As the oldest of the Pevensie children in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter is appointed by Aslan to be the High King. His other three siblings are also going to be kings and queens, but Peter is the leader. Immediately after he is given this news by Aslan, he hears his sister’s horn sounding for help in what turns out to be an attack by a wolf.
Because the wolf had raided the camp of Aslan, several of the good creatures surrounded the intruder to save Susan, but Aslan called them off as this was Peter’s fight to win.
“Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.”
Peter had never been in this type of fight before. In fact, he had just been given his sword and shield as presents from Father Christmas; he had never had to actually use them. He was understandably afraid. Even in our world where wolves do not seem quite as intimidating as they do in Narnia, I don’t know that I would want to meet one and have to fight with it.
However, CS Lewis used very precise language to communicate a very specific point. Peter was obligated to save his sister. It is no coincidence that this episode immediately follows his conversation with Aslan where he is told that he is going to be the High King of Narnia.
Leadership requires a willingness to act. Leaders have to take care of those who they are called to protect even if they don’t feel particularly brave at the time. Running away was not an option; he would have betrayed the trust of those he was called to lead. In the words of Confederate general James Longstreet, “You can’t lead from behind.”
Peter did ultimately triumph over the wolf and killed him, but as his adrenaline rush was coming to an end, Aslan taught Peter another important trait of a leader.
“Whatever happens, never forget to wipe your sword.”
Clearly, his sword was bloody upon the death of his foe, and while cleanliness is a good thing, it might seem a little bit surprising that Aslan would be so quick to admonish Peter for forgetting this. Later that night, after all of the excitement died down, surely he would have realized that he had forgotten to clean his sword. However, Aslan wanted this to be done almost immediately after the battle was complete.
Leaders do not always have very much time to regroup. They need to be ready for the next fight. They need to always be taking steps to prepare. Although there was no subsequent battle, there very well could have been, and Peter would have needed his weaponry to be ready for that contest. The leader should never go into a situation underprepared if there was the opportunity to be fully prepared.
It is not easy to be in leadership, and Peter, as the teenage boy, had very little experience. However, Aslan’s guidance put him on the right track towards his ultimate destiny as the High King of Narnia.
 CS Lewis, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 3683-3684, Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., Kindle Location 3701.