Saturday, June 18, 2011

All about Leadership

Below are some wise sentences by Napolean Hill which in my view are true from time immemorial.

1. What is initiative? It is doing the right thing without being told.

2. What is leadership? It is self-confidence, knowing what is happening and able to impart that knowledge.

3. "To lead, you must know!" You may bluff all of your men some of the time, but you cannot do it all the time. Men will not have confidence in an officer unless he knows his business, and he must know it from the ground up. There is no substitute for accurate knowledge.

4. If the officer does not know, his men will be questioning his orders as his men know exactly what is happening on the ground.

5. Not only must the officer know but he must be able to put what he knows into grammatical, interesting, forceful English. He must learn to stand on his feet and speak without embarrassement.

6. To be a leader, he must also possess moral ascendency - being a better man than any others.

7. Any reasonable order in an emergency is better than no order. The situation is there. Meet it. It is better to do something then to hesitate, hunt around for the right thing to do and wind up by doing nothing at all. And, having decided a line of action, stick to it. Don't vacillate. Men have no confidence in an officer that does not know his own mind.

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