Leadership in all sectors of human activities is the most debated subject in the modern-day corporation since a leader determines much in terms of the performance of his or her subordinates. Meaningful leadership therefore demands a certain level and quality of awareness that is uncommon of many people.
The authentic leader understand the need to break the psychological barriers between him and his subordinates and partners. I will elaborate this aspect with an anecdote of Abraham Lincoln during the civil war in America during the mid-1860s. Lincoln was a very wise man who had a penchant for recognizing true performance of his Generals in the war and was very cordial to them.
His unequaled humor explains a lot about his own innate spiritual evolution and cultivation since he always reasoned beyond the capacities of a leader of his level, a quality that makes him stand out from the long list of dramatis personae of other world leaders. He had a certain elusive ordinariness and awakening beneath his character.
Abraham Lincoln (U.S. president, 1860s) was always receiving severe criticisms about the way he was conducting the war.
“Grant is a drunkard,” complained a hostile delegation.
“So Grant gets drunk, does he?” queried Lincoln.
“He does and we can prove it,” was the hot reply.
“Well then, as a favor to me,” said Lincoln, “will you find out what brand of whiskey Grant drinks. I want to send a barrel to him and each of my generals.”
Grant was a military general who performed his duties diligently and won battles in the field regardless of his problem with alcohol. Thus a great leader is able to clearly perceive of an individual over and beyond the mere body and mind of the person.