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The eternal question still stands: what is good leadership? Here are answers from some of the world's best minds:

Leadership is an incredibly abstract concept. Today, Tatler Philippines dives deep into what it means, according to some of our most memorable leaders and thinkers. 

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Benigno Aquino III

In effect, heroes are really just ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times and respond properly.
Benigno Aquino III

The recent passing of former president, Benigno Aquino III, has brought the nation into mourning. The son of two of the Philippines' biggest political personalities, Benigno Aquino III, had been open about his why he intended to run for president in 2009. Accordingly, it was due to the clamour he heard of people encouraging him to run. His response was to follow. The former president has also been known to call the Filipino people "his bosses", saying: "kayo ang boss ko, kaya hindi maaaring hindi ako makinig sa mga utos ninyo". (You are my boss, which is why I must listen to your request). 

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Andre Malraux

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
Andre Malraux

Andre Malraux was a French novelist and supporter of Charles de Gaulle. After de Gaulle's election as president, Malraux served as Minister of Cultural Affairs for about a decade. He was also an anti-colonialist and avid traveller, having been to Asia multiple times. He has also been credited for founding the newspaper L'Indochine Enchaînée or "Indochina in Chains". 

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Stephen King

A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.
Stephen King

One of our favourite horror writers has some thoughts on leadership—and we have to say, we agree. The original quote appeared in his 2009 novel, Under the Dome, wherein a small Maine town is mysteriously sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field.

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Ronald Reagan

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
Ronald Reagan

The 40th United States president, Ronald Reagan, was best known for his goal to achieve “peace through strength” abroad. Though he increased defence spending by 35 per cent, Reagan's administration also sought to improve relations with the Soviet Union. By the end of his term, the United States had reportedly been enjoying its "longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession". 

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Mahatma Gandhi

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
Mahatma Gandhi

Internationally esteemed for promoting nonviolent protest, Mahatma Gandhi is among the most influential activists of his (and our) time. He sought independence of India from British forces and became an icon in the eyes of millions in the nation. In fact, the term given to him—"Mahatma"—means "Great Soul". 

 

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Warren Bennis

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.
Warren Bennis

For thirty-five years, Warren Bennis served as a business professor at the University of Southern California. Aside from that, he was also an author and a "leadership guru", as hailed by the Los Angeles Times. His book, On Becoming A Leader is often required reading for business students at universities across the United States. It has also been endorsed by the likes of John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

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John Buchan

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
John Buchan

John Buchan was a British statesman with a prolific career in politics and diplomacy. Yet, on the side he pursued a more creative career as a writer, publishing 50 books, most of which were fast-paced adventure stories beloved by his audience.