What does it take to become a good leader? In my opinion, being a good leader is not about how rich, you are or what position you are at, it is all about “who” you are. There are three characteristics that I consider to be the most important parts of becoming a successful and respectful leader. The leader has to be eloquent, generous, and courageous.
First, you might ask why being eloquent is so important? Take the newly elected president of the United States of America – Barack Obama for example. He is an eloquent speaker that can make people have faith in him. People believe in that he can really bring a change to their beloved country. This time, the president election is competitive, both McCain and Obama are considered a possible leader for America. Other than great policies, I think the key of Obama’s winning is his eloquent speeches. From the beginning of the election, Senator Obama made his point that “He’s asking people to believe not just in his ability to bring about real change in Washington, but he’s asking people to believe in themselves.” In addition, on the President-Elect night, Obama said, “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.” He also addressed that the coming “change” of the United Sates is the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Futhurmore, Senator Obama stated that they will, and always will be, the United States of America. Words like this really touched people’s heart. I think that’s why even conservative people voted for Obama because they trusted him and had faith in him. Therefore, I think being eloquent is an important characteristic for a leader; it’s the key to make people believe in what a leader can do.
Second, being generous is also important. Bill Gates, one of the richest people on the world. Even though his is rich, he never keeps all the profit in his pocket. He gave bonus money to workers in his company. That is why people respect him so much; even his competitor respects him too. Generous as Bill Gates, people in his company will then be more than willing to work for him. Besides, I believe they will work much harder. That is the key to Bill Gates’s success. Not to mention it is hard not to be greedy while you are in such a competitive business. His generosity toward his workers really makes him a respectful leader.
Last, a leader should be courageous. For instance, Dr. Matin Luther King, a prominent leader who devoted himself into the black civil rights movement. Moving into a new State, Dr. King had never thought of becoming the leader in the civil rights movement. However, when he was nominated and elected as the leader, he did not say “no.” Even though he knew, this work might kill him. After taking this job, he got threaten calls. Some people started to criticize him that a priest should not interfere with politic issue. However, Dr. King was brave. He had made up his mind that it is time to take action. In addition, he did take his words into action. At the beginning was the boycott, and then he started to negotiate with the government. Last, he made the best speech of the world in front of thousands of people and encouraged them that we should never give up our dreams. All those things he did might just catch him into huge trouble. However, Dr. King still went for it, because it was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, he was assassinated in 1968. Even though he had passed away, but his spirit had lasted in everyone’s heart. I believed Dr. King knew he was in danger, but he kept up his promise to change the world.
Being eloquent, generous, and courageous makes a person not only a leader, but also makes them much more respectful. With these qualities, any person can be a good leader. What does it take to become a good leader? Eloquent, Generosity, and Courage are the answer!