by Napoleon Hill, Wyatt North
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The man who cannot control himself, can never control others. Self-control sets a mighty example for one’s followers, which the more intelligent will emulate.
Without a sense of fairness and justice, no leader can command and retain the respect of his followers.
The man who wavers in his decisions, shows that he is not sure of himself. He cannot lead others successfully.
The successful leader must plan his work, and work his plan. A leader who moves by guesswork, without practical, definite plans, is comparable to a ship without a rudder. Sooner or later he will land on the rocks.
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.
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.
The successful leader must be in sympathy with his followers. Moreover, he must understand them and their problems.
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.
The successful leader must understand, and apply the principle of cooperative effort and be able to induce his followers to do the same. Leadership calls for POWER, and power calls for COOPERATION.
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