The more you know about leadership, the easier it will be to recognize the talent of a leader.
Despite the evident endeavors that he strives, Tus did not advance at all of his father's expectations, the king of Persia, Sharaman. In secret, he nourished the hope that he will manage to become king, just like his father, convinced that the decisions he had taken had been the most skillful.
Tus was brought in front of the king to give an explanation for the siege of the holy city of Alamut, which he made with the royal troops. The king, on whom you could read the disappointment on the face, looked sternly at his son and talked to him on an authoritarian tone of reproach:
- This. . . Your adventure will not please our allies. But I guess you have not thought about this. . .
Tus remained stunned to the blame of the king, to which words he could not justify. His total and pathetic aspiration to aggrandizement, especially his excitement, turned out to be negative. He was unsure of himself. He did not stop to look worried and his uncle, who was present, as if he wished to take his defense.
Sharaman King, thanks to knowledge's and his extraordinary practical wisdom, coupled with his unerring instinct to detect the strengths and weaknesses that were present in people, but especially in his son, told him gently in voice:
- I know you hardly wait to wear the crown, but believe me, you're not ready yet.
Leadership is rather a burden than an honor
Paraphrasing the Spanish diplomat Diego Saavedra Fajardo (1584-1648), I would say that leadership is rather a burden than an honor; the cares of a father burdened with children. It is very important for a leader to know the unusual impulses of his “children” hearts; and especially to distinguish the feeble nature of the proud ones, ambitious and eager to assert - but superficial, and the really strong and powerful that are able to take wise decisions and handle the power intuitively and safe.
The King Sharaman from the movie “Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time (2010)” did not appoint Tus as his successor, for the simple reason that he did not see in him the qualities of a skillful leader. His duty as a father was to instill in his son the love of virtue, to inspire him in gaining wisdom. But he has not heeded his advice and exhortations, but full of ambition and penchant for brilliance started an unnecessarily war, using more a pretext than clear evidence.
Tus's attempt to prove his leadership skills proved to be disastrous. His performance was to cost his father the honor and fame in front of the allied nations. The shame was to be a catastrophic sense for King Sharaman, at his age he would hardly have endured scorn and hatred directed against him.
After what criteria do you scale the potential of a leader?
According to King, his son's reasoning was only of a novice one. Only the thought that his son waited eagerly to take his precious place, although he was not prepared to face the responsibilities of a king, increased even more his pain. Consequently, the decision not to appoint him as his successor was a correct one. For a king, and respectively for a father, the most severe from all the punishment is to see his son (of that must be so proud of) a loser.
Only a wise man takes wise decisions. Sharaman King, who was unsurpassed in wisdom and has a big heart, was aware that leaders are chosen based on their skills. And he knew very well how he is looking like a potentially good leader. As a result, weighing the talents of his three sons, found that the most worthy would be none other than Dastan, his adopted son, who finally become the “Prince of Persia”.
In leader's life comes a moment when he has to entrust the relay to another one, but not everyone. Possessing maturity in thinking and experience, he must discern carefully between true and false, choosing someone with truly leadership qualities and to be recognized for these qualities by the rest of the team. The arbitrary choice in this situation can become an irreparable disaster. Do the more he knows better the leadership, the better the choice will be easier and more reliable.
In the name of the father
The leader is like a parent who takes care of his children. He is like a loving father who never ceases to watch over all that is positive and effective in his children's education, to talk to them, to counsel them and guide them on the right track, and rebuke them when they get on their own guilt on the brink.
The “Children” must be open to the suggestions of their father, who having more experience cannot advise them wrong. But above all they have to realize that whenever they are making a decision or start taking an action, are taken in their names, but inevitably passes on their father's reputation.