Modernised mugshots of great leaders: Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Dalai lama, Martin Luther King and Barack Obama

1.1a Can you name three great leaders and identify why they inspire you?

NOTE: Please be aware that the information on this page is a very rough draft and has not been fact-checked so should be used accordingly (taken with a pinch of salt)! However, it should (hopefully) give you some pointers and set you off in the right direction.

The first question in the Manager Induction Standards workbook asks you to name three great leaders and explain why they are inspirational to you.

Who you choose does not really matter. The important part is being able to recognise their leadership qualities and how they contributed to their achievements.

I chose the following people:

Name What makes them inspirational?
GhandiAchieved major political change using peaceful means.
Dalai LamaCreated Tibetan parliament and educational system after being exiled from Tibet.

Promotes peace, loving kindness and tolerance.

Albert EinsteinMade many scientific discoveries that changed the way we think about the world.  

But you could choose anybody that you think was able to lead others or was a pioneer of their time. Some people you may consider are:

  • Pope Francis
  • Donald Trump
  • Muhammad
  • Rupaul
  • Adolf Hitler (despite his abhorrence, he was an effective leader)
  • Winston Churchill
  • Nelson Mandela
  • George Washington
  • Alexander the Great
  • Ghengis Kahn
  • Florence Nightingale