A leader is a person who inspires. He brings the best out of his people and they, in turn, follow him in the realization of his goals. In other words, a true leader communicates his aspirations and creates a shared passion for a common objective.
In order to be effective, a leader must first believe in his vision so as to be able to convey his thoughts to others and consequently convince them of the importance of his idea. As a result, such a leader can guide people with a firm hand and at the same time create resonance. Finally, empathy is probably the main emotional intelligence competency that a great leader must demonstrate and as the saying goes, "you can't judge someone until you have walked a mile in his shoes".
Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who overcame cancer and devoted his life in the foundation he created for cancer patients, is a very good modern example of a visionary leader.
Since he survived this disease, his mission in life became to help others have a better chance when fighting with cancer. Still, he is always facing reality, both when he was a patient and now when he helps others fight cancer. Lance never tried to hide the truth either from himself or his fellow patients, but instead struggled to unite them and give them a common purpose; to fight.
"I'm really glad that our young people missed the Depression, and missed the great big war. But I do regret that they missed the leaders that I knew. Leaders who told us when things were tough, and that we would have to sacrifice, and these difficulties might last awhile. They didn't tell us things were hard for us because we were different, or isolated, or special interests. They brought...