LEADERSHIP by Napoleon Hill

The following are important factors of leadership:

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.

Think and Grow Rich, March 1937
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7 Comments on “LEADERSHIP by Napoleon Hill”

  1. yazirum says:

    I enjoyed reading this post. thanks a lot.


  2. Read this book a year ago and have these list of traits pinned to my vision board. I aspire to live this way. Defining words….


  3. A leader must include ALL his team and listen to the introverts even if they are drowned out by the extroverts.
    introverts are great thinkers and not listening to their voice is a waste of a valuable resource.


  4. fc3arch says:

    You’re a micro-manager if you:

    Over-estimate your skills and under-estimate the skills of the team.
    Feel misunderstood and unappreciated.
    Hear too many questions.
    See yourself as a doer rather than an enabler.
    Give incremental permission.
    Pride yourself in being on top of everything.
    Check work email on weekends, evenings, and during vacation.
    Criticize too much and affirm too little.
    Need too much information yet give too little.
    View staff development as wasted time.
    Punish mistakes rather than learning from them.
    Hoard power and authority.
    View others as adversaries to be controlled.
    Take credit.
    Prevent initiative.
    Work longer hours than anyone else.
    Frustrate your team.
    Emphasize authority.
    Minimize relationship.


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