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Leadership Principles of the Warrior - Series Six – Leadership Expressiveness

By Randy Gonzalez –

Articulation of personality, based on the precepts of experienced personal

development, translated into visionary activism, concerns interpersonal communication
skills. It is a big dose of selflessness in risk taking and courage of convictions.
Additionally, such involves a process of maturity that spans time and place and
individuality in the transformation of oneself. Good managers and competent supervisors
will not necessarily be great leaders. Interpersonal communication skills are essential to
effective and exceptional leadership. Few will have the distinctiveness in persona to
assert the superior qualities of leadership as a reflection of warrior ethos.
Motivating others is a constant expression of interactivity through positive and
productive communication. In order to work toward productive relationships and
devotion to service, open and honest interactions are important. That is easier said than
eventually accomplished. As people increasingly devolve to more primordial states of
emotive reaction, it becomes vital for the leader to communicate in a manner that invites
participation. Some will rise to the occasion. Active collaboration and sincere
involvement take time to develop for those willing to take part.
Expressiveness by the means necessary to accomplish the mission and collaborate
positively rests upon the thoughtful scales of a careful balancing process. Coherence of
self-expression becomes more effective when the parties involved have a meaningful
exchange. This often involves emotions interlaced with attempts at logical deduction. As
communication strives to balance cohesiveness in collaborative interactions, feelings
have to be tempered by reason. In the complexity of the process, each participant tries to
rise above the seduction of immediate gratification.
Effective communication interfacing cannot be to a set of rules, checklists or fixed
formulas of mathematical calibration. Each person is different and because each of us is
different and unique. We communicate in ways not clearly understood by others. There
is at least that probability at a fundamental level. Templates or complicated training
exercises and guidelines detract from the central focus. The essence of that focus involves
being attuned to the levels by which we communicate. It provides the means to inform,
encourage, and provide positive solutions for productive actions.

Leadership in any organization must endeavor to bring a sense of mature balance,

experienced skill and ethical devotion to the totality of the interpersonal experience. A
sincere devotion to positive, productive and credible communication is important to
building relationships. An important aspect is learning to appreciate body language.
Verbal articulation is one characteristic, but assessing physical proxemics is very
relevant. In so doing, leaders must stimulate people toward action.
Effective communication concerns the proper use of the spoken word, as well as the
display of appropriate body language. Inappropriate physical mannerisms or annoying
habits during a communication exchange devolve the effectiveness of the relationship
building process. Good leaders must use eye contact to constructive advantage, standup
straight and project an image of competent demeanor.
Proactive communication skills relate to eye engagement that is meaningful and
empathetic. Physical manifestations of oneself are important to differentiated presence
and emotionally controlled engagement. Competent interaction is not sidetracked by
unnecessary interruptions or distracting mannerisms. Good facial animation expresses
interest and not pretend pacification. In the process, there is proper use of feedback and
reflection to ensure clarity from one to another, or many others. Overall, a good leader is
a well-differentiated non-anxious presence to every extent possible.
Leadership exhibits the kinds of behaviors others willingly accept as that which will
motivate them. They are stimulated, fascinated and interested in what you have to say and
do. Leading effectively and efficient strengthens the backbone of the organization.
Weaved throughout the interpersonal interaction, communication remains the most
significant ingredient for a leader. Being a leader is risky business.
One must never forget it is more than a two-way process of dealing with others. Multi-
dimensional processes suggest there are levels of conscious and unconscious interactions
that defy easy comprehension. The complexity is compounded by the exponential nature
of the numbers of people involved in any given communication experience. Success,
which does not mean mistakes will not happen, presupposes you want to accomplish your
objectives and achieve goals. To do that, you have to interact with others and provide the
basis by which they pay attention and get the job done. As such, you set the example,
show the way and share the efforts, in both good and bad times.

