Great leaders also make great leadership speakers. After all, leaders are made now and then, but only a great leadership speaker manages to charm, motivate and enthral a large group of people into a new path. If you delve into this theory a few times, it may start to make some sense. But let us give you a clear idea.
What Makes A Great Leader?
You are a good speaker when you teach your students or give good advice to your friends, but does that make you a leader or a leadership speaker? What you have to understand is that great leaders, as we know, are made, through mistakes, experiences and knowledge.
When we think about great leaders, what traits do we associate first? Charisma, charm, confidence, leadership quality and hope for a better future. All of this pertains to what makes a leader so popular.
Yet, how can we know these traits of the great leaders who have gone before us and those who are rising today? We recognise their personalities through their demeanour, appearance, and most importantly, their speech.
Power of speech is the strongest quality a great leader has. Not everyone is born with it but they can learn the art of public speaking or get inspired by it. What is more important is listening, not speaking.
If you do not have anything good to input or share with your audience as a leader, then do not speak. Rather listen to their thoughts, opinions and feedback and form answers to the same. This is an important attribute in a great leader that most of us forget. Great leaders listen and are inspired by those around them.
Not Just Leadership Speakers
Leadership speakers are not people who speak about how they would lead their people and country ahead towards peace, success and a brighter future. They are also motivational speakers as well as inspirational speakers.
Great leaders fuel the fire inside you to be a better person, guide you towards public service and motivate you to do your part for the sake of the people around you. A great example of this comes from President John F. Kennedy’s oath-taking speech, where he said:
“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”
The line motivates and inspires you to be patriotic towards your land and perform your civic duty towards people’s welfare.
Winston Churchill delivered a speech in the House of Commons, in 1940 where he reiterated how under the most terrible of circumstances in the brutal war that was raging, the goal of victory is near.
Churchill himself was a famed orator and this was his famous “We shall fight on the beaches” speech. He was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at that time and led Britain into victory in World War II.
“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,…”
What makes the speech special is the underlying message given by the great leader to his country’s citizens to have faith and show bravery in the face of the enemy.
Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born
So, you get the gist that great leaders are not only great leadership speakers who only talk about winning and goals. The ability to motivate people around you and inspire them to do better for their and everyone’s sake is a special quality.
But you must understand that great leaders are made, not born. They are inspired and motivated by other people who seek to turn the world into a better place by improving the lives of everyone around them.
And more often than not, great leaders of today attest to the fact that their first step towards leadership came after hearing a keynote address or conference address at their school, workplace or public events.
Great leadership speakers develop their skills over time by hearing others such as motivational speakers, inspirational speakers, athlete speakers and more.
What Can Leadership Speakers Do Youth & Adults?
Emma Stone delivered a moving and inspiring speech on gender equality at the UN. Along with Angelina Jolie and Priyanka Chopra, she is one of the many celebrity speakers who have become UN representatives for causes such as gender equality and women’s rights.
Together, through their motivational speeches and actions, they have inspired millions globally to make the world a better place for all, irrespective of gender.
A keynote address at a school assembly and conference speech at an office event may turn a life around for some people. People feel more positive, motivated and inspired to make big changes in life, step out of their comfort zone and learn new things. Some even grow up to be great leaders themselves.
Therefore, it’s always a good idea to invite an addressee or keynote speaker to your event. Embrace the opportunity to book a speaker and inspire people to achieve their goals.