This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: hen there are any, go to his
followers, because he knows that most men will work harder for commendation
and recognition than they will for money alone.
96 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH 7. INTEMPERANCE. Followers do not respect an intemperate leader. Moreover,
intemperance in any of its various forms, destroys the endurance and the vitality
of all who indulge in it.
8. DISLOYALTY. Perhaps this should have come at the head of the list. The leader who is not loyal to his trust, and to his associates, those above him, and those
below him, cannot long maintain his leadership. Disloyalty marks one as being
less than the dust of the earth, and brings down on one’s head the contempt he
deserves. Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of
9. EMPHASIS OF THE “AUTHORITY” OF LEADERSHIP. The efﬁcient leader
leads by encouraging, and not by trying to instill fear in the hearts of his followers. The leader who tries to impress his followers with his “authority” comes
within the category of leadership through FORCE. If a leader is a REAL LEADER,
he will have no need to advertise that fact except by his conduct-his sympathy,
understanding, fairness, and a demonstration that he knows his job.
10. EMPHASIS OF TITLE. The competent leader requires no “title” to give him
the respect of his followers. The man who makes too much over his title generally
has little else to emphasize. The doors to the ofﬁce of the real leader are open to
all who wish to enter, and his working quarters are free from formality or ostentation.
These are among the more common of the causes of failure in leadership. Any one
of these faults is sufﬁcient to induce failure. Study the list carefully if you aspire to
leadership, and make sure that you are free of these faults. SOME FERTILE FIELDS IN WHICH “NEW LEADERSHIP” WILL BE
Before leaving this chapter, your attention is called to a few of the fertile ﬁelds in
which there has been a decline of leadership, and in which the new type of leader
may ﬁnd an abundance of OPPORTUNITY.
First. In the ﬁeld of politics there is a most insistent demand for new leaders; a demand which indicates nothing less than an emergency. The majority of
politicians have, seemingly, become high-grade, legalized racketeers. They have
increased taxes and debauched the machinery of industry and business until the
people can no longer stand the burden. 97 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Second. The banking business is undergoing a reform. The leaders in this ﬁeld
have almost entirely lost the conﬁdence of the public. Already the bankers have
sensed the need of reform, and they have begun it.
Third. Industry calls for new leaders. The old type of leaders thought and moved
in terms of dividends instead of thinking and moving in terms of human equations! The future leader in industry, to endure, must regard himself as a quasipublic ofﬁcial whose duty it is to manage his trust in such a way that it will wor...
View Full Document
This note was uploaded on 11/13/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 225 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '12 term at American.
- Spring '12