A freelance writer since 2011 and has been graduated from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi, India
Emerging leaders - Barack Obama.
Every new president raises many questions in the public mind. A lot of people were asking whether Barack Obama would be able to achieve his ambitious goals and become a change in the history of America. Who is this Barack Obama?
Obama was a relative newcomer to the national political scene. He goes for new challenges whenever he achieves new heights. This quality of his setting increased and more significant challenges ushered him to the post of American President.
I observed something exceptional in Barack Obama. One thing that I observed is that he is not hesitant to be surrounded by other brilliant people from whom he gets advice. He acquires creative ideas from them. He attends meetings with a liberal heart. He is not stuck up with ego. He is willing to pursue creative ideas. He is willing to listen. He is not like many of us. We attend meetings with a made-up mind and will not let others crush our ego. It is possible because of this ego problem, we are not receptive or willing to change and not growing.
When we look at his background, a half white, half black, raised by his maternal grandparents since he was 10, who never encountered his father, achieved the most significant height a man can achieve. What about me and you? Many of us may say, "it's luck" that he attained that position. It is not luck or surroundings or genetics or color, etc., but he is taking focused actions every day with a calculated risk in his life. He has gone through the steps of learning, growing, teaching, writing, earning, and gaining the trust and support, etc. But not afraid of the challenge. He remains a seeker of challenges. Set his mind on his Goal. He grew up to be a leader who comes out to address the most urgent problems of mankind.
We require hundreds of leaders who are not afraid to rise up not for their gain but to address the problems of ordinary people. When you do that, it will bring fame and money. It includes responsibility.
Do we recognize what is anticipating us tomorrow? If you fathom the secret of these successful people, you might effectively follow them with a determination to accomplish many things that you desire to achieve. There is no fear but learning, growing, and become successful. Every day you wake up with a determination to improve and grow.
Be willing to face the reality of Life.
Many times there will be criticism, defeat, setbacks, pitfall, etc. You may have to face these challenges. You may commit mistakes. Do not allow them to hold you back. Keep growing. Wherever you are, whatever you are undertaking, does it with a determination to succeed. You may be a worker, a mother, a teacher, a preacher, a housewife, an officer, a trainer, or whatever may be your profession, does your work with a determination to succeed.
No one can prevent you from doing your best. Only you can restrict you from succeeding. When severe situations come up in your life, precisely perform what you required to do and keep going forward. Sounds good and possible for others but impossible for you? Allow me to tell you it is possible for you. You just need to develop that mindset.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Jacob
Floyd Phillips on June 21, 2011:
I've been surfing online greater than three hours these days, yet I by no means found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It's pretty worth sufficient for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you probably did, the internet will probably be a lot more useful than ever before.
Mitch Turnure from South Jersey on April 03, 2011:
Tobey100 and Publius 1787 nailed it...he has surrounded himself with radicals who stand diametrically opposed to the Constitution...
jacobkuttyta, we share the same Father, but I believe you are confusing charisma with character...
Madu. Sojachukwu on June 14, 2010:
I entirely agree with you, Jacobs. The man Barack Obama is someone am presently understudying 'cos am often times inspired by him. Thanks
American Romance from America on April 07, 2010:
How can one truly lead without experience, hes never had a business of his own, he has no idea the hardships true working Americans go thru or what we face each day. I am sorry so many of you see him in this light. Im not angry but sad, this man is arrogant, he doesnt listen to the people he is selfish and forced health care down our throats all the while the country is begging him to focus on jobs and allowing millions to save their cars, homes and personal lives, those that appreciate him are in the minority of current voters, him and his party will be defeated by numbers you have never witnessed in an election during your lifetimes. ..... your view however was very interesting
Publius 1787 on January 23, 2010:
Barack Obama had and has great potential but is squandering it by believing and acting on the premise that our Constitutional structure is flawed and has to be changed by the raw exercise of power and the manipulation of public opinion. He promised transparency but gave us czars with power to make major decisions without public debate. Instead of asking the American people to change the Constitutional structure through amendment, he has tried to do it by sheer force of Presidential power backed by a frightened Democratic majority in Congress. When it came to concluding health care legislation, this Congress decided to try to reconcile the differences between Senate and House versions through back room, secret bargaining rather than open debate. Obama could have done the right thing and openly urged Congress to debate the differences and let the people be heard. He didn't, and now has a mess on his hands with the Republicans in the Senate winning back the filibuster through the Massachusetts senatorial election. Also, both bills are purposefully vague with the details to be sketched out in the administrative rule making process, which the President controls. This will be headed up, if we get that far, by Cass Susstein, one of the czars, who in his book "Nudge," advocates small end runs around the Constitution to ease Americans toward a "progressive" government where the general welfare is totally determined by the federal government insulated from public opinion. He also advocates the allocation of health care to those whose cost-benefit profile makes them more deserving of treatment. I won't use the terms soscialism or rationing, so readers can draw their own conclusions.
