Leaders that inspired you
Leaders are those who influence
others towards the achievement of certain goals.
After studying the biography of many of historical and
contemporary leaders it can be concluded that up to some extent leadership
qualities are inherent but good leaders are created or made, they are not born.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born on 7
October 1952. He is a Russian politician who is serving as the President of the
Russian Federation since 7 May 2012,
previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008. He was Prime
Minister of the Russian Federation from 1999
until 2000, and again from 2008 until 2012. During his second term as Prime Minister, he was the chairman of
the ruling United Russia party.
Putin was a KGB foreign
intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel before retiring in 1991 to enter
politics in Saint Petersburg. He moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President Boris
Yeltsin’s administration, rising quickly through
the ranks and becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999.
As president, vladimir Putin is known for his
nationalism and patriotism – traits that can be traced back to his youth. A profile of
Putin that said he once refused to read a book
by a Soviet traitor. The reason was because he didn’t “read books by
people who have betrayed the Motherland”. In 2014, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by
a Russian advocacy group that promotes peace. According to the National
Geographic, Putin earned the nomination for his part in finding a
solution through non-military means to punish the Syrian government for its use
of chemical weapons.
Putin further asserted that the U.S. claim that Bashar al-Assad used
the chemical weapons on civilians might be misplaced, with the more likely
explanation being the unauthorized use of the weapons by Syrian rebels. He
closed the piece by welcoming the continuation of an open dialogue between the
involved nations to avoid further conflict in the region.
Promising both political and economic reforms, Putin set about
restructuring the government and launching criminal investigations into the
business dealings of high-profile Russian citizens. He also continued Russia’s
military campaign in Chechnya. In September 2001, in response to the terrorist
attacks on the United States, Putin announced Russia’s support for the United
States in its anti-terror campaign.
In late October 2017, Putin was personally
involved in alarming form of aerial warfare when he oversaw a late-night
military drill that resulted in the launch of four ballistic missiles across
the country. The drill came during a period of escalating tensions in the
region, with Russian neighbor North Korea also drawing attention for its
missile tests and threats to engage the U.S. in a destructive conflict. In
December 2017, Putin announced he was ordering Russian forces to begin
withdrawing from Syria, saying the country’s two-year campaign to destroy ISIS
was complete, though he left open the possibility of returning if terrorist
violence resumed in the area.