Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a leader? Well, you are one so you don’t have to wonder about it! At least, that’s what I think. I think a leader has to have the following characteristics; First of all, you have to have someone follow your orders or just follow you to be a leader. If you have no one following you, you can’t be a leader. A leader also has courage. Without courage a leader can’t stand up for what they believe in. Leaders have to be able to make good decisions fast. For example, if someone is going against you and your followers, you have to know what to do with them fast, or else your followers might change sides. Leaders also have to be strict with themselves and others, but at the same time they have to be gentle with themselves. Leaders have to stick to what they want to do and be strict about it or it won’t happen. But they also have to be gentle, so they don’t overdue what they want to do. Leaders are born. I think this because everyone is a leader. Think about it. When you tell yourself to do something, don’t you do it? Such as if you are itchy, doesn’t your brain tell you to scratch? Your brain is you so you are taking charge of yourself. You are doing what you believe in, that you should scratch the spot where it itches. You and I are leaders at all times. We tell our bodies to do what we want them to do. But we are gentle with ourselves. For example, if you want to lose weight, you are not going to try to lose 20 pounds in a week right? You are going to try to lose it in 3 or 4 weeks. This way, you are doing what you want to accomplish, but at the same time, you are being gentle with yourself. Following someone else is a different thing. Its not about controlling yourself, but it is about following someone who you think is doing the right thing. Here is an example of when I followed a leader; Once, my friends and I were playing during recess. (just to let you know, this is an example from when I was little) Then a girl came up to us and started making fun of us and we all started to cry. After she left, we didn’t know what to do about her. Then one of my friends suggested that we should tell on the bully. But the rest of us were scared that the bully would get mad and try to kill us. Finally, I decided that it was the right thing to do, so I joined my friend. I became her follower. A few other girls came with us. But some of my friends were just to scared. In the end, it all turned out good. The bully had to apologize to us and after that, she became one of my friends. We still are great friends and we look back at this incident and laugh. Anyways, a leader has the ability to make good, fast, and smart choices. A leader can’t be a leader if they can’t make smart decisions, and I already explained why before. A leader also has the ability to stick to what they believe in. I also explained this concept before. After reading this, you should never have to wonder if you are a leader or not, because you are one, and will always be one!