Sunday, June 15, 2014

‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill

Book cover: "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill, the 21st Century Updated Edition. Gold letters on purple background. The main title, "Think and Grow Rich," is rendered in large opaque letters through which gold coins are visible.
Think and Grow Rich, the classic book about personal achievement, is available through Jackson County libraries.

This reader found immediate benefit in its descriptions of good and bad leadership.

A good leader, according to author Napoleon Hill, possesses unwavering courage based upon knowledge of his- or herself and of his or her occupation, self-control, a keen sense of justice, definiteness of decision, definiteness of plans, the habit of doing more than paid for, a pleasing personality, sympathy and understanding, mastery of detail, willingness to accept full responsibility and cooperation.

The major faults of leaders who fail are an inability to organize details, unwillingness to render humble service, expectation of pay for what they “know” instead of what they do or induce others to do, fear of competition from followers, lack of imagination, selfishness, intemperance, disloyalty, emphasis on the “authority” of leadership and emphasis on title.

What sort of leader do you wish to become and who is the best mentor to set you on your way? Is there someone you can look to and learn from by example who embodies the traits of good leadership?

Cross-posted to the Facebook page of Jackson County Library Services

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