Thursday, December 1, 2016

5 Things Visionary Leaders Know

RIP Fidel Castro

 Sunrise August 13, 1926

Sunset November 25, 2016

Written by JK Maxwell

Depending on what media you view, Fidel Castro is a hero or tyrant. Was Fidel a controversial and divisive world figure? Castro is decorated with various international awards, and his supporters laud him as a champion of socialism and anti-imperialism whose revolutionary regime secured Cuba's independence from American imperialism. Conversely, critics viewed him as a dictator whose administration oversaw human-rights abuses, the exodus of a large number of Cubans, and the impoverishment of the country's economy. Through his actions and his writings, he has significantly influenced the politics of various individuals and groups across the world.


Fidel Castro (right) during his 1977 visit to Jamaica with then Prime Minister Michael Manley

Castro had a deep influence on Cuba’s nearest neighbor, Jamaica, especially during the years 1972-1980 when Michael Manley was in power. This comradely relationship was almost predictable as Manley. Although Jamaica’s Prime Minister wanted community-based projects and the shared desire of creating a new world economic and political order, the CIA intervened. Democrat Socialism was not in Jamaica for too long. After the honeymoon period ends, we must examine what it takes to become an effective leader. Here are some traits:

1   1.   Know about international events. It is a small world after all; how will the UK pound, Canadian  loonie or US dollar impact your savings or investments? The dollar is going to collapse. What are you doing to prepare for that inevitable? Invest in silver.
2   2.    Know what is next. What you do today, will impact you tomorrow. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.
3   3.    Know your purpose. Define you. Don’t go along to get along. Relish in your uniqueness. Be the orange on the gray canvas; Gadhafi is gone but will never be forgotten.
4   4.    Know how to become an open minded listener. You can hear something but are you listening? The only way the entrepreneur can tap a niche  to provide a product or service is to listen to the customer’s needs. That is also how politicians win elections. i.e Donald trump spoke to the psychological needs of poor and working class Whites, especially White men.

5    5.   Know how to be persistent. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Keep going and remember: When someone tells you it can’t be done, it’s more a reflection of their limitation not yours. Figure out a way to break through.