Mindset Mastery 147 – More Traits Of Concern

Mindset Mastery eBookAs promised, here is the second half of Napoleon Hill’s list of the 10 major reasons why potential leaders fail.

5 More Major Reasons Leaders Fail

6. Selfishness. The leader who takes all the credit for the work of his or her followers is sure to be met by resentment. The really great leader claims none of the credit. Great leaders are content to see the honors, when there are any, go to his or her followers, because he or she knows that most people will work harder for praise and recognition than they will for money alone.

7. Intemperance. Followers do not respect a leader who lacks self-control. Moreover, intemperance in any of its various forms destroys the endurance and the vitality of all who indulge in it.

8. Disloyalty. Perhaps this should have come at the head of the list. The leader who is not loyal to his or her employer, and to his or her associates, both those above and below, cannot maintain leadership for long. Disloyalty marks a person as being low, and brings down on a person’s head the contempt he or she deserves. Lack of loyalty is a major cause of failure in every walk of life. The modern workplace is not the shining example of enduring loyalty it used to be, but nevertheless, disloyalty is not a trait that will be tolerated by employers or respected by peers or those under a leader.

9. Emphasizing the “authority” of leadership. The efficient leader leads by encouragement and example, not by trying to instill fear in the hearts of followers. The leader who tries to impress followers with his or her “authority” falls within the category of leadership through force. Real leaders have no need to advertise their authority except by his conduct—their sympathy, understanding, fairness, and demonstrating that they know their job.

10. Emphasizing the title. Competent leaders do not require a “title” to give them the respect of their followers. People who make too much of their titles generally have little else to emphasize. The doors of real leaders are open to everyone; their working quarters are free from formality or ostentation.

These are among the more common causes of failure in leadership [the complete list of 10]. Any one of these faults is enough spell failure. Study the list carefully if you aspire to leadership, and make sure that you are free of these faults.

Leadership Potential

Napoleon Hill knew we all have the potential to be leaders, but we do not all put the effort into making that a reality. This list of 10 major mistakes can help you enhance your potential, and teach you more of how a true leader operates.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2009

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Hi Sean,
    An interesting parallel between your point number 10 on title that I learnt a few years back is that of the position of family members at a table at meal times. It is better that a father is not defined by where he sits at the table but by his actions. In my day, our father sat at the head of the table and we were not allowed to sit there. In my house, we sit where we want and I like to move all of us around. I think there is also an element of your point number 9 in there to in terms of authority and its correlation with where we were told to sit at the dinner table. Maybe some people reading this will now start sitting their little children at the end of the table. 🙂 Leadership comes with action, not with title. Thanks for sharing as these are some valuable points.

    Your student 🙂


    “pursue your goals with certainty”
    .-= Eileen´s last blog ..Food Intolerance Symptoms =-.

  2. Hi Sean
    Perfect timimg as i needed to write a presidents report today and present tonight this has helped me really decide where i stand among my crew and further direction.
    thanks SEAN

  3. G’day Sean,
    Excellent as usual. POINT 8 Sadly, loyalty in many industries has evaporated, particularly in the music industry where it’s dog eat dog, and to hell with loyalty. The teachings in SLOA encourage loyalty, even though it’s not spelt out
    I am very grateful to be chosen for the scholarship.
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..Jazz at The Gold Coast Arts Centre Queensland, Australia updated Fri Oct 2 2009 9:31 am CDT =-.

  4. Hi Sean, A parallel that could also relate to point number 7 is that a leader can not afford to lose their temper. A result of stress and not being able to control emotions. Bottled up emotion if not recognized for what it is and dealt with can be a big downfall for a person in authority. i.e. a famous TV chef fairly recently had people captivated for a while until he lost the plot completely and ended up losing everything including and, most importantly the respect of his followers.

    • It’s a tricky point. It is not a sign of leadership if you lose your temper towards your followers on a regular basis, but I had bosses that I still respect highly who lost their temper once or twice. What made it acceptable? They apologized for it afterwards and explained what and why it happened.
      So they showed that they are human but took responsibility and didn’t just take it out on the employees. In these cases it was a sign of good leadership qualities to me.
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

      • Jazz Salinger says:

        Hi Jill and Renee,

        I have huge respect for anyone who has the courage to admit when they’ve done something wrong and genuinely apologize. We’re all human and we all make mistakes, but not all of us are capable of saying, ‘hey, I was completely wrong and I’m really sorry’. I definitely think that is a great quality for a leader to have. I don’t expect perfection but I do expect the ability to apologize and take responsibility for their own actions. Then, forgiveness comes easy. 🙂

  5. What an insightful list that we can all use for our own personal self-analysis. Although I am beginning to wonder why Hill chose to define these – and the causes of failure – in negative terms. He could have instead stated, for example, “the 10 major reasons why potential leaders succeed”. Any thoughts would be appreciated?
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

  6. Puts worth taking on board for all present leaders/furture leaders. There is nothing that gets me more upset is the leader that can not say “Thank you” to their own team. For a leader to be at the top – its a wonderful team that is standing behind them…..If a leader cannot walk the talk, be truthful, be compassionate and understanding, give direction but at the same time know that they were able to accomplish the same job, be grateful for all that they have and all that they will recieve then in my books (or my eyes) they are not worthy of being a leader.
    Behind every great leader is a even greater team.
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Its Meant To Be =-.

  7. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    This list is certainly a comprehensive outline of where leaders go wrong. I think the problem in lots of corporations in Australia is that people who get promoted to management positions are usually very good at their jobs. This doesn’t mean that they are necessarily good leaders and there is little or no training in how to be an effective manager.

    I really think this is just like any other skill. You need to work at it if you want to be any good at it.

    • That’s what is called the “Peter-Principal” I think. You get promoted and promoted until you can’t handle the job anymore. So you get promoted one step too far to be really your best. Which is a shame but reality in the corporate world since decades.
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind =-.

  8. I had a manager once who fit into all of these. Unfortunately when I brought it to her superior’s attention no one backed me up as they were afraid of what might happen to them. It’s disheartening to lose the loyalty of coworkers when you are standing up for yourself and trying to get someone to see things they should be doing differently to get the responses they want.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

  9. Hi Sean

    You cannot be a leader to others until you can be a leader to yourself and this means really looking at what you deem to be leadership qualities.

    If you write down all the qualities that you admire in a leader, have a look to see if you carry those same qualities. If not, you can always choose to stop the behaviours that do not define a leader and embrace the ones that do.

    We become what we want to be when we are all that we admire in others.

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