The Major Attributes of Leadership

According to Napoleon Hill, the author of the classic Think and Grow Rich, the following are the major attributes of leadership:

  1. Unwavering courage based upon knowledge of self and of one’s occupation
  2. Self control
  3. A keen sense of justice
  4. Definiteness of decision
  5. Definiteness of plans
  6. The habit of doing more than paid for
  7. A pleasing personality
  8. Sympathy and understanding
  9. Mastery of detail
  10. Willingness to assume full responsibility
  11. Cooperation

The context for this list is Mr. Hill’s discussion of the axiom that leadership is a privilege given by those who follow.  If any of the above attributes are lacking, it will be difficult for a person to respect or follow their leader.

Choose to be a great leader by making the effort to integrate these attributes into your leadership.

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