Mindset Mastery 145 – Types Of Leadership

Mindset Mastery eBookJust as there are differences between leaders and followers, there are different types of leaders as well. Where do you think you fall on the spectrum of leadership? This is a point that Napoleon Hill covered well in his book: Think And Grow Rich.

Two Forms Of Leadership

Leadership comes in two forms. The first, and by far the most effective, is leadership by consent; consent of, and with the sympathy of, the followers. The second is leadership by force without the consent and sympathy of the followers.

History is filled with evidence that Leadership by Force cannot endure. The downfall and disappearance of Dictators is significant. It means that people will not follow forced leadership indefinitely.

In the last century, the world entered a new era of relationship between leaders and followers; an era which has very clearly been calling for new leaders, and a new brand of leadership in business and industry. Gradually, the old school style of leadership-by-force in government is being replaced; great strides have been made in countries like Russia and Germany in the late part of the twentieth century and efforts continue to progress in other parts of the world. The business world has followed suit as well, adopting a more humanitarian, compassionate, and cooperative form of leadership. Leaders who have not grown with the changes have been, and will continue to be relegated to the rank and file of the followers. There is no other place for them.

Mutual Benefit

The relationship of employer and employee, or of leader and follower is evolving more into one of mutual cooperation, based upon an equitable division of the profits of business. The new the relationship of employer and employee is more like a partnership than it has been in the past.

Napoleon, Kaiser Wilhelm and Hitler of Germany, the Communist leaders of Russia, and Saddam Hussein in Iraq were examples of leadership by force. Their leadership passed. Without much difficulty, one might point to the prototypes of these ex-leaders, among the business, financial, and labor leaders of the world who have been dethroned. Leadership-by-consent of the followers is the only brand which can endure!

People may follow forced leadership temporarily, but they will not do so willingly.

New Leadership

The new leadership of today embraces the eleven factors of leadership described in this chapter, as well as some other factors. The person who makes these the basis of his leadership will find abundant opportunity to lead in any walk of life. Leadership by force, in many instances, only survives as long as it does because there is a lack of skilled new leaders; the demand for competent new world leaders is often greatly exceeded by the supply. Sometimes the old type of leaders are able to reform and adapt themselves to the new brand of leadership, but generally speaking, evolving areas of the world are forced to look for new timber for its leadership, or, at the very least, emerging areas (such as developing Third World nations and restructuring countries) are in need of leaders who can teach their leadership how to lead effectively, fairly, and compassionately. This necessity may be your opportunity!

Your Time To Lead

Now is your time to lead. As we talked about last time, for sure someone is watching you, and your good example will make strong differences in many lives. Now is your time to lead, by example and consent, for the betterment of both you and those who would follow you to wealth.

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,
    I am in complete agreement with the philosophy outlined in the post above. “Forced Leadership” definitely only has a limited life cycle, as it will eventually self destruct without the support and consent of the followers.
    Cooperative Leadership survives because it has an eternal motivating effect on the followers, by appealing to their self esteem, and you are right – someone is always watching you. There is no need to “tell” anyone how good you are, they will eventually find out anyway.

  2. Hi Sean, The statement above “for sure someone is watching you” brought on a smile as I adopted this as a fact a while ago. Not for my leadership qualities though but for my money whenever I go shopping. Always someone has lined me up to ask for money…I can’t see them but they are there. Perhaps it will be easy now to adopt the same realization in other areas such as leadership. I like helping people and find it rewarding to pass on good fortune to those who would want it. Perhaps the beggars have picked up on this trait. Lol

  3. I think that the managers of today are lacking in leadership training – if they had a little bit more of this then people in general wouldn’t suffer from job dis-satisfaction as much as they do. Leadership and Management unfortunately don’t go hand in hand.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Sign Language for Babies =-.

    • The question is if you can train somebody in leadership who isn’t really interested in learning it because they are convinced they know everything already. I have come across too many managers that thought really highly of themselves but showed obvious lack of leadership qualities. They were offended when someone offered them that kind of training, even so they really would have benefited from it …
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

  4. Leadership comes in two forms. Really? I disagree. While there may be many types of leadership styles, leadership is something given to a leader by the led rather than assumed.

    On the other hand, what you describe as “…leadership by force without the consent and sympathy of the followers” is not leadership at all. It is dictatorship and that can only exist when the so called followers are either too cowered or are persuing their own vested interests.

    Again I think this post confuses a leader with someone who is in charge. The two are different.

  5. Hi Sean

    You said that “for sure someone is watching you”, and that’s right. You might not know it, but there’s always someone watching.

    A lot has been written about leadership. There are text books, theories, essays. But in my simple terms, I describe leadership as being the person you can be.

    Because you never know which child, relative, colleague or community member who may be looking to you as as a role model for leadership.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

    • Very true. It is such a reflection on ourselves as to what habits our children pick up, for instance. A lot of children who have witnessed their parents divorce will not completely trust a romantic relationship, for example. We need to always be a true reflection of ourselves as we’re not always the one staring back.

      The best reflection is a smiling one.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

  6. Leading by having followers join you because they wanted to sounds good to me…..have followers because you make them are not true followers. They are only doing so out of fear. Fear is not strong enough, nor powerful enough to keep the followers behind you, eventually they will find a way to hide. I will always follow a leader because I like them, not because I am made to. Much the same as parenting. Our five Woody Boys will only follow through on their job when they want to, not when they are forced to. It only makes sense to be the best Leader by being fair/truthful/dedicated and kind. That way your followers will grow instead of slowly die away. Great tips 🙂
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Searching For Gratitude Rocks =-.

  7. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    Leadership by consent is obviously the most effective way to lead. I always think a good leader is someone who leads from the front and leads by example. A good leader never asks a follower to do something that they themselves cannot or will not do. When things go right, everyone shares the glory but when things go wrong, the leader takes the blame. A leader praises in public and criticizes in private. 🙂

    • Great comment Jazz.

      Only one part I would disagree – a great leader isn’t necessarily able to do everything his team can do. He sure as hell should be willing to do it, but you have your team to have the best person for each task, and that is not necessarily the leader.
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

      • Hi Renee,

        This is an excellent point. I’ve always felt like I had to be able to do everything before I could ask someone else to do something for me.

        In reality though, I just need to know what outcomes I need, then I should be able to trust my team members to do their jobs. Thank-you; you’ve just freed up a lot of my time trying to learn to do things I don’t really need.
        .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  8. Hi Sean

    When we take on all those qualities that Mr Hill has endorsed as leadership qualities, then we will know what to look for in a leader.

    We can’t expect our leaders to be perfect when we know that as human beings, we have many blemishes ourselves.

    • Hi Elly,

      You’re right; we all have faults so we can’t and shouldn’t expect perfection in anyone else. The only thing I ask for is the ability to be honest enough to admit when you’ve made a mistake and apologize for it. 🙂
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

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