CAUSES OF FAILURE IN LEADERSHIP.
Any one of these faults is sufficient to induce failure. Study the list carefully if you aspire to be a leader, and make sure you are free of these faults.
1. Inability to organize details. The successful leader must be the master of all details connected with his position. That means, of course, that he must acquire the habit of relegating details to capable lieutenants.
2. Unwillingness to render humble service. “The greatest among ye shall be the servant of all” is a truth which all able leaders observe and respect.
3. Expectation of pay for what they “know” instead of what they do with what they know. The world does not pay people for what they know. It pays them for what they do.
4. Fear of competition from followers. Leaders who fear that one of their followers may take their position is practically sure to realize that fear sooner or later.
5. Lack of imagination. Without imagination, the leader is incapable of meeting emergencies.
6. Selfishness. The really great leader claims none of the honors.
7. Intemperance. Intemperance in any of its forms destroys endurance and the vitality of all who indulge in it.
8. Disloyalty. Disloyalty marks one as being less than the dust of the earth.
9. Emphasis on the “authority” of leadership. 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 people who make too much over their title generally have little else to emphasize.
If you can identify leadership failures you will start to see trends on where they are happening. Every time you turn on the news you see an example of someone failing as a leader. Napoleon Hill identified a number of areas back in 1937 that needed what he referred to as LEADERSHIP BY CONSENT.
~ Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich (1937)