After reading an article from Inc.com, I found myself wondering that almost every great leader that made history in the world had his or her own quirks, which helped propel themselves to the temporary and land-marking success they have. The article referred to Steve Jobs, and definitely, Apple’s biggest game-changing CEO was narcissistic as hell.
Okay, so let’s focus on Cleopatra.
Cleopatra was also a narcissist. She put her own needs before her servants and others’ needs. In this way, she became powerful because she inspired others that they can share in her glory. During those early times, well, some individuals were in league with the reputation of deities, so you will understand people believed anything especially if their self-will is very weak.
Then let’s focus on Julius Caesar.
Rome’s famous emperor had a knack for being a control freak, and a narcissist himself. He made monuments of himself inside the emperor’s palace he built for himself. However, his narcissism had inspired a great nation into beauty, which we still marvel in the present day. He made immortal the stories of those who died during his day and age. Of course I know that it is possible the victors wrote and glorified some of the opposition in the past.
Truly, I have to admit that the greatest leaders in history had made great changes. But the thing is, I couldn’t incline other leaders in the present day in the same way as these historic leaders worked things out for their people. I guess greed, a very dark trait, didn’t bring anything to people, well, possibly except a bit of dominance against others.