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Leadership is an in-born trait? Oh, I'm not so sure of that.
Though many leaders have the genes, when they were pressed fell flat!
Many are the leaders whose mettle during stress was ceded,
And men of lesser rank stepped forward and succeeded!

A successful leader if he is astute and very wise,
Will surround himself with sage folks to counsel and advise.
He will ever be trusted by those with whom he serves,
And in doing so will earn the respect he so well deserves!

He will heed the needs and aspirations of others,
And develop a team spirit among his sisters and brothers.
He will lead with integrity, concern and fortitude,
And for a job well done will always express his gratitude!

He'll be the first on the job at dawn - at night the last to leave.
He will mentor and encourage others to strive their best to achieve!
A leader will ever be loyal to those above and below,
And accept responsibility no matter from whence it flow!

A sense of humor is essential to soothe when tensions rise.
When company policies change he will hasten his people to apprise!
A leader will honestly demure when he is heaped with praise,
Saying, "Sir, these outstanding people of mine deserve the raise!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Placed No. 10 in Dane Ann Smith-Johnson's "Projects and Credits" Contest- Aug 2010

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  1. Date: 3/23/2012 9:32:00 AM
    Glad you lead me here, Robert, has to go to my fav. this poem, epitomizes humanity, leading by example (something our politician need to adhere to) and a commom sense appproach to leadership. wonderful to read this. your poem (Hair) reminds me of when i started going bald, then i was told 'Grass cannot grow on a busy street' that made me feel a lot better. harry

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 9:00:00 AM
    Congratulations Robert on your win in Dane Ann's contest "Projects And Credits" Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 7:01:00 PM
    Congratulations, Robert on your tenth place, My friend, Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 5:39:00 PM
    And that is the way it should be and everyone would work harder. congratulations Robert. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 4:21:00 PM
    Congrats Bob on your winning poem in Dane Ann's contest with this exceptional write.. I just discovered the contest had been entry did not place ..u enjoy another special victory my friend..with luv..

  1. Date: 7/27/2010 7:29:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your newest contest poem today Robert. Wishing you the best in the contest. I want to thank you for your kind comments on my poetry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/25/2010 8:04:00 PM
    Wonderful poem & knowledge!!!

  1. Date: 7/24/2010 9:07:00 AM
    enjoyed and so true!!

  1. Date: 7/23/2010 1:18:00 PM
    GOOD stuff....TAH

  1. Date: 7/23/2010 12:14:00 PM
    Yes you are so right, Robert. I could see it would be for ANY kind of leadership position!

  1. Date: 7/23/2010 12:02:00 PM
    oh, how fun. one guy said Ronald Reagan. I would go back to FDR and then way way back to Lincoln. Nobody else come Close!

  1. Date: 7/23/2010 12:00:00 PM
    a good way to respond to that contest. It was a very difficult one for me to figure out. MAybe if I have time and her contest is still posted, I will give it a shot. I wish you well in this contest, but I still say that Xmas one is TOPS! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/23/2010 3:53:00 AM
    A wonderful entry to the contest. Good luck, Bob

  1. Date: 7/22/2010 8:48:00 PM
    Well documented qualities of a leader. Excellent write, my friend. You guys enjoy your weekend. Stay cool. Una/Ralph

  1. Date: 7/22/2010 7:07:00 PM
    Sounds like Ronald Reagan to me! Words of wisdom Bob! This should be the presidential creed! I just posted my first blog. You're invited to visit.

  1. Date: 7/22/2010 3:43:00 PM
    Today as I read this piece you have written I am thankful that you have shared it with us. I hope you will present us with more of your poetry in the near future. Don't let your ink dry out. I wish you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be Robert. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/22/2010 2:09:00 PM
    Very good write about leadership and the qualities of a great leader...This should be in the winners' circle for sure..Keep the creative pen flowing..Sara

  1. Date: 7/22/2010 1:48:00 PM
    Serious stuff Bob, if only "they" would listen.Great one. BG

  1. Date: 7/22/2010 1:43:00 PM
    Naw you never disappoint I just like my "jewels" ie your poems...polished! And you know you did not correct me in "Alice" when I used new & meant KNEW...come on crap that whip who else is goona tell me? Your write above sure looks like another winner to me!

  1. Date: 7/22/2010 11:59:00 AM
    Well done Bob H. you sure have a good entry here and the best rhyme..Also thank you very much for your comment on my blog,,it made me chuckle,,and smile,,just like your poem here always bringing smiles. Unless they are not spose to,,Enjoyed your poem,..p.d.