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April 02, 2018 Monday 04:23:08 PM IST

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Leadership Instincts

Julius Caesar- the powerful leader in Roman history, possessed great leadership skills. Beyond his undeniable ability for strategy, the roman general outstood because of his personal leadership lessons over his army, to whom he knew how to transmit his vision and wisdom. Here are some of the qualities he possessed.

* Connection with his soldiers:

Back in Rome, it was said that Caesar knew the names of each and every soldier fighting with him. That personal connection was a chance to win the confidence of his army. A leader doesn’t need to be “best friends” with every member of his team, but from this story we can learn that having a personal connection with coworkers is something positive, because it reduces the gaps that may exist in an office and strengthens leadership.

* Communication skills:

Julius Caesar, as many other politicians and soldiers in Roman times, was also a good orator. He used to show up, impeccably dressed, at the Roman Senate, and addressed his soldiers with vehement speeches. A good leader cares about learning communication techniques that will help him correctly convey messages and engage the team. 

* Share information:

A great part of the success of the roman legions was the information troops had available on the battlefield. Every centurion had as much information on the battle plan as the very Julius Caesar did. 

*Equip them correctly: 

Roman soldiers were trained to use gladius –small pointy daggers- with which they conquered half the world. Far from that powerful image of great swords and spears, the legions were specialized in the use of these small weapons, light but effective. Like Caesar, the tools you have available will be those which will make you reach success. Learn to use them correctly and develop your skills in order to max out your own potential and that of the people around you.

*Accept your responsibility:

Caesar was always close to his troops. In spite of the danger, the roman general wanted to communicate directly with his army because he knew that meant a boost to his soldier’s moral. He ate with them, slept with them, bled with them. Being close to his men also allowed him to identify weaknesses and make quick decisions to correct mistakes.

*Celebrate achievements:

Julius Caesar made sure that everyone knew about his victories, many of which he wrote down and became classics. It is important that you learn to communicate everything you achieve, so that the team will feel a part of a common project and your leadership will be strengthened. You may be interested in: 10 classical rules of leadership.

* Don’t delegate the most unpleasant tasks:

In Roman times, it was common to punish deserters, never minding whether they were friends or family. Caesar himself was personally in charge of this hard task, one of the hardest a soldier can face. Obviously, this one is a rather extreme example, but from it we can learn that, like Julius Caesar, a good leader mustn’t sit back and wait for others to do hard tasks for him.

* Take a risk:

Julius Caesar took on the risks which came with his leadership. A leader must be brave and take risks.