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A Haiku - Leadership

Updated on September 16, 2016
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Demas is a professional author and freelancer. He published and edited two newspapers. His most recent book is HAIKU AMERICAN STYLE.

Is it possible to be a commander without being a leader?

Gang bosses have followers.
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A true leader leads by example.

Many are led, but

There are men I would die for,

Their cause is so just.

I won't follow one

Who can't set the example.

Leaders are out front.

Charisma is good

In a worthy cause today,

But can mislead us.

Respect comes first though

I'd like to like the leader.

But how safe is he?

Has he thought it through?

Is he truthful, honest, fair?

Will he make it worse?

Can he get me there,

And safely home again, too?

Others count on me.

Not just a grand plan!

Spell it out for me to know.

What sacrifice then?

I want to know now;

Does it serve the common good?

Is it important?

Selfless leadership

Takes courage and "will to win."

Lead me, but lead true.

Effective leadership accomplishes its goals.



Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      This is a good time to reflect on this poem as a measure for what we have as results from Election 2016 in all the levels of government (local, state, and national.)

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      vocalcoach - It is always nice to hear from you as a longtime friend here on HP. I hope you had a Happy Easter and that torrential rains and tornado weather is a thing of the past there in Nashville. May we get a new leadership team that can safely navigate our ship of state for 2017 and beyond.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      6 months ago I first read your poem. I've been back several times to read it again. Thought I'd leave a comment this time. Sharing and thanks.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      shprdza - Thanks for reading and commenting with your approval.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      Excellent leadership poem. Please read my poem led to lead.

      - hari

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      vocalcoach = It will appear in another author's book this fall by permission. One of mine on gratitude will appear in a textbook and another publication this fall, too.

      Glad you liked it enough to share it as a link.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is an excellent haiku on leadership. I'll be sharing this with others.

      Thank you for writing this poetry.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      rasta1 - Just spoken as my "words' voice." Thanks.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - I notice you are keeping up your splendid production of Hubs. Romney, for the moment at least, has removed his name from 2016 consideration. That stirs the Republican brew a little and we will see what rises to the top. We still need effective, compassionate, determined leadership that inspires us to sacrifice for the common good by getting everyone (or at least a solid majority) on the same page going forward.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      gnugent17 - Your comment from before led me to your Hub on walking with God, and I left a comment there for you. Thanks for the visit.

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      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Spoken like a true leader.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Much enjoyed and voted up. We need good leaders and we need them now. Passing this on.

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      6 years ago

      Great haiku for leadership.

      Voted up and interesting. :-)

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Leaders know where they want to go and how to explain the way to get there. They know how to call for sacrifice and put challenge into their words. We need such leaders in all walks of life, for the society without such leaders is adrift and in danger of disaster.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      the common good - the priority!

      What we need is a system that allows folks to run for office that could actually do the job - and have the proper priorities to boot..

      NOT necessarily have the most money or connection..

      connections aren't necessarily a good thing!

      this'll happen when hell freezes over, of course -but - that could be sooner than expected, too..

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Demas, you said it so well. The qualities that you seek have GOT to be there...don't they?

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      Marcia Ours 

      6 years ago

      Great hub about leaders! Too bad our society is sadly lacking.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      wow! Who ever knew Haiku would work with politics?! And so well! greathub!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      So sad we have no one like that currently running for office. Great job, sir!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing your perspective of leadership via these haiku. With all due respect a haiku does not have to be 5-7-5. 3-5-7 is also popular. I am just bringing this up to give you more freedom. check haiku on wikipedia.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      I think it is pretty awesome how you tackle some issues on leadership that have been discussed in the management courses I am forced to take at work into excellent Haiku's. I think that the education of management might work better if we learn to be as concise and on target as a good haiku, like yours. Thank you for sharing. Jamie


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