Leadership Principles of the Warrior – Series Ten Leadership Ascendency Part Two

Ascendency in leadership references the capacity to move beyond the simplistic. It is a dominance of character where goes beyond mere self and into visionary realms. While leaders carry out the fundamental philosophy of the organization, guide the goals and objectives for others to follow, and exemplify competence, the also evolve themselves in the process. In their differentiated capacity for being present in the moment, they instill an ascendant framework by which others find inspiring and illuminating.A leader sets the course for an unfolding and consistent example at a certain juncture in time for others. After that point, the leader is gone; he or she has completed his or her tour of duty. Nothing lasts forever, and quickly it’s over, as someone else replaces him or her. In a three-dimensional world, where time is considered an essential element, each moment is precious, and presence is powerful.Why sweat the small stuff and waste energies on inconsequential matters that, in the grand scheme of things, are largely irrelevant. Yet, many people squander the limited time they have. Pride, envy and anger are used in one’s arrogance to devolve a personality that doesn’t want to change. Instead, by petty jealousies and blaming games, many won’t move much further than high school glories, and grade school thinking. By contrast, the leader is above the mundane, the superficial and the hollow thinking.A leader epitomizes exhibition of a profound expression of self-determination and transformation. With a particular psychological orientation, the leader gives the “organizational framework” a positive concept of authority and command presence. For the moment, it may be or at least perceived as well defined. However, the reality is such that the leader is transforming and changing in very dynamic ways. As such, to be “well-defined” could be viewed as complete, unchangeable or fixed in place.On the contrary, leadership is an ongoing process, requiring many wise and mature factors. The effectiveness of leadership unfolds from the style of “management and supervision” that develops from a particular personality over time. By strenuous effort of managerial capacity in mental complexity, given one’s character traits, he or she promotes effectiveness and efficiency through appropriate actions.This is an ongoing mission underscored by a proper vision of an action-oriented perspective. Such passionate energy is critical to the leader, the organization and the personnel within it. It is a process of that never ends. By good leadership, the organization is enhanced by competent strategies in recruiting, training, equipping, staffing and promotions. Preparing people for above average service within the organization is a vital task. Leadership reinforces those efforts at every opportunity, designed to foster productive operations so people get the job done.Willfulness, intelligence building, skillset enhancement and well-tested techniques develop over time, and remain a lifelong learning process. Even though a hierarchy exists, with a chain of command, division of labor, subdivisions and so forth, effective executive insight focuses on the betterment of the people. That is because leaders encourage a high sense of camaraderie within a special kind of “family”.One must persevere to live by the validity of the truth, by way of proven facts, experience and reliability, even though risks are part of the gambit. Essential to proper motivational aspects is the manner by which time is effectively managed within the organization and its various subunits. There is a high probability that in every organizational setting, you will discover unwise misuses of the time element.Many of us constantly mismanage time by our own willful misguided choices. As a result, once understood, much of the day can be streamlined into those things that really matter. Unfortunately, we all too often allow ourselves to be arrogantly seduced by what we think is important, but essentially wastes the precious moments of a limited time frame. Lacking discipline and maturity, we are often interrupted and distracted.And yet, a focused mind is vigilant to the passage of time, and the urgency of self-evolution toward an ascendant transformation. Patient, empathetic, gentle and wise, the leader is a mentor, a guide and one who is an example to others. As others cannot be taught a single thing, they can only learn given their willingness for paying attention. One is mindful of his or her presence for the time they have. Strength of character demands hard work and a mature framework in order to transcend the moment. Unflinching is the courage of one’s resolve to overcome selfishness in primal nature and prevail against the surrounding cowardice of herded conformity. Wolves often wear sheep’s clothing, as so-called experts close in to ensure their deceptions and disrupt the processes.For bloated is the grotesque obsession of many for the consumptive satiation of devolving perceptions and regressive actions. Leadership is undaunted by the unholy fearfulness of the weak minded. Lazy, slothful and unimaginative purposes collaborate within the pretentiousness of “group-think”. For this, the leader is ever vigilant and creative, by being steps ahead of the rest. Courage is of high value.

