comes with maturity.

        Interesting discussion … and happy to discuss similar with you anytime 😀


  3. Leaders have usually gone through darkness and come out the other side with a deep consciousness of humankind. They understand that it is not just their words but actions that lead others .

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