What is Miriam Drum? It is best understood when Miriam waited until Moses was finished with his shir. Then she “took a drum in her hand, and all the women went out after her with drums and with dances”. And Miriam chanted for them…Miriam’s model of leadership valued delay. She recognized the power of timing, holding back until the people were ready. It was knowing the timing and pulse of the people. Being a leader often demands restraint, not impulsivity. It means relating to people in ways that build confidence and understanding.