In the poem "If," there are illustrations of moral qualities that you must possess to prove you have entered manhood. Patience and self control are moral qualities in "If." Possessing self control and patience are two essential moral qualities that will lead one into manhood:
If you can keep your...
head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can possess these qualities, you can become a man. If you can remain level headed when others are not, then you can enter manhood. If you can wait patiently and not get too tired from waiting, then you can enter manhood. Clearly, the poem "If" is one of instruction. It shows good moral qualities that a leader needs:
“If” is a didactic poem, a work meant to give instruction. In this case, “If” serves as an instruction in several specific traits of a good leader.
Through specific illustrations, Kipling offers the instructions needed to have manly characteristics. By providing concrete illustrations, the reader understands what qualities exemplify leadership:
Kipling offers this instruction not through listing specific characteristics, but by providing concrete illustrations of the complex actions a man should or should not take which would reflect these characteristics.
Follow Kipling's instructions and "you'll be a Man my son!"