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20 May 2022, 12:36

Lukashenko opines on what it takes to be a leader

MINSK, 20 May (BelTA) – At the meeting with activists of Belarus' pioneer organization Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told the children what it takes to become a leader, BelTA has learned.

The head of state was asked what makes a leader and whether leaders are born or made.

“I guess that at your age not everyone wants to be a leader. And I believe that one should be born with innate leadership skills. If you want to be a leader… What does it mean ‘being a leader'? It is not just about dominating at school, in your class, romping around. To be a leader, you must prove your worth, establish your authority in the eyes of your peers. To be a leader is to be followed. If they don't follow you, what kind of leader are you. Leadership should be earned by deeds. This is important,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

A person born with leadership potential should develop leadership skills throughout their entire life, the Belarusian leader is convinced. In this regard, he recalled his well-known expression: “Presidents are not made, presidents are born.”

“The inclinations to become a president should be innate. If you don't have this, you can still become a president, you will be a literate, educated person, but you will not be a leader. A president must be a leader. If he is not a leader, he is a weak president,” Aleksandr Lukashenko believes.

“To be a leader, you have to grind, so that your fellows [would say]: yes, we will follow him. You should stand out both at school and at work,” the head of state added.

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