After I read the book ‘Think and Grow rich’ by Napoleon Hill for the book of the month for my book club, I decided to share some vital contents of the book for my redaers, especially about a particular chapter Organised Planning, where he wrote extensively about leadership, read here for my previous post on the causes of failure in leadership. This blog post is gleaned from it.
The major causes of failure in leadership includes the following:
Inability to Organize Detail- No genuine leader is ever too busy to do anything which may be required as a leader. When a leader or follower is too busy to change plans or give attention to an emergency is an indication of inefficiency.
Unwillingness to Render Humble Service- Truly great leaders are willing, when occassion demands, to perform any sort of labour that they would ask another to perform.
Expectations of Pay for What They Know Instead of What They Do With What They Know- The world does not pay for what people know, it pays them for what they do.
Fear of Competition From Followers- The leader who fears that one of his followers may take his position is practically sure to realise that fear sooner or later. By training others to understudy them will a leader be able to multiply himselfandmake others better than him.
Lack of Imagination- Without imagination, leaders are incapable of meeting emergencies and of creating plans by which to guide followers efficiently.
Selfishness- Leaders who claim all the honour for the work of their followers are sure to be met by resentment. Really great leaders do not claim the honour, instead they let it go to their followers because they know most people work harder for recognition rather than money alone.
Intemperance- Followers do not respect an intemperate leader.
Disloyalty- Leaders who are not loyal to their trust and to their associates i.e. those above and below them, cannot maintain their leadership for long.
Emphasis of the Authority of Leadership- Efficient leaders lead by encouraging, not by trying to instil fear in the hearts of their followers. Leaders who try to impress followers with their ‘authority’ come within the category of leadership through force. Real leaders have no need to advertize that fact except by their conduct, sympathy and understanding.
Emphasis of Title- Competent leaders require no title to gain the respect of their followers. Leaders who make too much of their title generally have little else to emphasize. The doors to the office of real leaders are open to all who wish to enter.