Above all else the Dominant cherishes His submissive, in the knowledge that the gift the submissive gives Him is the greatest gift of all. The Dominant is demanding and takes full advantage of the power given to Him, but knows how to share the pleasure that comes from that precious gift.
The Dominant is in control of himself first and foremost, so that He may control others. As a stern and demanding Master, He can cause His submissive to cry real tears. As the consummate lover, He will then kiss the tears away, without stepping out of character.
In times of trouble, a Master will leave the roles behind, to be a supportive friend and partner, never forgetting that this is still a loving relationship between two caring individuals. He is quick to understand the differences between fantasy and reality. He would never ask a submissive to put Him before her career, or family, just to satisfy His own pleasure.
To win His submissives mind, body, spirit, soul, and love, He knows He must first win her trust. He will show his submissive humor, kindness, and warmth. He must always show her that His guidance and tutoring is knowledgeable and deserving of her attention, that this is a Man she can learn from, and trust His direction.
He is romantic enough to be protective and chivalrous. When called upon, He will fight for his lady's honor. He proves to her that he is someone she can lean on, and depend on.
When it comes time to teach His submissive her lessons of obedience, He is a strong and unyielding professor. He will accept no flaw, nothing less than perfection from His student. Never does He use discipline without a good reason. When He does it is always
with a knowledgeable and careful hand.
He is always open to communication and discussion, always ready to hear her wants and needs. He is patient, taking time to learn her limits, and knowing that as her trust of Him grows, so will they. He never has to demand ritual behavior by her. She responds to Him out of the want of pleasing Him. Compliance comes from the wanting to please, not the fear of punishment. He understands the fragile nature of mind and body a and never violates the trust given to Him.
He is secure enough to laugh at Himself and the absurdities of life. Open minded enough to learn new things. Strong enough to grow. His tools are mind, body, spirit, soul, and love. He understands that each partner gains most from pleasuring the other. And both of them know that love and trust are the only bindings that truly hold.