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May 7, 2010

A Pleasing Personality – Leadership Qualities That Are Critical to Be Successful in Business

Leadership qualities that Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” book discusses to get phenomenal results in life and business. I have discussed unwavering courage, self control, definiteness of decision, definiteness of plans and the habit of doing more than paid for in previous articles. We will discuss a pleasing personality where Napoleon Hill believes that “no slovenly, careless person can become a successful leader”. Napoleon Hill wrote about approximately twenty different factors to describe a pleasing personality. He believed that the main key to this leadership style is do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

The factors of a pleasing personality are listed below:

1. Positive mental attitude
2. Tolerance
3. Alertness
4. Common courtesy
5. A fondness of people
6. Flexibility
7. Tactfulness
8. Personal magnetism
9. A pleasant tone of voice
10. Control of facial expressions
11. Sportsmanship
12. Sincerity
13. Sense of humor
14. Humility of the heart
15. Smiling
16. Enthusiasm
17. Control of temper and emotions
18. Patience
19. Proper dress

You don’t have to make all these factors a part of you leadership style, but any combination of them will make a better leader. There is no perfect leader so you can never be disappointed but a leader continuously tries to improve them self is by far the leader that I will follow. When you are trying to be successful a willingness to learn and adapt to new ideas are very crucial. Your success is based on how much you work on your inner self as opposed to the knowledge that you have.

When you first hear about this concept you automatically think of a leader without a backbone. A leader with this trait actually has an unwavering courage that allows him or her to lead their followers. When you look at the above factors you realized that that is not the case. When your team consist of many different people with different personalities being able to be flexible is required. A successful leader is one who is able to take these personalities and draw the best out of them. A positive mental attitude draws on the fact controlling your mindset is very important in all aspect of running your business. When you have the right mindset you are able to make the correct decisions where appropriate. Common courtesy goes a long way in making a person feel that they are respected by the leader. You tend to get better from people when respect is shown and a genuine sincerity is detected in your interaction with your followers.

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May 4, 2010

Leadership Philosophy That is Critical To Be Successful – The Habit of Doing More Than Paid For

The gems of knowledge that you get from Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” are endless. The previous articles we discussed Napoleon Hill’s leadership’s philosophies of unwavering courage, self control, definiteness of decision and definiteness of plans.  We will discuss of a leader who has a habit doing more than he or she is paid for. This leadership philosophy in correlation with his other ideas gives you different ways to achieving success in life and business. The question of who makes a great leader is an idea that is dependent on the person. Leadership means different things to different people. A person who you respect is a leader in your eyes might be a nuisance to others.

People are more prone to keep following a leader that goes above and beyond the call of duty. The ideal world is prone to perfect execution and flawless execution of all plans. We don’t live in the ideal world so a leader who can roll with punches and succeed no matter the obstacles is truly appreciated.  Successful leaders do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals. When you have goals that are not on track someone has to do extra work. Leaders sometimes take it upon themselves to put the extra time necessary to get back on track.

Michael Jordan was always the first one at practice and the last one to leave. Michael wanted to make sure that he was prepared to win every game. Michael work ethics made many of his team mates improve their game. He did so much more than was required of him that he inspired many others to do the same. Michael Jordan’s commitment to excellence led to many NBA Championships and the respect of millions of people. Some followers believe that it is their job to pick up the slack and don’t like to see the leader do the extra lifting.

A leader has to able to get down in the trenches and do the “dirty” work sometimes. When your subordinates know that you have no problem rolling up your sleeves and getting to work they have no issues doing more than is expected of them. We are not talking about the people who do it to further their own agenda. The followers who truly believe in the ideals of the leader and are committed to helping him or her accomplish these goals are the one deserving of the praise. If the habit of doing more than is expected of you becomes viral, then your business may explode beyond belief. If you start applying this leadership philosophy and the others in the previous article that Napoleon Hill writes about you will see a change in your business in a relatively short time.

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P.S Read my previous blog post on self control and how it relates to your success.  If you have not read Napoleon Hill’s Think and grow Rich then you need to purchase it right away.

