And yes, I’m talking about the ponies in the popular TV show, My Little Pony.
Okay, so you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is this person talking about? Why ponies?”
I’m talking about the protagonists of MLP and how they show some qualities of a leader. I chose to talk about the ponies in MLP because I saw that the main characters portrayed strong female roles, and I think every child, teenager, and adult should watch at least one of the episodes.
In My Little Pony, Twilight Sparkle, the main pony of the Mane 6, is sent to Ponyville to study friendship. At the end of almost every episode, Twilight writes a letter to Princess Celestia, her teacher, about her experiences and what lesson she learned from her friends. These lessons teach anyone watching the show many things about accepting yourself and others, how important friends are, and much more! For example, here is one of Twilight’s letters to Celestia.
Dearest Princess Celestia,
Today I learned that it’s hard to accept when somepony you like wants to spend time with somepony who’s not so nice. Though it’s impossible to control who your friends hang out with, it is possible to control your own behavior. Just continue to be a good friend. In the end, the difference between a false friend and one who is true will surely come to light.
Your faithful student,
From Season 1, Episode 5 Griffon the Brush Off
During her time in Ponyville, Twilight go through many experiences and develops many skills, such as leadership skills. For example, in episode 11 of season 1: Winter Wrap Up, everypony is assigned different jobs to help prepare Ponyville for spring, and Twilight wants to help. She tried all of the jobs, but none of them suited her. When she heard from the mayor that nothing was getting done and that spring was going to be late again, Twilight took charge and began organizing each team of workers (since organization is her expertise), and spring arrived on time.
In this episode, Twilight followed her intuition and immensely helped out with spring arriving on time. If she didn’t step up, spring in Ponyville would’ve been late again. As Bill Gates once said, “as a leader, often you have to rely on intuition.”
In episode 2 of season 3, Twilight is in the Crystal Empire, where a villain named King Sombra takes away a key item to restore the Crystal Empire, the Crystal Heart. Twilight and her partner, Spike, go up the Crystal Castle to retrieve the heart. When Twilight reaches for the Heart, sharp black crystals shoot up from the floor, which traps her in a crystal prison. She knew that she needed to bring back the Crystal Heart to pass her test, but she also knew that the lives of the Crystal Ponies were more important. So, she gave the Heart to Spike and told him to bring it to Princess Cadance, the ruler of the Crystal Empire. She had to sacrifice her chances of passing the test for the sake of the Crystal Empire. Even though she knew the risk of failing the test.
Some good leaders are willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of the people and/or to keep others safe. They are aware that the consequences can be fatal but these leaders know that it’s for the interest of others.
There are many other qualities that make up a good leader, but I’ll stop at these two.
Thanks for reading my post, I know it was probably weird reading about ponies, but hey at least you know that My Little Pony isn’t all about cupcakes and rainbows. There’s more to MLP than just “girly” stuff. There’s also important lessons to keep in mind and much more.