11 Qualities of Great Leaders

In the modern world of business, leadership often counts for as much, if not more, than job-specific skills. It is not enough anymore to be the best at your profession; now you must also be an effective leader if you want to be successful. That’s why leadership is such a big component of executive coaching.

Today I want to share with you 11 attributes of great leaders as described by Napoleon Hill in Think & Grow Rich.

1. UNWAVERING COURAGE

Based upon knowledge of self and of one’s occupation. No follower wishes to be influenced by a leader who lacks self-confidence and courage. No intelligent follower will be following such a leader very long.

2. SELF-CONTROL

A person who cannot control himself or herself, 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 her followers.

4. DEFINITENESS OF DECISION

A person 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 her work, and work her plan. A leader who moves by guesswork, without practical, definite plans, is comparable to a ship without a rudder. Sooner or later she 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 her followers.

Moreover, she 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 her followers to do the same. Leadership calls for POWER, and power calls for COOPERATION.

Comments

  1. Excellent article. Think and Grow Rich is such a powerful book with lots of valuable advice.

    If more executives and leaders took the time to develop and practice these great leadership qualities, the world would be a better place!

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