“Warrior,” by William White:
Listen to me carefully and remember every word. A warrior is not a soldier. A soldier is trained to fight and follow orders. A warrior is trained to think for himself and fight only as a last resort.
A warrior is the first to begin and the last to quit. He laughs the hardest and loves the best.
A warrior believes that you stand your ground in all things and only give ground out of kindness.
A warrior is not a follower, nor is he a leader except at great need.
A warrior learns from the animals, the hills, and the rivers. He respects all things of the earth as if they were his own heart. All men and all spirits are equal.
A warrior never begs or pleads, nor does he give in to hopelessness and despair. Whether the warrior is successful or tries valiantly only to have failed, he thanks the Great Spirit for the opportunity and the lessons.
A warrior cares for the weakest and least of his brothers, humbling himself in their service. He seeks wisdom in all things and learns from even the dullest for all are his teachers.
A warrior leaves judgment of his brothers and sisters to the Great Spirit, but does not tolerate disrespectful behavior in his presence.
To me this definition of a Warrior by William White (From Native Spirituality on..believe it or not, Facebook) describes the qualities of a Great and Transparent leadership in The Great Workplace 2.0.
Would that we all have these qualities, as men or women, or as leaders of others.
We first need to learn how to lead ourselves.