Fearlessly honest self-disclosure, with daring straightforward communication,

participates in the self-mastery of the leader to engage the process of productive
interactions. Say what you mean and mean what you say ought to go without having to be
said. Yet, so many people are pretentious. Openly truthful is simply that, being an
advocate of the truth and not deception. The so-called subterfuge to being “transparent” is
an admonition that often rings hollow. If someone says that in a meeting, what he or she
really means is play along, be on the “team”, and say what others want to hear.
However, for the authentic leader, candid authenticity is really what expressiveness
should be about. Are you courageous enough to speak your mind and risk consequences?
Well, that’s what a leader does. If not, then consider your alternatives. As a leader, you
express the willingness to actually say what you’re thinking. You have to get to the point
and stop saying what people want hear. Likewise, you can’t afford to be overly concerned
with making people “feel good” simply so they can “feel good”.
To achieve success in any given endeavor, one must be willing to invest the time,
effort and learning to master the abilities in the appropriate skillset. A leader understands
the example he or she must be so that others will follow. We are mindful of what we say,
how we say it, the manner by which it comes across, and the means of expression. By the
totality of our presence, the words, the body language and the sound effects, all of it
defines our capacity to demonstrate mature capabilities.
Each day, leaders are invited to play a role, or maybe several roles, and in the process
show others our level of self-evolution for a higher transformation. By whatever means
you need to invoke upon yourself, to either compensate for shortcomings or capitalize on
advantage, you assert you mature genuineness in your individuality. While personalities
vary, we are encouraged to demonstrate our capacity for grownup adulthood in every
action we take, and every statement we make.
We make choices, sometimes these are not done well. Nonetheless, we still make our
moves for our interests in any given interaction. When a miscalculation leads to a
problem, or really gets things screwed up, we still made a decision to do something. That
something we cannot foolishly call a “mistake”. Unfortunately, all too often, the public
figure makes a poor choice and when questioned, defends his or her actions as a
“mistake”, or failure of “judgment”. Nope, you still did what you wanted to do.

Leadership by expressiveness represents a proactive attitude of sincere engagement in

the full process of leading. It is more than simplistic platitudes, clever quotes, and
superficial metaphors. Such articulation is about personal change in the development of
oneself. Yet, self-evolution is a long-term individual process, whereby the complexities
of personality must strive to overcome selfishness. Even when the day’s events, or the
pending itinerary seems cumbersome, or the crisis of the moment appears daunting, we
raise ourselves meet to the occasion. We rise up and invoke the power of our character to
ensure the willful energy to prevail. We listen to the wisdom of our self-talk.
We can be the milestone, the crossroad or the stairway for others to emulate, because
the example they see offers confidence, responsibility and competence. As opposed to
being a stumbling block, we courageously remove foolish barriers and avoid foolhardy
haughtiness in personal interactions. Flaws, unless recognized and controlled, fuel fears,
and fear instigates the adversity of arrogant behaviors. Fear results in the premeditated
aims of those who are self-absorbed and bully others for selfish ends. Overconfidence,
with its thin façade of brash self-righteousness, can dangerously expose others to
calamity. An overblown sense of self does nothing to enhance the organization.
It does not matter how many stars you wear on your collar, or how many degrees you
hang on your office wall. What matters is a non-anxious mature presence. With that,
blend the capability of a self-evolving personality that inspires others. To accomplish
missions and goals, and transform thinking processes, requires the stimulating presence
of a dynamic mindset. Those who seek to appease by a “politician’s” tactics of superficial
charm, only act out a disharmonious deception. The character one expresses exemplifies
one’s fitness for leadership, regardless of the level or situation.
Your manner and bearing come through loud and clear by virtue of verbal and non-
verbal attributes. Authenticity is crucial by means of every form of countenance.
Personality must translate into productive actions that demonstrate to others you lead by
showing the way. You do not point and say, ‘go through that door’. Instead, you already
have a good idea what is on the other side. So, you show the energy, the fortitude and
tenacity, to go over open the door if necessary, and go through it with them. You cannot
ask others to do what you are not capable of doing yourself. As much as it sounds corny,
redundant and cliché, you have to lead by example every day.

