TIP: Loyalty - all you need is a vision

Leaders need loyal followers, but loyalty is hard to come by these days. What distinguishes great leaders from merely good ones is the ability to inspire loyalty in different ways.

Remember Spartacus, a Roman gladiator/slave who led an army of slaves in an uprising? They defeated the Roman legions twice, but were finally conquered by the general Marcus Crassus after a long siege and battle.

In the movie, Crassus tells the thousand survivors in Spartacus's army, "You have been slaves. You will be slaves again. But you will be spared your rightful punishment of crucifixion by the mercy of the Roman legions. All you need to do is turn over to me the slave Spartacus, because we do not know him by sight."

After a long pause, Spartacus stands up and says, "I am Spartacus." Then the man next to him stands up and says, "I am Spartacus." The next man stands up and also says, "No, I am Spartacus." Within a minute, everyone in the army is on his feet...

The loyalty of Spartacus's army was more than just to Spartacus the man, but also to a shared vision - be free men.

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