Words from the West
Why did you become a Freemason? Maybe you had a personal relationship with a respected Mason, or maybe it was the appeal of Masonry to make good men great, or perhaps it was Masonry’s ability to create a safe space for education and growth?
I am not a numerologist, however I came across this image, which provides a good analogy for why I joined Masonry. I was always told that leaders deliver at 100%. Even though you are born with it, the word Luck only garners a 47. You learn it in school, yet Knowledge only garners a 96. You learn it from your family, yet hard work only garners a 98. However, the word Attitude garners 100. Is it a coincidence? Is it not values & attitude that make a leader? I believe our ancient brethren left us the leadership attitudes and values encoded for leadership in our meetings and rituals.
These values are:
Equality (meeting on the level), Fortitude (acting by the plumb), Integrity (squaring our actions), and so forth…
As with the four men who introduced me to Masonry, my Grand Father, Father, Uncle & great friend, Masonry helps make great leaders. Leaders in the home, as sons, brothers and fathers. Leaders in society by being engaged, caring and responsible citizens. Leaders at work when leading from the frontlines or as an individual contributor. Masonry offers men the ability to hone the skills we require to lead and create a positive impact on our society.
Therefore, it is no surprise to me that Leadership as a word did not materialize in the English language until 1821. For it is only 8 years after the United Grand Lodge of England’s formation on 27 December 1813, when Masonry began to flourish in the English isles, Commonwealth and beyond.