Immaturity in oppositional forces contrives to prevent us for going forward with the mission we are called to pursue. Personally, we must rise above the foolishness and show that we are undaunted by obstacles. Professionally, we must endeavor to be visionary and inventive, concerned with productive progressions. The processes must be led in such a way, that interactions work effectively.Reality trumps frivolity that wastes time, allows abuses and squanders precious resources. Each aspect ought to be critically analyzed for every probable instance of innovation, inspirational creativity and cooperative persistence, within the organizational structure. Excessive, misguided, and gossipy time-wasting conversations, foolish juvenile antics, aimless chitchat, and insincere interactivity distracts from the higher calling. Like useless meetings to have meetings, such insecure obsessions should be altered immediately. Leaders seize the moment and are alert to the many deceptions.For the brevity of flash in time, overuse of every aspect of telecommunications in any form, not productive to the mission and goals, individually and professionally, for the advancement of enlightened collectivity, should be carefully evaluated. People use excuses of all kinds to escape responsibility and accountability. Alleged pretenses to “transparency” ought to encourage the frankness of straightforward commentary. To be open is to be blunt, honest and truthful, regardless of the offense that might be taken. Grownups use discourse conducive to wise and purposeful advancement.Immature people use whining, sniveling and malcontented self-centeredness to promote their dysfunctions. A sense of maturity in one’s “warrior mindset” is one in which the individual travels a lifelong learning passage of self-evolving enlightenment. The warrior is one engaged in the “warfare” of life and death, whereby one embraces the pains and pleasures of personal existence. Psycho-physiological ascendency stimulates the warrior to stay in the personal struggle of transformation. Vigorous courage in the face of many obstacles is required to remain committed to the engagement.A non-anxious, confident and differentiated perspective, as one encounters the daily contrivances of human nature, remains essential to perfecting leadership capacity. Distractions pull the senses in various directions, deflecting from the critical matters at hand. The most important is self-evolving maturation. Nothing really matters but the matter that transcends the mundane anxiety of selfishness. To this, are the myriad mazes of foolish time wasters within any organizational structure.The list, the chronology and the accumulation of time wasters is exhaustive. Immaturity, self-validation, fragmented selfness, juvenile obsessions with bygone eras of high school frivolities, boyish carnalities, and failures to self-transcend one’s experiences, dogmatically pursue wasteful regressions. Leadership utilizes timeliness in profound and properly managed frames of reference, to enhance self-mastery.One strives to be calm, controlled and properly allocated by sensory awareness within the scope of many points of interactivity. A lot of a person’s squandering of timeliness relates to poor discipline in planning, and the failure to establish the right priorities. Time leadership is essential to accomplishing the goals and objectives of the organization, the group and the individual. This also applies to the subunits within the organization, as well as the larger social culture and subcultures within it.Even with the vast possibilities of techno-savvy innovations, most people squander the little time they have in this finite realm of life. Effectively managing the wonderful opportunities of time, assists the assurance of quality productiveness. As such, leaders must continually be on guard for time bandits. Attentive, aware and action oriented, leaders remain watchful for those who think they can cunningly deceive the rest. Leadership is about using skills to make time-space relationships work for the betterment of those involved. Leading is not “ruling”, it is inspirational.Direction, power and control equalize with consistency the distribution of wise, prudent and judicious actions that guide personnel and resources. In the direction of higher thinking and actualization of thought into action, the leader cultivates dedication and discipline designed for successes. His or her principles and precepts must be the foundation of a totality of efforts, as well as sincere focus of attentiveness. By impartiality of mature actions, leaders reward the worthy and instill confidence for others to rise above themselves and forsake their selfishness in personal liberation.Leadership is about personal freedom. It involves selflessness and invisibility in the sense of shunning needy exploitation in order to satiate self-validation. With that also comes the essentiality of high levels of common sense, backed up by the viability of experience. But at the same time, because of your character, personality and presence, others choose to follow you. Graduate degrees are nice, but as many of us know, alleged higher