Leadership is not a part-time activity. It is a multifaceted framework, from the dream

state, to an awakened sense of intricate consciousness. As a leader, one does not throw a
switch and go on autopilot and expect leadership to happen. Nor does a person attend a
seminar or take a course and magically somehow become a leader. Leading is a deeply
intuitive state of being. Such a conception does not easily translate to others who do not
have the capacity to understand it. It comes in many forms, diversities and exists in
multiple environments across a range of human interactions. You just have to learn when,
where and to what extent you express yourself into any given human equation.
Associates, colleagues and coworkers will gravitate around those they perceive are
effective leaders. People need to see your personality in action in order to feel confident
about what they are doing. By expression of your presence in the character you project,
others will decide whether they will follow you. At every moment, you will need to be
confident about yourself at every moment your “public face” is in the presence of others.
Maturity comes through in verbal and nonverbal ways. Body language is important in
every encounter. Are you paying attention, and do you note the details.
Most people need a “superhero”, the sage “Jedi master”, or the knight in shining
armor, or whatever they think a leader ought to look like. They want an advocate that
does not despair, but offers solutions. Regardless of what others may wish for, or
fantasize about, you need to exhibit the genuine qualities of a maturely competent
individual. Assurance from positive and productive interactions stirs emotional as well as
rational thinking processes. Leaders strive to point the way whereby people are
encouraged to generate their sense of hopefulness, self-worth and motivation. Take your
time, build your subordinates up, cultivate your constituency, and inspire others.
You’re on a special mission within a mission. One relates to the ongoing quest for
enlightened differentiation and individuality. The other is a matter of existence in the
presence of others to bring about productive results. To demonstrate a warrior’s
perspective, we are encouraged to exhibit patience with others. Some require more
patience than others do. To motivate them, one is called to participate fully in the
organization framework, given the nature of the interactivity. Within the scope of
personal encounters, patience enlists others to be open, honest and free to offer opposing
viewpoints. Clearly and concisely, a leader articulates goals and objectives.

Regardless of what some might suggest at to a contingent capacity to become a leader,

the perspective here takes exception. Some believe that if you follow a checklist, believe
in a certain set of rules and a template, and take enough training courses, you could
become a leader. But, most people are simply not cut out to be leaders. You see it every
day in every aspect of life’s encounters. From the boardroom to the battlefield, very few
rise to the point in time whereby they express themselves as the present ability to lead.
Leadership is not granted by way of a certificate, anointing or hallowed blessing. A
leader changes moment by moment to the betterment of oneself.
There is no coat of arms in the family heritage that says you are a leader. One does not
hold oneself out to be a leader where that person does not have such a capacity.
Experience and competence speaks otherwise. Unfortunately, many think they have
inherited some “divine right” to rule over others by way of rank and status. Not to
mention of course unreasonable, or illegal, acquisition of wealth that somehow hints of
their leadership capacity. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Wealth, power and dominion do not equate with “leadership”, and neither does the
school attended, the neighborhood of residence, or the country club membership. Sure,
that form of social status may serve to excite one’s fixation to dominate others. Yeah,
you might be able to enslave an entire organization of people into a form of “feudal
servitude”, but that does not grant any semblance of “leadership” capacity. In fact, in
today’s world many who call themselves a “leader”, in reality are not leaders.
Likewise, for those elected to public office and feel entitled to keep it, or believe it’s
“their turn” to run for this or that, never speaks of leadership. Being a leader is a complex
matter of one’s personality, perception for reality and selfless devotion to personal
transformation. A leader has the willingness to self-evolve based on the inherent
complexity of individuality in search of mental freedom. Each has his or her penchant for
wanting to learn more and grow in positively productive ways.
He or she expresses a special talent for being distinct from others. On the outside, the
leader is cool, calm, unshaken and carefully calculating. On the inside, he or she
understands his or her limitations. There is present a vision that is dynamic, creative and
outside the normal frame of reference. In a sense, a leader is a solitary individual who can
remain independent of others, yet at the same time, stay connected.

