The Epitome of a Leader

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When I first joined TSA in 10th grade, I was oblivious to the fact that there were officers on the State and National levels; I only looked to my Chapter Officers as the highest power of authority in TSA. However, as I traversed through PA to my first State Conference, in a bus containing quite a few candidates for the 2012-2013 PA-TSA State Election, I became aware of an officer team that I am now part of.

What qualities make great leaders? What qualities inspire others to fulfill their potential? As leaders, TSA Officers must always foster certain qualities that garner the respect of the members. Looking at Great Leaders of the Past such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, one may notice that they had specific traits in common: honesty, ability to communicate, confidence, commitment, and the ability to inspire.

Honesty

Guiding the nation through the Great Depression, President Roosevelt was open about the economic crisis of the United States, admitting the need for dramatic change that called for unorthodox economic policies that the United States government had never imposed. Through the crisis, President Roosevelt never lied to the public just to ameliorate their fears for a short time, but proclaimed the truth to teach the nation of the flaws of business practices such as buying on credit.

Ability to Communicate

Utilizing the radio, President Roosevelt talked to the nation through Fireside chats, updating the public on new developments and actions undertaken by the government to create new jobs and feed the unemployed. Without such a keen sense of communication, President Roosevelt could not have comforted the public through one of the most insecure decades in United States history.

Confidence

As Britain was bombarded by German planes for weeks on end, Prime Minister Winston Churchill remained calm, implementing logical, strategic protocols such as turning off lights in the night during night raids and the Blitz. He remained confident and never gave up the hope that the New World (the United States) would eventually step in to flush away the Nazis from Europe. Expressing his gratitude and confidence in the British Military, he coordinated all the branches to strike back at the Axis as outnumbered the United Kingdom was at that time.

Commitment

Committed to protecting Britain from the oppression and subjugation of Nazi Germany, Winston Churchill never expressed doubt or a notion of surrender. He believed in his generals and allies overseas to overcome the Nazi threat that had swallowed the majority of Europe. No matter how dire the situation seemed, Churchill never gave in to the demands of Hitler.

Ability to Inspire

Weakened by the constant bombings, the British were near defeat by the summer of 1940. However, with the power of rhetoric, the Prime Minister reinvigorated the morale of United Kingdom. In front of the members of the House of Commons, Churchill delivered these powerful words, “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” With these words, he uproared the House of Commons and inspired Britons to keep trying and to live on another day to fight back and protect their freedoms.

No one is perfect; no officer can hold all these qualities. However, as TSA Officers gain experience fostering their honesty, ability to communicate, confidence, commitment, and ability to inspire, they are nevertheless intrinsically becoming leaders, hoping to inspire their Generation of TSA. If you are interested in running for the State Officer Team, contact me at reporter [at] patsa.org ()<!--style="text-decoration:none;"-->. Although the application process is not due for months, I can still help you in the details of running for office.