Wanted, a Leader

Architects of Fate or, Steps to Success and Power written by Orison Swett Marden in 1895 begins with this poem.

“Wanted; men:
Not systems fit and wise,
Not faiths with rigid eyes,
Not wealth in mountain piles,
Not power with gracious smiles,
Not even the potent pen:
Wanted; men.”

Obviously this was written long ago and much has changed since it was published but if you replace the word “men” with leader you reach the same conclusion.

The world has a standing advertisement over the door of every profession, every occupation, every calling; “Wanted – A Leader.”

Wanted, a leader who will not lose his individuality in a crowd, a leader who has the courage of his convictions, who is not afraid to say “No,” though all the world says “Yes.”

Wanted, a leader who is larger than his calling, who values his occupation more than merely being a means of making a living.

Wanted, a leader who sees self-development, education, culture, discipline and character as a means to his success.

Wanted, a leader who is symmetrical and not one sided in his development, who manages all areas of his life with the same energy. A leader who is well-balanced and does not lack courage.

To be a leader you need to poses certain qualities and skills. Luckily, they are all within your reach. The key to being a great leader is to change as the world changes, use common sense, to be upright, pure and generous.

The world wants a leader who has a rounded education consisting of school, training and life experiences. Whose nerves are at their acutest sensibility, whose brain is cultured, keen, incisive, penetrating, broad, liberal, and deep.

The world is looking for such a leader; could it be you?

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