What is a Leader ?
Leaders do not abuse their followers
. . .for without followers there can be no leaders.
Leaders teach those who serve them.
. . .They are the caretakers of their federation and of their people.
Without people who care there can be no federation.
. . .Leaders are prepared to lead, lead with fairness and love,
while teaching others to lead.
Their power does not come from magic
. . .it comes from the secrets of leadership.
To master these secrets requires time and hard work.
. . .There are no shortcuts, it takes time.
And with time comes the learning and paying the price.
. . .Leaders make decisions and don't put off
because delaying necessary decisions
. . .discourages those who follow them-
They learn by observing the leader's actions and words.
Leaders anticipate risk and are willing to accept
. . .the consequences of risk instead of
turning to the comfort of personal security.
Their instincts become sharpened by experience.
. . .This experience helps the leader develop
skills to carry out their goals.
Leaders never cease to be students.
. . .They never cease to look for new insights
and new methods while preserving tradition.
. . .They master the skills necessary to be effective powerful leaders.
Loyalty - not to be mistaken for disagreement, for it is not disloyal to disagree for the good of the federation or those they lead. If one who follows brings disharmony, they must be removed for their negative actions divide and breakdown the group. A true leader sees inside the heart and knows the nature of each follower's action.
Courage - It takes courage to carry out assignments, overcome obstacles, surpass confusion in adversity. Leaders are not overcome by small challenges but carry on in the face of many obstacles, learning from each one. They excel in times of uncertainty and danger as well as success
Loneliness - is often a part of a leaders life. He or she has suffered despair, ridicule, and has developed the virtue of long-suffering. Leaders act with confidence. Trusting themselves and the higher power of their belief in God as they understand Him.
Self Confidence - develops from proper training and experience and develops the assurance to meet all life's challenges. A show a lack of self confidence is evident to their followers and they soon lose respect and fall by the wayside.
Accountability - is strong in leaders because they accept freely the responsibility for their actions and do not make excuses. They never place blame. They take pride in their achievements. They are responsible in seeing that things are done and directions are followed.
Reputation - is believed by friends and adversaries. Their credibility is solid for they believe in honesty of word and deed.
Timing - is learned by failure as well as success. The lessons learned from mistakes of when to act and move develop their timing. They know who they are dealing with and their character as well as their opponents ambitions. Leaders master their sense of timing..
Competitiveness - resides in the heart of a leader for each one has a strong desire to win in battle, negotiations and internal strife.
Desire - brings commitment in the heart of a warrior. Every leader is a warrior and must have a desire to lead.
Stamina - in body and mind and emotional strength constantly grow. Demands increase with each level. Leaders bounce back from defeat and discouragement and persist in the face of difficulty. They are sound in body and mind.
Empathy - enables them to appreciate the value of others. They learn the cultures and beliefs of their followers and are sensitive to them. They know when not to ask personal questions. They take into account all the facts of a situation.
Dependable - and reliable, others can count on them. They never give up. They even persist when others abandon them. Leaders are tenacious and unyielding in pursuit of their goals. Leaders emphasize to their followers that they depend on them and are proud of them.
Stewardship - to caretake the goals of the federation with confidence, trust, loyalty, and love. Leaders never abuse those who follow themand, only as a last resort, when all other attempts have failed do they remove those who do not share the same sense of fairness and unity. They realize that to be good leaders they had to first learn to be a good follower.
Study the honorable leader and teach these attributes to those who follow you.
Sifu Anne Radke
May 5, 1997