The Attributes Of Leadership

The most important aspect in the life of every human being is Leadership.

Leadership is the capacity of an individual to lead a group of other leaders or followers.

The concept of leadership has been fittingly spelt out by Napoleon Hill in his book ‘Think and Grow Rich.’ This blog post has been gleaned from it.

There are so many reasons why people aspire to be in leadership positions, either for good reasons, selfish reasons or for any other reasons best known to them.

According to Napoleon Hill, “There are two kinds of people in the world, the first kind are known as Leaders, while the other kinds are called Followers.”

Whatever position you find yourself, always have this at the center of your mind.

He further went on to write that “Decide whether you intend to become a leader in your chosen calling, or remain a follower. The difference in compesation is vast.” The follower cannot reasonably expect himself to be rewarded with the same kind of compensation that goes to a leader.

I’ve seen this countless times. Many people remain followers for a long time in their field. They eventually become redundant and then become replaced. Once this happen, they become depressed, believing that the number of years they have spent in that position should have counted as something.

It’s a rule of life, that no follower should be given the same compensation or renumeration as the leader gets.

According to Napoleon Hill, the major attributes possessed by true leaders are:

1. Unwavering courage: No follower wishes to be dominated by a leader who lacks self confidence and courage.

2. Self Control: The man who cannot control himself will find it hard to control others.

3. A Keen Sense Of Justice: Without a sense of fairness and justice, no leader can command and retain the respect of his followers.

4. Definiteness Of Decision: The man who wavers in his decisions shows that he’s unsure of himself, and therefore, cannot lead others.

5. Definiteness Of Plans: The successful leader must plan his work and work his plan. A leader who moves by guess work without practical, definite plans, is comparable to a ship without a rudder. Sooner or later, he will land on the rocks.

6. The Habit Of Doing More Than Paid For: One of the penalties of leadership is the neccesity of willingness, upon the part of the leader, to do more than paid for.

7. A Pleasing Personality: No slovenly, careless person can become a successful leader. Leadership calls for respect. Followers will not respect a leader who does not grade high on all the factors of a pleasing personality.

8. Sympathy And Understanding: The successful leader must have sympathy on his followers. Moreover, he must understand them and their problems.

9. Mastery Of Detail: Successful leadership calls for mastery of the details of the leader’s position.

10. Willingness To Assume Full Responsibility: The successful leader must be willing to accept responsibility for the mistakes and shortcomings of his followers.

11. Cooperation: The successful leader must understand and apply the principle of cooperative effort and be able to induce his followers to do the same.

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