The 11 Attributes of Leadership by Napoleon Hill

1. UNWAVERING COURAGE based upon knowledge of self,

and of one’s 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 very long.

2. SELF-CONTROL. The man who cannot control himself,

can never control others. Self-control sets a mighty example for

one’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 man who wavers in

his decisions, shows that he is not sure of himself. He cannot

lead others successfully.

5. DEFINITENESS OF PLANS. The successful leader must

plan his work, and work his plan. A leader who moves by

guesswork, without practical, definite plans, is comparable to 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 the necessity of willingness, upon

the part of the leader, to do more than he requires of his

followers.

7. A PLEASING PERSONALITY. No slovenly, careless

person can 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 in sympathy with his followers. Moreover, he

must understand them and their problems.

9. MASTERY OF DETAIL. 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 his

followers. If he tries to shift this responsibility, he will not

remain the leader. If one of his followers makes a mistake, and

shows himself incompetent, the leader must consider that it is

he 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.



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