When one thinks of Genghis Khan, it isn’t generally a thought about what his leadership style might have been. Yet throughout the life of Khan, we all get a glimpse of what it truly means to be an evolutionary leader. Although certain people have a natural talent for leading others, leadership is a skill that can be effectively taught and implemented so that any average person can become a tremendous leader!
Here’s what we can learn from Genghis Khan so that we can each become more effective leaders in our own unique way.
1. Build Perseverance
As the story goes, a young Genghis Khan would take a cupful of water in his mouth and then run up and then down the mountain near his home. The goal was simple: if he could spit out the water when he returned to his starting point, he would be in good enough shape to make the trek by breathing only through his nose without needing additional water or air to sustain him. It took time and practice to develop this skill, but it was eventually done. If Khan had given up after a time of not being successful, he would never have found success!
2. Keep Your Focus
There’s a lot of distractions available in today’s world. Even a simple distraction like a social media notification chime can throw someone off from their entire day. Now imagine staying focused for an entire lifetime! Genghis Khan had life goals that he wanted to have met, so he stayed the course, planned out specific ways to accomplish those goals, and then implemented those plans. He didn’t get distracted by other goals that chimed for his attention.
3. Do What You Say You’ll Do
It’s one thing to talk a good game. It’s another thing to back up those words with effective actions that get results. Someone who is all talk is someone who is just filled with pride and arrogance. Someone who can walk their talk, however, is someone who is filled with confidence. Don’t get the two confused with each other as many tend to do: confidence is a good thing. Arrogance will simply lead to defeat.
4. Don’t Be the Best One on the Team
The real secret to success is that you shouldn’t be the very best at what you do on your team. You should be surrounding yourself with people who are the very best at what they do because in this way, you’re getting a varied set of talents that will help to take your team even further than you could take it by yourself. Now you may not need to worry about a younger warrior trying to assassinate you to gain your power like Khan may have, but you do need to make sure that everyone is on the same page, working toward the same goal.
5. Let People Believe Whatever They Want
One of the most cantankerous subjects that co-workers can talk about is religion. Even worse than politics, religions cuts to the very soul of a person and for many, it defines their morality and character. As a leader, Khan learned to let people believe whatever they wanted to believe because if you single groups of people out, they’ll begin to feel persecuted. Once that happens, you’ll turn any support you may have into a desire for vengeance and defeat. You stand together as a team!
Genghis Khan is considered one of the world’s greatest generals, even to this day; because of these 5 leadership lessons and more that we can learn from his life. Implement them today so that you may be able to conquer your future too!