The Characteristics of A Leader: A Leadership Poem

The Characteristics of A Leader

Leaders are readers they take history and recreate it,

they get lost in powerful stories and become one.

Leaders never dwell on their title because

they possess their position so well that others make up titles for them in reverence.

Leaders are patient teachers with multiple gifts

and they stick to their authentic selves.

They choose paths that allow them to do what they love while saving lives.

Leaders believe they are winning even when to others,they are losing;

Leaders see a dead-end and build a bridge;

pave a road;

change their transportation;

are the change in their relationships.

Leaders are not conceited because they hang around people with gifts that they don’t have.

Leaders have followers, not because they are bullies;

they are irresistible beings with endless solutions who master their behavior.

Leaders are imperfect people who reinvent themselves as often as they add a new skill.

In many cases, a leader may not be liked, or respected but they cannot be denied.

Leaders know that God is their source, and not their resource.

They pray for wisdom and gain abundance.

We are in an overflow experience where

the remnant of Martin’s Dream and Obama’s Change has taken root.

More children have access to higher dimensions of theory than ever before.

Your grandparents were told to be quiet unless spoken to,

while we believe children have a pure sense of faith and creativity for the world;

they should be heard.

Just as this world is eliminating a middle class,

We must equip ourselves to be truly free at last.

From the chains of mediocrity, that people swallow as an excuse like a placebo;

deceiving themselves by maintaining their pain

instead of manifesting a cure,

This is a charge to each and every one of you to want more.

See your gifts to the world and own them, each and every one.

Know that Leaders are readers, they study to create.

They look their weaknesses right in the fragility of their face.

They have vision that some blind men cannot see.

Leaders have been known to be worth more than their invoice fee,

until the tipping point happens when those watching are still in disbelief.

You are a Leader.

It is a universal calling from Heaven but like God, we have free will to choose.

I FOREVER believe that God put leader inside of you!

Written By: Ressurrection Graves

Date: April 30th, 2011

Performed: May 7th, 2011

This poem is special. It was an honor to write and deliver this poem inside of the Nation’s Capitol for several hundred youth and their families.

A Special Thank You to Chonya Davis Johnson.

I also want to dedicate the release of this poem to David Russell Duerson also known to the world as Double D. A leader he was, and one of the most intelligent, knowledgeable men I had to pleasure to be friends and business associates with.

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And, I’d like to say Happy Birthday Michael Jordan (my favorite basketball player of all time.)

The US Capitol Building – I performed The Characteristics of a Leader here!


Original Publish Date: February 17, 2012 at 12:31

Note: While the picture of MLK and Barack Obama is a powerful one, it does not depict my choice as a voter. It is only used for illustration of the poem as Barack is the president during the time of its writing.


About Ressurrection

Ressurrection Graves is a Child Sexual Abuse Grooming Expert and H.E.A.L.E.R. (Healer, Educator, Activist, Life Skills Expert, Empowerment Speaker, Relationship Mentor) Her website reaches readership in 188 countries. She is available for national speaking engagements, radio and television interviews. She can be reached at: 202.717.7377 or send your request to: ressurrection dot wordpress at yahoo dot com or comment on
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18 Responses to The Characteristics of A Leader: A Leadership Poem

  1. Chonya says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing….

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  3. This poem needs to be in schools as a way to teach all Americans on how great we can all be in our loving country of God thank you for a great systematic synthesis on What is a true leader

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  5. Wonderful! Real! Powerful! Reblogging NOW.

  6. Reblogged this on Authentic Imperfection and commented:
    And another. Now, I’m off to write through my pain, my confusion. To recreate my life!

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  9. This was just wonderful. Congratulations! I am reblogging so my readers will be able to experience this wonderful poem. I wish I had seen you. I invite you to visit my blog.

  10. This is a very strong poem. Inspiring to say the least.


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