Before I make the grand announcement, as preparation, I'd like to do some brain-storming with you.
Let's define the term "leader."
First some characteristics: And fellow-females, please don't be offended that I'm writing this in the masculine; the person, or people most closely fitting the requirements may very well be ladies. So I hope that suitable women will be mentioned.
A leader has what's in Hebrew called "yozma," initiative. He doesn't check the polls or his advisors to find out what he's supposed to think.
A leader exudes confidence not confusion.
A leader is connected to his "people" and doesn't expect his underlings/staff to do the job.
A leader has principles.
A leader isn't afraid to apologize and explain that a mistake has been made or that the situation demands a change in policy.
A leader has clear goals.
A leader knows how to delegate and motivate people.
A leader isn't appointed; he just leads.
I'll end with a story, true of course; some of you may have heard it, and some of you may have been there when it happened.
When I was a Stern girl, in the late 1960's, the Rishon L'Tzion, Chief Sephardi Rabbi came to New York from Israel, HaRav Nissim, ZaTz"L. Among his public appearances was one at Yeshiva University, when he spoke to the students. I was there.
I think that YU President Belkin introduced him, and in the introduction he bragged that many YU students went to Israel.
HaRav Nissim interrupted:
In Israel we say--after me!
I really do want your feedback before I announce my leader.