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Things we can Learn from Volodymyr Zelensky's Effective Leadership

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

As the world watches the war Russia’s Vladimir Putin has waged against Ukraine, a hero has emerged from the assumed hopeless situation. This courageous leader is Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, former actor and comedian who had actually played the role in a popular TV show of a high school history teacher who was elected as the president of Ukraine.

We can learn from President Zelensky, an ordinary person, how to become great leaders in our own lives. Three things about his leadership stand out to me.

  • He leads by example by staying and fighting with his people, instead of fleeing to safety and leading from afar.

  • By using constant communication, he is an encouragement to the Ukrainian people and is uniting most of the world with efforts to stop the invasion.

  • He has made it clear he will never give up in defending his people, their culture, their homes and livelihoods, and most of all, their freedom.

Think about applying these inspiring qualities to areas of your own life, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, a coach, teacher, CEO, administrative assistant, soldier, etc. For example, an administrative assistant can become a true asset to an organization by going the extra mile by bringing new ideas and improvements to the efficiency and/or the atmosphere of the office. Have a positive attitude and encourage unity among coworkers. Communicate well by responding to emails quickly, being polite to clients, and building up coworkers. When it seems like everything is going wrong, don’t give up.

Here is a link to an excellent article from Walden University that gives 10 essential qualities of a good leader.


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