“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

11 Attributes to a Great Leader

The Major Attributes of Leadership from “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

Parker Klein ✌️
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3 min readJun 6, 2024


1. Unwavering Courage

Unwavering courage based upon knowledge of self, and of one’s occupation.

No follower wishes to be dominated by a leader who lacks self-confidence and courage.

No intelligent follower will be dominated by such a leader very long.

2. Self-Control

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.

3. A Keen Sense of Justice

Without a sense of fairness and justice, no leader can command and retain the respect of his followers.

4. Definiteness of Decision

The man who wavers in his decisions, shows that he is not sure of himself.

He cannot lead others successfully.

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.

Sooner or later he will land on the rocks.

6. The Habit of Doing More Than Paid For

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.

7. A Pleasing Personality

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.

8. Sympathy and Understanding

The successful leader must be in sympathy with his followers.

Moreover, he must understand them and their problems.

9. Mastery of Detail

Successful leadership calls for mastery of details of the leader’s position.

10. Willingness to Assume Full Responsibility

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.

11. Cooperation

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.

There are two forms of Leadership.

The first, and by far the most effective, is leadership by concept of, and with the sympathy of the followers.

The second is leadership by force, without the consent and sympathy of the followers.

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