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
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
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
Hill, Think & Grow Rich (1937)