Dalai Lama

Spiritual leader of the Tibetan people

What is a Great Leader?

Dalai Lama was born on july 6, 1935 into a farming family. His given name at birth was Lhamo Thondup. He lived with his mother, Diki Tsering, and his father, Choekyong Tsering, in Takster, Amdo, in north-eastern Tibet, Lhamo Donrub. He was the fifth of sixteen children, but only one of 7 to survive childhood. It is believed that there were numerous spiritual signs that intercepted Lhamo as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The preserved head of the 13th Dalai Lama which was facing southeast had mysteriously turned northeast, indicating the direction in which his successor would be found. The Regent, Reting Rinpoche, had a vision that Amdo was the region in which the successor would be found. At age 2, he was proclaimed as the 14th Dalai Lama and was renamed Tenzin Gyatso. He was not enthroned until the age of fifteen. Gyatso recived education at the age of six. Finally, at age 23 he took his final exam to become Dalai Lama. He passed and was givin the highest-level degree, quivalent to a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy. While being Dalai Lama, Lhamo has learned to be kind and gentle. He knows what it takes to be a great leader. He has respect even for those who do not respect him. By showing leadership traits like being responsible for things he needs to do, being honest to his peoople, and being compassionate, people can see how he is worthy of being their leader and giving him power and trust he uses it in the right way. A lot like Lhamo, I see the positive or the good in the situation. I can keep a smile on my face whether I'm happy or in the mood or not. Dalai give courage to people all around the world, not just to the Buddhists people. Being optimistic is a very impostant leadership trait. Keeping a postive enviroment is hard for most people to do. It gives hope and peace to his followers.