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How Will You Lead? Sith or Jedi?

I saw this picture a few days ago and it reminded me of Star Wars. How in the world did I get Star Wars in my head from this image? Well, these two ideals of leadership, the leader and the boss, reflect the two side of the Force: Sith and Jedi. While both Orders are searching to bring order to the Galaxy, they both have differing ways of achieving that goal. The Code of the Sith is as follows:

Peace is a lie, there is only passion.

Through passion, I gain strength.

Through strength, I gain power.

Through power, I gain victory.

Through victory, my chains are broken.

The Force shall free me.

They believe in actions, that your emotions will make you powerful and bring you to victory. However, just because they are men and women of action does not mean they do not appreciate the power of words. As Darth Bane once said, “I am not a man of words. But I respect the power of words, for that is what transformed me. The words of the Sith Code. Others had heard them, contemplated them, and so on. But I understood them, and they changed me. For what was I before I heard those words? Nothing.

What gives the Sith such a negative viewing from the public are a few things. The first is the way in which they secure power. They have slunk in the shadows, using fear and intimidation to force those weaker than them to submit to their will. This has been seen when Darth Vader and those of the Empire ordered for the destruction of Alderaa. Another thing that gives the Sith such a negative public perspective is ‘the rule of two’. Created by Darth Bane during the slaughtering of the Sith at the hands of their own brotheren, Darth Bane made it so there could only be a master and an apprentice, keeping the jealousy of the Sith at bay and avoiding extinction. But while those who use the Darkside of the Force are seen as villains, they, like the Jedi, seek peace and order in the galaxy. The biggest difference is that, like a boss, they wish to lead it.

The Jedi, heroes of the Republic, were originally monks; peacekeepers. Before the Clone Wars they were diplomats between planets and disagreeing parties. As the Clone Wars continued, they became generals of the Army of the Republic, fighting and leading the troops of the Clone Army against the separatists. What makes them so different from the Sith are their core ideas. The Sith believe emotions: anger, hatred, physical and emotional connects, makes someone more powerful. They are able to use those emotions to feed their power. Jedis have a much different ideology. They believe the only way to be strong, to be one with the force, they must remove themselves from all emotions and attachments for they lead to dark and evil places. As Yoda once said, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Suffering leads to the Darkside.” The code of the Jedi Order reflects the opposite ideals of the Sith:

There is no emotion, there is peace.

There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.

There is no passion, there is serenity.

There is no chaos, there is harmony.

There is no death, there is the Force.

Now in no way am I saying that you need to be emotionless or removed from anything to be a good leader, nor am I saying that those who use their emotions and passionate are bad leaders.

One is not better than the other. Those who are consumed only by their emotions often get lost in those emotions, misguided and frustrated. However, those who are passionate are some of the most driven people in existence. Those who have removed emotion, who have removed themselves from all possessions are peaceful, calm, but can can they lead? (Now that my intentions are not to stereotype or pigeon hole.)

So here is my thought, a great leader, not a boss, is one who is passionate about those they work with and the things they want to accomplish. They are also able to remove themselves when frustrations and difficulties arise, keeping calm and able to give orders when needed. But what a leader does that a boss does not…a leader is in the trenches with those they are working with. They do not stand above those they work with, but they still direct others. They are decisive and direct. While a leader does not boss, they also do not sit on their hands and wait for others to take action. They, as the word describes, lead!

So whose footsteps will you follow behind? Sith or Jedi? Choose wisely!!