Leadership Skills: You can be a Great Leader. Until less than 250 years ago, if you wanted to be a great leader, you had to be born into the right class or family. Today, though, anyone can be a great leader. People who develop the appropriate leadership skills such as being able to think and speak with poise and self-confidence and being able motivate and inspire people, can become the go-to leader in your industry. Here is a self-help video from Doug Staneart, CEO of The Leader’s Institute, is on location at The Forum in Rome, Italy talking about how when Ceasar Augustus walked the streets below, in order to be a great leader, you had to be born into the “ruling class”, but today, communication skills and self-confidence can help anyone be seen by others as a great leader.