“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” - Bill Gates
When things are going good any one can lead successfully. When the ship is sailing smoothly any captain can sail it successfully. However, when faced with storm the real captains come to the fore and steer the ship successfully to the shore.
There are leaders who proved their leadership abilities when things were going good. However, they failed miserably when things went awry thus hitting rock bottom. When we look at leaders like Abraham Lincoln, he was an amazing example of taking the leadership baton when America was passing through a major crisis of North vs. South and sailing smoothly by demonstrating extraordinary leadership qualities and maintaining the unity of America. He also managed slavery and played a crucial role in abolition of slavery.
When political leaders remain in opposition it is tough to maintain their flock together as the ruling party attracts the key people from opposition to break the ranks and join the ruling political parties. The political leaders need to demonstrate their true leadership skills and constantly motivate their cadre to stay disciplined. They must raise hope among their party people for staging back to power. Of course, it is easier said than done to retain flock intact especially when the political parties are in opposition.
There will be a section of people who will also demotivate the people when the political party in opposition. Besides, problems come in battalions during failures. The leaders must spot such people and show the door as they spoil the rest of the people. They must continuously motivate themselves as well as their flock during failures to ensure victory finally. In fact, tough times are great times to learn lessons for leaders and to bring out the best among them. Hence, leaders must be careful during failures to charge up themselves constantly and also their followers to achieve success finally.
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