Obama does believe in a radical change in American government to redistribute wealth and shrink the national ecomonic engine to permit a more environmentally friendly life style. He should lay his cards on the table, propose an amendment to the Constitution that would give Congress express powers to harness the American economy, and then debate the hell out of his position in an effort to sell it to the American people. Then you can argue with his vision but no one could accuse him of not being transparent. And if and until he gets the changes he wants, he should fire the czars and stop the "nudging." But as a poltician, he knows that he was elected because the American people thought he would be a moderate dedicated to tuning the American engine, not throwing it out and replacing it with a new one. Be the man of vision and principle that the American people thought they were electing, Mr. President, not the down in the dirt Chicago politican that has emerged in your first year in office.
tobey100 from Whites Creek, Tennessee on January 06, 2010:
Good read. Two things though, what has Obama accomplished exactly and I don't believe I'd hold out the people he seeks advice from as examples. Even Obama has had to pull away from many of them.
Jacob (author) from Delhi, India on December 22, 2009:
Thanks all for your visits and comments
GPSWorldTraveler from Washington State, USA on December 03, 2009:
A very lovely and thoughtful article. Thank you for taking the time to express yourself. When President Obama was voted in as president, my heart soared! I especially resonated to these inspirational words which you wrote "We never know what is tomorrow?... There is no fear, but learning, growing and succeeding. Every day you wake up with a determination to grow and succeed." Best Always, GPS
Ronnie Sowell from South Carolina on November 03, 2009:
I disagree totally but thanks for the interesting hub. I'll send it to Fox! LOL!!
RevLady from Lantana, Florida on October 28, 2009:
One of the outstanding qualities that I admire about President Obama is, as you stated, "he is not afraid to surrounded by other brilliant people from whom he get advice." This action reminded me of a CEO at a hospice who assumed the position when the previous CEO was terminated. Unlike the previous, she immediately surrounded herself with those who possessed expertise in areas she did not. She never demonstrated intimidation and allowed maximum freedom in the performance of responsibilities. Needless to say, this hospice census skyrocketed. In my estimation, this is a key leadership quality. All leaders are subject to ridicule as we all are really. What occurs on a national scale also occurs in our families, on our jobs, in our communities and so forth. Regardless, leadership skills remain what it is. Interesting hub. Thank you.
Jyoti Kothari from Jaipur on October 21, 2009:
Nice hub. Citizens of America were mad of Obama . However, situation has changed and people of America started campaign against him.
Thanks for a nice hub.
Jacob (author) from Delhi, India on September 15, 2009:
Kartika thanks for visiting my hub. I also admire the leadrship quality of Mr. Obama
kartika damon from Fairfield, Iowa on September 15, 2009:
I am also a fan of Barack Obama! He is an amazing individual!
Jacob (author) from Delhi, India on September 01, 2009:
BK creative, You are right. We need true leaders like him.
Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment.
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on September 01, 2009:
I've followed his career long before he ran for President. When I vote I am well informed. President Obama has previously accomplished so much that we never hear about.
For example, there are so many people crying over being turned into independent contractors by gigantic corporations - therefore depriving them of all benefits (and the states of weekly taxes) - he was one of only two US senators who fought for change.
Leadership qualities do not shine through by what you say - it is by what you do all the time. His long-time adult credentials are impeachable or he never would have made it to office in this biased culture.
Our representative government remains self-serving, so much so that he was mocked for being a community organizer, for being on the ground in his early days, by those running for high office.
These words have never been truer 'you get the government you deserve' - and we truly have. Fortunately, there are enough disfranchised and young people and the internet to help us effect change. We want true leaders that can effect change, not the usual mouth pieces.
Thanks for some talk on what it takes to be a true leader.