Volodymyr Zelenskyy showed true leadership to the world when he said he did not need a ride, that he needed ammunition. He could have gone into hiding, left the country, and left his people behind to deal with Russia, but he didn't. He stayed and supported the citizens of his country. Everyone should take note, that is what a true leader does, they stay, they lead by example. If you are a business owner, a teacher, or someone that has a position that you oversee others, this trait should be one you would want to adopt. He is spending his time on the phone with his allies, and working his position while on the run, no one could imagine what that must be like.
Who is he?
At the age of 44, his past career as an actor and he is also a comedian who won the presidency in a landslide victory for his anti-corruption platform with a sizable following in 2019. Zelensky was born to Jewish parents in the industrial metropolis of Kryvyy Rih in southern Ukraine. When he was a small child, his family relocated to Erdenet, Mongolia, for four years before returning to Kryvyy Rih, where Zelensky entered school. Like many people from Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region, he grew up as a native Russian speaker, but he also acquired fluency in both Ukrainian and English. In 1995 he entered Kryvyy Rih Economic Institute, the local campus of Kyiv National Economic University, and in 2000 he graduated with a law degree. He now has a 91% approval rating according to the polls but many were skeptical at first because how he would hit his agenda was "broad" according to critics. He placed friends and loyal associates in positions of power within the country.
Why do some leaders "hold their cards close?"
When you are in a leadership position or clearly see your objective, it can be difficult to articulate the exact words for those around you to truly understand your objective. It would not be too far-fetched to believe Zelenskyy deals with that. Sometimes, it is hard to explain what you see in your head, leaders deal with this struggle daily. Of course, in political positions, that is not something the voters want to hear. What he DID share, is he was going to fight corruption. Taking on something or someone that is bigger than you is a scary scenario for anyone but is especially tough for a leader.
This should motivate us all to do better.
In a post covid world, we have all accepted that people do less and expect twice as much in return. It is a breath of fresh air to see someone that stood on his promise and did exactly what he said he would do. As leaders, it should motivate us to stand on the same principles