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.
4. 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.
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