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What Makes a Good Leader Great?

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The Case for Tier vs. Ashur

You know them when you see them, right? Some say a leader is born, not made, but I don’t think that’s true. Leaders certainly share some characteristics, such as:

  • Intelligence
  • Listening skills
  • Communication skills
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Adaptability
  • Clear expectations

That’s a good list for now. We don’t need every skill out there, just the big ones. Intelligence is mandatory and both Tier and Ash seem to have this one down so we’re gonna move on.

Listening skills – now this is something lots of leaders think they have, think they don’t need, or fail to use. According to Junco, Ash sucks at this and Tier wins in this category easily.

Communication skills – I’ve seen Tier mishandle lots of tense situations because he’s not a great communicator. In fact he can get downright nasty unless he forced to say what’s on his mind. He’s certainly got a passive aggressive side to him in this department. Ashur, on the other hand, seems to handle the talking part better than he does the listening part. Score one for Ash.

Courage – both Ash and Tier have no issues in this department.

Respect – this too is hard to differentiate. While they both have opposite leadership styles, the men respond to each of them equally.

Adaptability – I think both Ash and Tier lack in this quality. They are pretty rigid and like to have consensus (yes Tier – even you). Junco is absolutely the most adaptable soldier on the team because she’s never had the luxury of relying on others, but she’s definitely not a leader.

Clear expectations – in battle both men are able to spell out objectives, but Junco tells me that Ash is far better at this, probably because he’s the communicator.

So, who’s the better leader? Luckily the 039 doesn’t have to choose because both men direct this team and when one fails the other picks up the slack. When Tier is lax, Ashur is strict. When Tier is out of control, Ashur is reserved. When Tier is treating Junco like shit, Ashur makes her happy.

It’s almost like the cancel each other out. It's like asking - Who's the better superhero? Batman or Iron Man?  Batman is in control, he's a bit tight, right? That's Ashur.  While Iron Man, he's cool, funny, easy to hate...that's Tier.

Regardless of who has which quality – one thing’s for sure…Tier and Ash are a package deal and I doubt the team could run without them both in control.

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  • Isten
    Isten Friday, 03 August 2012

    Dude...there is no contest

    BATMAN TOTALLY FUCKING RULES. I mean, how is that even up for debate? He's got the freaking Batcave for fuck's sake!!!!!! :o And the car...the mansion...the tragic childhood...

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  • Sera
    Sera Friday, 03 August 2012

    Gideon, my little heart throb...

    You're always stirring the pot...Oh, and I choose Iron Man. I have no idea what you're talking about Isten - Batman is too tragic. Iron Man is fun! :p

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  • Ashur
    Ashur Friday, 03 August 2012

    Thanks Isten!

    I always figured you're on Tier's side!

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  • Tier
    Tier Friday, 03 August 2012

    He is, you dumbass...

    He's just not smart enough to know I'm Iron Man in this scenario! ;)

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  • Ashur
    Ashur Friday, 03 August 2012

    Ha!

    Isten chooses ME!

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  • Isten
    Isten Friday, 03 August 2012

    Fuck off

    I'm on Ash's side you piker. BAT. MAN.

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  • Lucan
    Lucan Friday, 03 August 2012

    I'm on both sides

    Batguy and Iron Dude are equally cool.

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  • Gideon
    Gideon Friday, 03 August 2012

    I'm going to make Junco

    BAN YOU. You're so stupid.

  • Esta
    Esta Friday, 03 August 2012

    He's messing with you

    Gideon! He's not as dumb as you think - I mean for Seven's sake, he's seven thousand years old. Do you really think he can't work the smilies on a BLOG??? Or get Batman's name straight? Junco and I sit up at night drinking beer just laughing at how gullible you guys are... :)

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  • Gideon
    Gideon Friday, 03 August 2012

    Duh

    Duh Duh Duh - I can just picture you drinking beer, Esta. I bet you can really down the suds. wanna play quarters tonight? I'll get ya drunk and take advantage of ya. ;) ;) ;)

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  • Esta
    Esta Friday, 03 August 2012

    Seat's taken

    Gideon...seat is taken... :)

  • Lucan
    Lucan Friday, 03 August 2012

    Shhhh...

    Let him think I'm stupid...

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  • Snowbird
    Snowbird Friday, 03 August 2012

    Uh....

    I'm with Lucan! Bat guy and Iron Dude are equally stupid! And what's up with me not being a leader? I'm an excellent leader...Did i or did I not get everyone back alive??? Hmmm??

  • Tier
    Tier Friday, 03 August 2012

    Shit darlin'

    I think yer off yer meds again...What book did YOU read?

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  • Snowbird
    Snowbird Friday, 03 August 2012

    Spoliers?? Hello???

    Gotta keep this shit under wraps, right? (I choose Batman...no wait, who's Batman again? I choose Iron Man...right?) Aw fuck it - I choose Tier...(But I love you to Ashur!) :D

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