Professor Michael Robbins
22 Sept. 2013
Leading Begets Leaders
Why is it that an empowering leader draws forth another leader whom took after said leader's example? It is because throughout the walks of life, people have been inspired to achieve equal or greater goals than that of whom they admire. Thus, leadership means leading by example: true leadership is shown through leading ones followers, not by doing a task for them, but showing them the caliber to which all tasks should be done.
Within the Ridge Community High School Silver Regiment band program there were a few instances of how this leading by example comes about. In this marching band they have procedures where the band members broke up into pods, which are instrument sections such as Euphonium, Tuba, etc., to work on marching fundamentals. In those pods there are usually one to two leaders in charge. In this situation, a phenomenal leader would practice the fundamentals with their section and offer praise over harsh criticism. In this band there was a premise that if the marcher next to another marcher gets praised, the first marcher will want to try harder and improve so that they could get the same recognition as their peer. Also the exceptional leader in band takes the time to find out who is doing the fundamentals in an amazing way. That way, the person doing it right can, in their own right, lead by example and show their leadership ability by building a strong leader from their own example. Also with being a leader, much like learning the fundamentals of marching, the leader has to learn all the band commands and how to call them. As a leader in band when I broke up into my pod I went ahead and called the commands one or two times, then let some of my section call the commands, no matter what grade they were in or their experience in band. This helped the section overall because each person in my section got to call the commands at least once and...