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About The Lone Ranger
The story of the Lone Ranger began in 1933 with the first radio broadcast of what would become a highly popular radio show that later expanded into movies and television. The story of the Lone Ranger follows a Texas Ranger who is the lone survivor when a band of outlaws kills all the other Texas Rangers he is riding with. Found barely alive after the brutal killings by a childhood friend, an American Indian named Tonto, the Texas Ranger (who is now the lone surviving Ranger from his group) is brought back to health by his friend and soon tames a wild stallion he names Silver. Together with Tonto and his trusty horse Scout, the Lone Ranger and Silver travel across the American West to help the helpless and right injustices. Preferring to stay anonymous, the Lone Ranger wore a mask over his eyes, causing many of the people he had helped to say, "Who was that masked man?" While numerous actors portrayed the Lone Ranger and Tonto on the radio, in movies, and on television, the two actors most closely associated with the roles are Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, respectively.
The Lone Ranger's Creed
By Fran Striker
1. I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.
2. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
3. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
4. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
5. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
6. That "this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always.
7. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
8. That sooner or later... somewhere... somehow... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
9. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.
10. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.

What can leadership learn from the loose cannon and the lone ranger?
The loose cannon is a person who is expected to perform a particular task, but who is out of control and dangerous. It refers to an irresponsible and reckless individual, whose behaviour endangers the group he or she belongs to.
The lone ranger in contrast is a solitary, sometimes heroic and mysterious person who is always seemingly alone in a wilderness that he does not quite call home, but alongside the lone ranger there is always his side kick Tonto riding beside him.
The challenge that many in leadership have is to clearly define the difference between a loose cannon and a lone ranger.
The loose cannon is about destruction, whereas the lone ranger is about justice.
The loose cannon is about undermining, whereas the lone ranger is about upholding.
The loose cannon is the leader of dissension, whereas the lone ranger is the leader of discussion.
So what do we, as leaders, do with those who are loose cannons? Let them explode, for what they sow they will reap. Secure the friendship of those whom may have come under the spell of the loose cannon, and when the fallout occurs, and it will, then there will be a greater chance of restoration of those who have been unwittingly following the loose cannon – the one whose only plan was ever to destroy.
But then what do you do with the maverick – the one who exhibits great independence in both thought and action – the lone ranger? Whatever you do, don’t confuse him with the loose cannon. He may be a small team player, but his heart is for the welfare and benefit of others. He is always on a mission, but wishes at all times to be disguised. He doesn’t want the accolades of men. He simply wants to get on with what he has been called to do. He wants no rewards. He operates in secret. He works in virtually solitary environments.
Leaders, eventhough you may not always find them easy to understand, don’t discard your lone rangers. Embrace them. For although they may not choose to be part of all that you do, every time, when the chips are down they will be there, sometimes at the eleventh hour, in your darkest of nights, with only one thought in mind, and that is to support, to rescue and to encourage.
Lone rangers are leaders of their own thoughts. They march to a different beat. They refuse to follow the crowd. They are independent of thought. They question motives, and even their own, but seek to stay true to their own heart. They may take longer to be brought into loyalty for a cause, but when they finally come they will stick.
Learn to be a leader of lone rangers, many who are entrepreneurial in nature and character, and gain their loyalty through love, flexibility and understanding, and you will become a leader
Leadership is such a vital part of our society. But one of the most vital elements of true leadership should be demonstrated in the way that we lead our personal lives and not just the lives of those whom we are privileged to lead.
At times external leadership can lose its way and it is at that point that we must determine what vision is guiding our own path and it is at that point that we must adhere to our own personal dreams. This is where true leadership is demonstrated and where it will be put to the test.
Because of this type of leadership that you choose to take upon your own life you will be criticised, opinionised and even despised. And yet if you stand strong by your own personal convictions you will live long and live well. The persecution will pass in time and those who have pointed the finger at you will soon disappear.
You must remember this one thing: at the end of the day the ones whom you will have to live with will be simply you and your God. So stand strong on your convictions and you will be able to live at peace with yourself and your maker.
Of late I have seen GREAT business leaders in my land, as it were, fall from grace. Some have been imprisoned. Others have committed suicide. These were once the high flyers, the respected and the revered. And yet how have the mighty fallen. History repeating itself yet again.
How do I respond to this? Well, one thing is that it would appear that their trust was in themselves and not in their God. They allowed compromise to rule some of their decisions. For this they have reaped humiliation and for some an untimely death.
None of us are FREE from such possibilities in our future, but to safeguard our lives we must continue to walk in humility, knowing that our human frailty is just that.
And unless we yield our lives to the one who created them and seek to run our own race under His direction, we are doomed.
True leadership is unveiled by those who follow the leader of all leaders

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