education is no guarantee of any aspects of greater intelligence.You probably know a number of Ph.D.’s who act quite stupidly. Keep alert to the fact that seemingly “smart” people say, do and believe in stupid things. In fact, infantile behavior is ageless, and spans the human spectrum. A person can be exceptionally brilliant in their tiny niche, and painfully foolish, immature and childlike outside their special world. You can witness this self-absorbed behavior in the hallowed halls of academia every day. As such, a leader has to be alert and vigilant.Cognitive bias in the lust for subjective validation knows no limits. It is a sinister scheming mindset that seeks its own satiation at the expense of others. Meanwhile along the pathways of arrogance, do you really need an award, pat on the back, your name on a building, or glorification by a plaque on the wall? In a meeting or whatever the gathering, or occasion, do you need attention? Do you always want to be the focal point? How much do you desire the fixation of talking about yourself?Leadership involves a realization that motivation comes from your guidance and example. Evolved thinking, time and energy must be centered on bringing the wisdom of your introspection to the presence of purposeful action. You can’t act stupid; you have to demonstrate mature wisdom. In the process, you cannot serve two or more “masters” at the same time, in reflection upon an ancient metaphorical reference. If you want to play “politics” and pretend you are clever, then run for public office.Otherwise, be a leader, take risks, be an exceptional individual. In the timeliness of action, we should always strive to manage operations effectively and efficiently, with compassion. Knowing how the moments of relevance affect our operational capabilities, and how it is expended are important things to ponder. Yet, not for long, decisions have to be made. Those organizational interactions that waste time should be immediately terminated. In a techno-savvy age, there’s no excuse for indulging in wasteful diversions, such as endless meetings that accomplish nothing.Discretion should be used to delegate responsibility and accountability appropriately. Good management strategy requires the proper setting of priorities. In this, the leader must be decisive and willing to accept responsibility of any actions taken, and be held accountable without excuses. We should be action oriented in our service commitment, as well as our devotion to mentoring and disciplining others. As the “team leader”, good leadership wants to inspire his or her team to productive thinking and activities.A leader is an activist. He or she is on the move, observing, analyzing, interpreting, questioning everything, investigating, deciding and being creative in diverse ways. For him or her, there are no idle moments, even when supposedly asleep. Leaders work their brains with the intention of going beyond mental capacity. Higher realms are constantly sought in persevering actions of multidimensional discovery.In today’s world, it doesn’t take much to be a cut above the mundane, the average, the minimum standard or the second-rate. Instead, leadership concerns pursuing the possibilities beyond the normal range of perception. It is a matter of working by persistent behaviors to avoid the pitfalls of stupidity. At any given juncture of people, places and things, there is always the distraction of absurdity. Silliness, folly, and a lack of common sense permeate human interactions. Never underestimate the probability for the propensity of malevolent intentions to arise anywhere.By example of word, expression and deed, the effective strategist provides the foundation by which others make the decision to follow him or her. Most people have not trained themselves, or equipped their capacity for judicious actions. They choose to remain dull, narrow and unevolved. However, for leaders, example, presence and character, demand constant internal strength, discipline and conviction.Our belief system revolves around the primacy of thinking, and must be an open process whereby self-evolution can transform leadership abilities. In our encounters, this also suggests the willingness to expose the courage of our principles. One must be willing to take a stand when it may not be popular to do so, and ridicule runs high. Nonetheless, for the divisiveness of “political correctness”, and the assurance of “feel good” emotionalism, alleged “leaders” will fold when confrontation arises. For such actors, they weren’t really leaders in the first place. On the contrary, they were “managers”, the lackeys of arrogant elitists, who value complacency over competence.Don’t forget, stupidity fosters the purposes of adverse criticism, condescension and counterproductive behaviors. We must be willing to be different and not conform, risk adversity and persevere regardless. To the safe mediocrity around us, the leader would say such conditions are unacceptable. An exceptional amount of courage, daring and risk reside at the heart of good leadership. Good leaders are not without denunciation, scorn or opposition. Blame will always surface at one time or another.

