11 Factors of Leadership

Leadership is critical, especially in these tough times. Napoleon Hill, in his legendary Think and Grow Rich, published during the Depression, believes there are these 11 major factors of leadership which are relevant and important now.

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 since 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 waivers 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 guess work without a practical, definite plan 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 do not respect the leader who does not grade on high on all the factors of a pleasing personality.

8. Sympathy and understanding.
A 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 in the leader’s position.

10. Willingness to assume full responsibility.
The successful leader must be willing to assume responsibility for mistakes, and the shortcomings of his followers. If he tries to shift his 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.