What qualities do leaders have in common?

Leadership qualities

These are adjectives that describe a good leader to me. A leader is someone who directs or controls a group or organization but leadership qualities can be demonstrated by anyone no matter what positions they have.

  • intelligent, creative... Being creative and being intelligent seem like they are opposite qualities but I think they are both factors that inspire other people. Intelligence and creativity both produce ideas which are always different from one another, and I think ideas attract people.
  • flexible... Not that he or she is easily influenced but that change is easily made to suit any situation the person faces.
  • purposeful, clear goal... Purposefulness is an important quality especially when you have a magnificent dream on a massive scale and you don’t know if you would manage to accomplish it. Looking back at where you started could encourage you when you face difficulties.
  • honest... Being honest is one of the most important things as a human being. Honesty can lead to trust and a better relationship.
  • organized... As a leader, being organized and prepared will help you at many circumstances. Being ready for the unexpected can help others.
  • patient... Someone who can wait is a nice person to have in a relationship in life. Great leaders need to be patient and not be angry easily because arguments spoil conversations.
  • supportive... After being patient, you will be frustrated. You would want someone to talk to or to be encouraged. Being supportive and helping out others who have had a bad day would improve you as a leader because more people would rely on you.
  • positive... Negativity is not good. Showing a positive attitude and being optimistic could cheer up the mood. People would think of you as someone who they would like to follow, as their leader.



1842 Born in the Battleford region in Saskatchewan.

1873 Adopted by a Blackfoot chief.

1885 Trial begun and was sentenced 3 years.

1886 Died after being released due to poor health.


Treaty No.6

Poundmaker played a great role in a negotiation between the First Nations and the government about Treaty No.6. This treaty was an agreement that said that in exchange to the land owned by the Cree, the government would provide the First Nations with farming knowledge and equipment. Poundmaker was not against the treaty but he wanted to figure out a fair treaty. Alexander Morris, the Lieutenant Governor of the North-west Territories and the government’s idea for land was that the government owned the land and they were going to give the land. On the other hand, the First Nations people had been living on the land for many generations. Poundmaker protested, “This is our land! It isn't a piece of pemmican to be cut off and given in little pieces back to us. It is ours and we will take what we want.” He fought for better treaty conditions but he also feared that his people would suffer starvation. The First Nations people eventually had to agree to the treaty because food was running out. Devastating buffalo loss was fatal which made the First Nations people sign the treaty because the government eventually promised food supply as well.

Poundmaker was intelligent, flexible and purposeful. He knew that their first priority was to secure food supply. He fought for his people’s rights and land but had to find a point where he would compromise and sign the treaty. I think he did his best and that counts as a great leader.

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North-west Uprising

When the North-west uprising began in 1885, there was a fight in Cut Knife. In this fight, the First Nations were superior to Colonel Otter’s army. Otter’s forces withdrew. Poundmaker had not participated in the fight but he stopped his people from going too far and chasing after Otter’s army for it would have resulted in heavy losses in both his people and Otter’s army. The uprising came to an end a few weeks later when Louis Riel surrendered. When Poundmaker heard that Riel had been defeated, Poundmaker sent a letter to Major-General Middleton saying that he was prepared to negotiate a peace settlement. However when they arrived at Battleford he was immediately imprisoned.

Poundmaker was a peaceful chief. He was patient. Although patience didn’t do anything in this case, in today’s life, this patience would probably have resulted in coming up with a parley.

Contributions to Canada

What would Canada be like today if leaders like Poundmaker wasn't there in the past or was lazy to take action?

If no leader from the First Nations people showed up, assimilation would have kept going and The Indian Act could have been harsher on them. The Indian act already said to go to residential schools, no self governance, no traditional ceremonies, must live on reserves etc. This could have been something like, speak English at all times, go to churches, forget clearly about traditional cultures. More colonists may have inhabited the area and diseases that was spread could have resulted in a devastating population decrease. Anyways, leaders in the past have a big influence on us, especially to the Fist Nations in this case.

Naoko Yamazaki


1970: Born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

1996: Earned a Master of Science degree with a major in Aerospace Engineering from Tokyo University.

2001: Certified as an astronaut.

2010: Went on board space shuttle Discovery.

2011: Retired from JAXA(Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)


What is required to become an astronaut?

Astronauts are ones that are chosen and to be one is very difficult. Astronauts are required basic skills like, being intelligent, being cooperative, being healthy, being able to speak English, and some other stuff. Those are preconditions to become an astronauts and all the candidates have them. Naoko says that there are four important facts that make a difference. Those are, self-management, leadership, followership, and understanding the situation.

  • self-management... You don't want to ruin the whole team because of you.
  • leadership, followership... While working as a team, people need to respect each other equally. Leadership is important to make the team function at its highest ability when everyone does their best. Followership supports each other when they face difficulties.
  • Understanding the situation... Naoko finds this the most important as an astronaut. Understanding what your role is in a team is very important to have the team work efficiently.

Astronauts go through many training. One of them is a training to control a fighter plane. Multitasking is required as a astronaut and controlling a plane develops those skills because you will have to look at the map, all the numbers on the panels and the view and lots more.

What did Naoko do differently?

She has shown leadership as an astronaut in her days in the space shuttle but she has retired from JAXA in 2011, she was the first Japanese astronaut to leave JAXA. In her private, she has two children and her husband. She says that she was influenced by her husband who had been working hard to spread the idea of private enterprises going into space industry. She also fears that there will be less people from Japan going to space. Now, she works for the government's team to develop a way in which people won't have to possessed by organizations. There are many engineers and scientists that study space but there is no one that puts together and connects their work.

Her decision of retiring an astronaut and becoming an active person who tries to spread a new idea is very brave. She is purposeful and has a clear goal to change the whole space industry in Japan.

What leadership qualities do they have in common?

To me, it seemed like having a clear goal was the most important. Poundmaker made a decision to agree to the treaty because he thought that protecting their rights and land were their goal but they couldn't have ever achieved it if they were suffering starvation. Naoko had a clear goal too, becoming an astronauts can take about 10 years. She must have always thought of herself being an astronaut and went through all the training without giving up. Later, after she has achieved her first goal, she pursues another dream. Having a dream or a goal can definitely motivate someone.