I believe that everyone can become a great leader, since everyone can learn new skills and become better version of themselves.
However, not everyone knows how to become a great leader, mainly because they simply don’t know, which skills they must acquire.
I want to share with you a video of one of my favorite speakers, Jim Rohn, who talk about attitudes that attract success.
Jim also refers to a book of Napoleon Hill’s, “Think and Grow Rich”, in which Napoleon has described 11 major attributes a great leader must have. After he studied lives of over 25,000 people who were deemed a “success”, Hill discovered that all people who have sustained outstanding success act and think in certain ways.
Main points from above video:
1) Unwavering Courage
Unwavering courage means full belief in yourself. No intelligent follower will follow a leader who lacks self-confidence and courage.
If you cannot control yourself then you can never control others. Self-control is a must in leadership.
3) A Keen Sense Of Justice
Essential for leadership in any calling. Otherwise you will lose the respect of your followers.
4) Definiteness of Decision
If you do not make strong decisions then you are unsure – people do not follow one who is unsure.
5) Definiteness of Plans
You must plan your work and work your plan. Otherwise you are moving by guesswork and will eventually fail.
6) Habit of Doing More Than Paid For
All leaders who succeed in an outstanding way are always willing to do more than they require from their followers.
7) A Pleasing Personality
This is required and essential to get the respect of followers (whether these be customers, workers or shareholders).
8) Sympathy and Understanding
A successful leader must be in sympathy with his or her followers and understand their problems.
9) Mastery of Detail
All great leaders know every single detail of their position to the most minute detail. They master whatever is expected of them.
10) Willingness to Assume Full Responsibility
A successful leader must be willing to be responsible for the mistakes and shortcomings of their followers. If a follower has failed he must consider that he or she has failed and do whatever it takes to put it right.
As well as co-operating with others a successful leader must also induce his/her followers to co-operate. Leadership calls for power and power is only available through the help of others which requires co-operation.
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