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February 06, 2012

Entrepreneurs or Leaders

Going back to some real life examples on leaders presented by Paul last week, and thinking of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, or maybe the lady behind the business of Salinas Bikini “Jacqueline De Biase”, and other successful entrepreneurs who started by themselves their own businesses as a simple idea then turned to a whole successful business later then. A thought flashed into my mind about whether those people are entrepreneurs or leaders? Or were they first entrepreneurs then became leaders? Or were they both entrepreneurs and leaders?

Well, in my view, I don’t think Zuckerberg, or Biase are leaders, they are successful entrepreneurs. Although Zuckerberg absolutely changed the world, and the way we live and interact, but still this does not make him a leader.

Some of those successful people didn’t have the vision at the first stage, and even when Paul said that living the gap between the reality and what you really aim - is the case, yet I don’t think this is the case, because some people do what they really like to do, they have the passion, innovation, and ambition, and in doing so they attain what they aimed, and therefore they might change the world in some aspects or change the way we live, or think.

This is so controversy, some might agree and some might disagree about this. However there is a thin line between these two terms. Some great entrepreneurs are not exceptional leaders and vice versa, yet it is relatively easier to become an entrepreneur, while being a leader is much harder to make those around you follow you, especially in the beginning of your journey, as Gandhi said “First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win."

Is this the case, or am I missing anything here?

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