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Attributes of a leader:

1. Courage and confidence.

2. Self control.

3. A keen sense of justice.

4. Definiteness of decision. If you waver in your resolve you send the message that you’re not sure of yourself.

5. Definiteness of plans. 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.

6. The habit of doing more than paid for. Leaders work harder than followers.

7. A pleasing personality.

8. Sympathy and understanding.

9. Mastery of detail. (This can be learned)

10. Willingness to assume full responsibility. The leader must assume responsibility for the mistakes and shortcomings of his followers. If he tries to shift this responsibility, he will not remain the leader.

The Think and Grow Rich Workbook by O’Bryan and Vitale. Page 34

If one of his followers makes a mistake, and shows himself

incompetent, the leader must consider that it is HE who failed.

Choose your followers wisely.

11. Cooperation - leadership calls for power, and power calls for


There are two kinds of leadership- leadership by consent and leadership by force. Only one of these works.

“Through some strange and powerful principle of ''mental chemistry'' which she has never divulged, nature wraps up in

the impulse of strong desire, ''that something'' which recognizes no such word as ''impossible,'' and accepts no such

reality as failure.”

- Napoleon Hill

The Think and Grow Rich Workbook by O’Bryan and Vitale. Page 35


1. What do you think is the most important attribute of a leader?

2. What kind of leader would you perform best for- one who motived you through threats or one who motivated you through cooperation and valuing your input?

3. Why should a successful leader take responsibility for the mistakes of his employees?

“When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”

- Napoleon Hill


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