Some will not see the overall scheme of things, the “big picture”, or the long-range goals, and will act in shortsighted selfish ways. Nevertheless, within the organization, an atmosphere of collaboration should encourage a bond of camaraderie. Some might argue, something akin or similar to that of a “family” should exist. Others suggest a coalition of “brotherhood” and “sisterhood”, maybe even “personhood”, built upon positive relationships, which should be cultivated in an enlightened mature manner.Yet, that it is not always possible, because most interactions are primal, unprogressive and juvenile in nature. Regardless, leaders persist in their efforts, calm, patient and working to be wiser than others. We are guided by the counsel of our transforming presence, to develop and promote a style of leadership that reflects an ascendency toward perfection. Models for such behavior are not new, as there are exceptional reflections throughout history of those who did things outside the normal realm.The ancient instances set for us provide ethical precepts that do not seek to glorify the individual, but instead, promote the unity of the body of the organization. Still though, human nature being human nature, opposition in various forms will occur. Acts of egoistic satiation in displays of aberrant foolishness represents a never-ending unevolving regression. For instance, there will always be those who make holy the power of their position, rank or title, socio-economic status, and not by the exceptionality of their thinking. Leaders rise above that, in the humility of their valor.Leaders are the kind of people who believe they should work hard to develop their abilities to manage effectively and efficiently. They strive to be above reproach in all the things they do, tempering themselves with self-discipline, restraint, and compassion. As leaders, we must grow with greater and greater insight into our mission, bother personal and professional. At some point, when darkness falls, our journey evaporates, and we’re gone. We were never here and no one remembers for very long.With that idea in mind, what was the journey all about? At the end of the “games’ we play, and roles we accept, what did we learn? Better yet to consider more introspectively, who did we become? Did we transform into a better more ascended version than the original we once were? On the other hand, did we refuse any effort whatsoever to change? Over the course of the individual quest, there is no magical process, quick fix, or get “get rich quick-self-help” manifesto. There is only the magical thinking we conjure to oversimplify the difficulty of change and fool ourselves in the process.Some believe in the ease by which one becomes a leader. The notion of “teaching” someone to be a leader has become very trendy. Frequently you hear such claims, along with the misuse and excessive use of the very word itself. If you want further confusion, ask someone to explain exactly what leadership is. Seminars, workshops, training consultants of every description, and online “experts” quickly assert the step-by-step “do it yourself” process. For those who proclaim such expertise, one should immediately inquire as to how they know this insight. What are their qualifications?Unfortunately, in post-modern American culture it is very easy to become an alleged expert. Sure, you can do a lot of research, study various theories and so forth, and even write a book about it, or articles, perhaps even a video training series. However, do you really know what you’re talking about as it applies to the real world. Clever sounding language, scientific sounding words, bold claims and colorful metaphors do not make substantiated proofs of anything. A forceful driving sales pitch doesn’t either.Time and energy over a long period of time is part of the transformation journey. Dedicated focused attention, diligent learning through practical application, success and failure, trial and error, pain and pleasure and other individual psychodynamic convergences instigate and transform leadership capacity. Simply put, leadership is not for everyone, as might be concluded by contemporary “anti-thinking” by foolish conjecture to the contrary. Being a leader is about thinking differently.While everyone might get an “equal opportunity”, not everyone is on the same “equal” level as everyone else. People are different and their motives are diverse. Leaders exemplify behavior that suggests the pursuit of mature wisdom, understanding and knowledge in the things they believe, say and do. They seek to deploy a higher level of performance that reflects sound judgment, equity and compassion.