Whether a leader of the Church choir,

cubs, club, a band or bush-walk,

captain or coach of a sports team

teacher, workplace group or PM

 

Many others look up

to follow your every example.

They emulate your words and actions;

any kindness, all reactions, any infractions

 

Many would like to be a leader

as such positions are an ego-feeder

brings kudos, power and maybe good ‘pay’

puts us in the limelight each day in every way

 

As none of us live in that ivory tower

how any of us handle such power

directly impacts on our ‘team’, sweet or sour

and can also define our final hour

 

For we know if we are truly kind

help those in a bind

be sure to keep an open mind

then peace and satisfaction all will find

 

Our followers will mellow and grin

support us through thick and thin

but if unkind, it is a sin

dumps our team right in the bin

 

One must take care to lead by example

as power gives opportunity ample

to reduce others to tears or fear,

or to spread good cheer and endear!

 

20.10.2006