Mindset Mastery 144 – Attributes Of A Leader

Mindset Mastery eBookNapoleon Hill showed us that there are leaders and there are followers; this we know. But what makes a leader?

The Major Attributes Of Leadership

The following are important factors of leadership:

1. Unwavering courage based on knowledge of self, and of your occupation. No follower wishes to be dominated by a leader who lacks self-confidence and courage. No intelligent follower will be dominated by such a leader for very long.

2. Self-Control. The person who cannot control him- or herself can never control others. Self-control sets a high example for a leader’s followers, which the more intelligent will emulate.

3. A keen sense of justice. Without a sense of fairness and justice, no leader can command and retain the respect of his followers.

Standout4. Definiteness of Decision. The person who wavers in his or her decisions shows that he or she is not sure of him- or herself. He/she cannot lead others successfully.

5. Definiteness of plans. The successful leader must plan his (her) work, and work his plan. A leader who moves by guesswork, without practical, definite plans, is like 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 having to do more than what is required of followers under the position of leadership.

7. A pleasing personality. A slovenly, careless person cannot become a successful leader. Leadership calls for respect. Followers will not respect a leader who does not grade high on all of the factors of a Pleasing Personality.

8. Sympathy and understanding. The successful leader must be able to sympathize with his or her followers. He or she must understand them and their problems.

9. Mastering details. Successful leadership calls for mastery of details of the leader’s position.

10. Willingness to assume full responsibility. The successful leader must be willing to assume responsibility for the mistakes and the shortcomings of followers. If a leader tries to shift this responsibility, he or she will not remain the leader. If a follower makes a mistake, and shows him- or herself incompetent, the leader must consider that it is he (or she) who failed.

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. Leadership calls for power, and power calls for cooperation.

Are You A Leader?

Like Napoleon Hill you may not think of yourself as a leader, but to someone you are. As you absorb the characteristics of the wealthy and successful, that role will grow to more meaningful and important heights. Keep this in mind, because someone, somewhere is watching you, and your success could be having a much larger impact than you think.

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. G’day Sean,
    That’s a great description of you, Yang and all the team. Thankyou all for your help

  2. P.S.
    These qualities apply to being a bandleader too.

  3. I can tell you for a fact that many so called “leaders” do not show these attributes.

    But yes, whether you call it being a leader or a role-model there is always someone that looks onto you in some-way, shape or form. Kids are a great example – you are their leader and role-model.
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  4. Hi Sean, Having leadership qualities…sounds good. It would be rewarding to have the skills to lead someone to financial success….does hold a lot of responsibility also.

    Most likely, a leadership situation is impossible to asses until it arose. Being the eldest in a family of 6 children could most likely be considered having early training at developing leadership qualities.

  5. Wow that’s a lot of things a leader needs to have. What a lot of people forget when they become the boss is that while they can call the shots and direct their employees, it does not automatically make them a leader. Many a time I’ve seen bosses who though they were leaders. They made other peoples lives a misery while they went off on their ego trip. I wonder why they feel the need to be that way?

    • Hi Ray

      To give you my thoughts in the question you raise, they’re lacking a few of the qualities on the list here, and number 1 is one of them. To have unwavering courage, one has to be secure within themselves. A person, who is the way you describe, isn’t secure because it shows in the way they treat others. They also don’t lead with the ego, they lead from a much higher place than that.

      .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

    • Hi Ray,
      I agree with Lina. If they are the way you described it is most likely because of insecurity and fear, even so I guess they would never agree. But I can’t see another (real) reason to mistreat others then being worried that otherwise you would be the loser. So it is missing self-confidence and no trust in their own qualities.
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Who’s the boss – start taking control =-.

  6. Hi Sean

    Wow, that list is very confronting indeed. It requires the highest level of character, certainty and purpose. It’s no wonder it takes a very special person to be a true leader.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

  7. Gosh to be a leader is a tall list. But then really its a quality that we should all be displaying every day in small ways. As a parent, as a sister, as a daughter, as a son, as brother, as grandchild, even when we are part of a team (not the leader as yet) we should look for ways to be proud of our own behaviour.
    If from 10 years from now we could look back and be proud of all that we have achieved, and the way we carried ourselves in different situations – then you are holding true to yourself, and following the path of qualities that are looked up to. Remember to smile, no matter the situation is, because smiling always brightens the day – its also a great way to connect with others. A smile is so very powerful, along with dedication, courage, self control, willing to help others, truthful, well laid plains, a willing ear and so many of the other great points you had. They are necessary Attributes of a FANTASTIC leader 🙂
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Searching For Gratitude Rocks =-.

  8. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    That’s an amazing list of qualities that a leader must have. I think I have a lot to learn before I can call myself a good leader. But, I agree with Harry.

    I think you are an excellent example of what a leader should be, so I’ll be watching you closely for some tips.:)

  9. Hi Sean,
    a great list of leadership qualities. I don’t think that they get trained with todays computer games 🙁 Would be interesting to develop a game so kids could learn this qualities easily and develop these habits at an early age.
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