What Makes A Leader
By Worshipful Brother
Frederic L. Milliken
R. Lucille Samuel
Some people attain the level of leadership just
because they have been around a long time. Some people get to be “head honcho”
because they are everybody’s friend and nobody’s enemy. Still others have
risen to the top through wheeling and dealing and doing favors expecting
favors in return.
Such leaders, after attaining power, rarely
ruffle any feathers. They go along to get along. They do things the way they
have always been done. They refuse to push people to greater heights or hold
anybody accountable for anything. They revel in their honors but do little to
further their organization.
None of this describes R. Lucille Samuel, Grand
Princess Captain Lone Star Grand Guild of Texas PHA. Samuel is far from a “Do
Nothing” leader. Rather she is the type that might say, “Let the chips fall
where they may but we are moving forward embracing change.”
You will understand where she is coming from
and what type of a leader that she is when you read her recent address to the
Grand Guild, delivered at her Grand Session and in conjunction with the Grand
Sessions of all the York Rite Bodies of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand
Lodge Of Texas.
Read the words of a true leader:
2013 has been an awesome year for the Grand
Guild. We have had very successful Regional Trainings and our membership
continues to excel.
So where do we go from HERE?
For wrath killeth the foolish man and envy slayeth the
We need to change our organizational outlook.
We have no peripheral vision. Most of us can only see straight forward and
any type of change is out of the question. You cannot be afraid of failure.
Your success is not measured by the number of times you fall but upon the way
you handle recovery. It is not how high you climb but how you got there. You
must have the courage to take risks.
You cannot lead where you don’t go and you
can’t teach what you don’t know. The key to being a successful leader is
earning respect not because of your Title or position. People who work
together will ALWAYS WIN!
You cannot lead an organization if you are
afraid of change or what other people will think. You have to realize that
people will always talk especially those that envy you. Unfortunately we
don’t like to see others succeed. Instead of giving encouraging words of
advice or wisdom we would rather watch others fail. You do realize that when
the Leader fails so does the organization. A lot of times you will hear the
phrase well THEY said. My interpretation of that is as
The letters in THEY stand for: – T
for Tongue which is a very sharp weapon used against others.
H stands for Hateful
things that people will do to see you Fail.
E stands for ENVY
of those that feel you are a threat to them. They aren’t happy so they feel
that no one else should be happy.
Y stands for YOU
because THEY never said anything YOU did.
We cannot continue to use the same strategies
that our Ancestors used. It may have worked great for them in their time but
times have definitely changed, The phrase, “Well that is how we have always
done it,” has to GO! If we wish to attract members into our
organizations that are talented and well educated a Change must come. You
cannot run a well oiled machine on tap water. There is no reason we should not
have the largest membership Rolls in the world. What makes any other
organization better than the Prince Hall Masonic Family?
I was told a successful person is one who can
lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others have thrown at him. Well we
don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings because they have been in the Order since
the Last Supper. Their wisdom is always welcome. But we cannot continue to
tip toe around others feelings. The ship needs to sail and those who can’t
swim need to stay on the shore.
We are also afraid to share knowledge with
others in fear of them replacing us. Knowledge is power and should not be
used as a weapon. A great leader surrounds themselves with people that have
talents and ideas which make the organization shine. It is a very selfish
person that allows their personal gain to deter progress. Remember that not
all people in charge are leaders. Sometimes it is by virtue of them being in
the right place at the right time or there was no one else at the time
So what do we do to change that? Stop
nominating your friends instead of the qualified person. Stop trying to run
the Organization alone. We know you want all the credit and glory. Share
your knowledge and information to all. Tomorrow is promised to no one. There
should never be a time when one person steps out of a position and someone
else cannot step in. When your organization is losing more members than
receiving new members that is a sign. When your Annual Conference
Registration continues to decline Houston we have serious problem!
We need to make a change. This is a volunteer
organization and people will not continue to spend money on Registration and
travel to attend meetings that continue to hold the same old programs. When
you have Officers that do absolutely nothing during the Year and you continue
to keep them in office people will not support you. It is so petty of you to
threaten people or hold grudges against them just because they run for office
against you. You are not doing anything so get out of the way! There is no
motivation. When your Annual Session minutes state the same business every
year and the only thing that changes is the DATE you are in
If we do not make a change the Prince Hall
Family will dissipate into thin air. All of the hard work our Trail Blazers
accomplished will be in vain.
We have to take charge now and work TOGETHER.
Working against each other we will not survive. We have to have the Wisdom to
know that Music means nothing if the audience is DEAF! We cannot go
back and change the past but we can start today by making a new beginning and
become the WINNING TEAM!
Holding grudges against someone for something
that happened years ago will not solve anything either. Most of you don’t
even remember why you are angry anyway. We are not here to become a Social
Club but to conduct the business of this Great Order.
People may forget what you said to them but
they will never forget how you treated them.
Remember the pessimist sees the difficulty in
every situation and the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Be an Optimist!
Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding; but that which
is in the midst of fools is made known.
We will never have peace if we never let go of
wanting to change the past and controlling the future. You will never be
successful if you have to always ask “What’s In It For Me”?
In closing I ask that we all remember
“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership
is defined by results and not attributes.
I will continue to lead BY THE CROSS,
R. Lucille Samuel
Grand Princess Captain
Lone Star Grand Guild of Texas PHA
Heroines of the Templars Crusade
International Grand Senior Shepherdess
International Grand Deputy of Texas
International Grand Court of Cyrene Crusaders
“BRING ONE TEACH TWO”