 

May 1, 2010

Leadership Attributes That Are Critical in Leadership Development to Be Successful – Self Control

Napoleon Hill believed that people who cannot control themselves can never control others. A leader is placed under a microscope by your followers, his or her actions or inaction may be magnified to the extreme. Self-control along with unwavering courage could dictate whether someone believe in you as a leader or perceive you as a “fake”. The governing of one’s self and actions are indications of whether or not you have the ability to lead.  A follower will emulate a leader who stands by his conviction instead of the one who loses control of himself on a regular basis. For example, if you are an advocate against smoking cigarettes, but yet every chance you light up a cigarette.  This conflicting message will force many people to look at you in differently.

Most people are looking to succeed with as little amount of effort as possible to generate phenomenon results. We live in a world with many roadblocks and distraction opposing our ultimate goals and objectives. We live in a society of instant coffee, instant tea and instant gratification. When you live in the now with no concrete plans for the future, then you will have to suffer the consequences. The something for nothing mentality must be erased from your being and be replaced some of the attributes that Napoleon Hill wrote about.

The people who restrain themselves and put the necessary sweat equity into their endeavor are far more successful, than those who feel society owes them something. For example, Joachim de Posada, speaker and motivational coach, talks about an experiment where they took 4-5 year old kids, and left them in a room for 30 minutes. The kids were instructed that if you don’t eat the marshmallow that was in front of you, you would get another one when we return. Many of the kids did everything, but stand on their head to avoid eating the marshmallow.

The scientists then re-visited the kids 13-15 years later and found that the kids that ate the marshmallow before time was not as successful as the one who did not eat it. This experiment was about self control where you had a choice between instant gratifications or delayed gratification with a bonus. A true leader with self control may make the decisions that could impact the lives of many people and be trusted until the results come to fruition. The successful leader makes decision quickly, but changes slowly. Leaders must have unwavering courage and self control to build a network of followers who will trust them implicitly.

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September 17, 2009

Will You be The Rock That Redirects The Course of The River

“Will you be the rock that redirects the course of the river?” is a quote that I came across made by Claire Nuer.  The reason I think this resounded with me is because I was also listening to the Discovery Series this week and one of the Luminaries was discussing the power of water.  We might take a big bat and hit water with such force but to no avail and a sore arm is probably the only outcome that would result.  The water is just disturbed temporarily and goes back to flowing in its direction of choice without acknowledging you.  The power of the water is tremendous individually.  The real strength of water is that we may able to harness the power but never control it.  If we were able to harness the power that we have within us we would be more phenomenal.

The secret to our success lies deep down inside of us dormant.  The wonderful thing about something being dormant is that it has the potential to come alive.  One of best way to access it is through self empowerment and personal development.  The limiting beliefs that we have will not go away without learning new skills and knowledge.  The belief system that we live our daily live by are from years of negative conditioning.   We must systematically reach inside ourselves and reverse this state of being.  It is never too late to make that transformation.   The most influential people in the World always credit personal development as a reason for his or her success. We can choose to be the rock that redirects the direction of our lives or continue to watch the water return to its original as if our brief interference of its path which is our life did not phase it.

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July 1, 2009

11 Crucial Attributes of Leadership That Are Necessary to Succeed in Business

Leadership is defining as a person or thing that provides direction and guidance to others that follows. The dictionary is static so that definition is boring. People are more dynamic therefore the definition of leadership means different things to different people. I will be writing about leadership as defined by Napoleon Hill in “Think and Grow Rich” over the next 10 Articles.

The  are 11 leadership attributes are listed below:

1. Unwavering Courage
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

When we were growing up people always commented that it was okay to be confident, but not cocky. The person who is strutting around like a peacock was not respected. The person who had a sense of reliance or certainty without throwing up on you with it garnered respect. The unwavering courage of a leader is more self evident in the time of crisis. Henry Ford had a reputation of being obstinate, yet without this characteristic the Model T would never have been developed. Henry Ford believes in making decisions quickly, but was slow to change them. He commanded his team to continue to develop his V-8 engine, even though year after year they failed.

He had an unwavering courage in the midst of countless failures, so finally his vision was accomplished. If you were in charge of making those decisions how would you react? The most successful people make decisions quickly, but are slow to change them. The unsuccessful people make decision slowly and change them quickly. If he had stopped the gold might have been within three feet and he would never have known it. Henry Ford was a well respected individual in his time and still respected to this day. I will be discussing the other 10 attributes in upcoming posts on this blog.

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