Although subservient to a point, adherent to a chain of command, given the institution

or organization, a leader knows where to draw the line. No doubt, the pretenses of the
powerful and wealthy will demand a particular kind of allegiance in particular
circumstances. The leader is not caught up in the unevolved “drama” of immaturity,
within the scope of attendant “adolescent’ behaviors. He or she is detached from the
emotional processes of frequent organizational “temper tantrums”.
In any given organizational structure, the level of self-indulgent, emotionally
excessive, and attention getting behaviors reflect different degrees of intensity. For the
leader, he or she remains on the outside of such divisive interactivity. The leader simply
is not drawn into the “role-play” antics of the workplace. Leaders have an intuitive
capability to foster clearly defined principles for getting proactive results.
If a leader makes a mistake, there is no problem in owning up and taking
responsibility. But it doesn’t stop there. A leader moves quickly to be held accountable
and if necessary step down from a leadership position. An authentic leader, when called
upon to account for egregiously poor choices, and severely bad decisions, will not
hesitate to submit his or her resignation. Such is a matter of honor to do so.
Likewise, a leader is willing to risk being vulnerable to criticism, open to ridicule and
transparent to showy his or her humanity. Self-analysis takes place every day and invites
a significant amount of personally critical assessment. Just because you hold the rank,
stature or positional status, doesn’t mean you’re the only one who’s important. You have
to adjust and regulate your emotions, beliefs and desires regularly. Reliability calm,
consistent and unshaken, the person charge expresses the courage of convictions.
Of the politics in the communal constraints of a particular setting, being in charge
means you know when enough is enough. At a certain point, to live by an open and
flexible belief system, unfettered by mythology, suggests you are receptive to many
viewpoints. However, you have your own beliefs, and they evolve over time, testing and
circumstances. Of which, you will not sacrifice your integrity for what you believe is the
right thing to do. A leader works very hard to avoid being pulled into the many fallacies
of conjecture of the sake of stupid perspectives. As mature diplomacy may be practiced
when possible, yet sometimes a battle is warranted. In the humility of the moment, you
may have to simply disengage from the foolishness of social arrogance.

Will you express the courage to walk away from the nonsense of adverse political,
ideological and socio-economic oppression? What is it about the reach of psychodynamic
enslavement do you enjoy? Such are only preliminary questions by which one looks
inside and assesses the various aspects of the personal journey. Who is free from the
aberrant manifestations of dysfunctional human beings? The exceptional person of
mature individual wisdom goes against the status quo.
With what joy do you jump up and down with pretended enthusiasm for the pretext of
organizational acceptance? Success at any price, including ethical sacrifice, or illegality,
for more and more “enrichment”, does not advance true credible, authentic and
exemplary leadership. Materiality debases the very essence of believability in any
semblance of rational enlightenment for self-evolution.
At the end of the day, how much does one truly need to ensure the necessities of daily
existence? At any time, you can decide to assert your liberation and simply say, you
won’t be a part of the adverse nature of foolish competitiveness. More often than not, the
organizational framework does not award the visionary, the independent and the highly
motivated. Instead, reactionary devolution enhances the placement of the inept, the
selfish, the greedy, the fearful and the least imaginative of the “herd”.
Decisively expressive leadership embraces individual independence. There are
consequences for standing out against the mainstream. You are noticed and others kindle
their fears because of your uniqueness. Nonetheless, you make choices if you have a
passion for being different and accepting a leadership calling. As such, self-mastery is a
daunting challenge and strenuous process. Transformation to exhibit an extraordinary
leadership capacity demands constant scrutiny in self-analysis.
In so doing, one who expresses the special characteristics of distinction is one who can
accept others where they are. For better or for worse, the leader can avoid emotional
engagement with those who remain reactive, as opposed to being dutifully responsive.
Personal responsibility in belief and exhibition are essential, and such expression is vital.
The leader encourages that in others, in addition to him or her, by leading the way.
Positive presence, as reflected in the character of the leader, strives to defuse the
unhealthy aspects of anxiousness. Balancing emotion in favor of mature rationality, the
leader endeavors to demonstrate a passion for an enlightened expressiveness.

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