Just 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.
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.
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.
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