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Major Attributes of Leadership

Leadership is a characteristic, not a title. There are a lot of leaders as per their title that does not possess leadership and there are a lot of people as well that possess leadership who’s not labeled as a leader by the society, community, or organization.

Part of the things I learned from reading the book of Napoleon Hill is he listed down the major attributes of leadership. Check yourself if you have these attributes and assess if you deserve your title to be a leader or does people around you consider you as a leader despite your commoner status, probably because you have these attributes.

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Jon Snow (right) and Ghost (Left) of Game of Thrones, art by Wons Noj from Wikimedia
  • Unwavering courage based upon knowledge of self, and of one’s occupationLeaders are the people who always the first to put their foot in the water. They don’t know what’s in there, they don’t know how deep, how cold or hot, they don’t know what will happen but they still do it. They have the courage to do things that they never experience except that they’re aware of themselves that the challenge they are facing is something that they can pass through as per their assessment in their arsenal. They know the difference between courageous and suicidal.
  • Self-control. The man who cannot control himself can never control others. Humans are emotional and emotion is a dangerous substance and should be handled with care. It can poison others as well as ruin plans and even progress. A true leader knows how to control his own emotions as well as the people around him. Emotion is like muriatic acid, you keep it away when it’s not necessary.
  • A keen sense of justiceleadership will be challenged by misunderstandings and chaos within the organization or community but a leader who is fair and just is a leader who is strong and true to his members which in return will keep the respect of his followers; there is no leader if there’s no follower.
  • Definiteness of decision. The man who wavers in his decisions shows that he is not sure of himself. A leader is expected to drive the group to a direction and if the leader keeps on changing courses the followers will lose their confidence. You cannot lead if even to yourself you have doubts. 
  • Definiteness of plans. The successful leader must plan his work, and work his plan. A good leader must have a plan to where the group should be heading. This is what makes a person with a leadership attribute stand-out from the crowd because he has definite plans for the group and he’s able to convince the group to follow his plans.
  • The habit of doing more than paid forleadership is a passion, it’s a calling, and it could be a life mission. Leaders lead the group towards their goal 24/7 and 365 days a year until the goal has achieved. Leading people is a difficult task and no amount of money can compensate it but a truly good leader still do it even if he is not paid to do it.
  • A pleasing personality. No slovenly, careless person can become a successful leader. Let’s face it we humans are judgmental and after all, as they say, “first impression’s last”. If you want to be respected, you should act and look that you want to be respected. This is not just for leaders or aspiring leaders but for everyone, your image is a reflection of how you want others to treat you.
  • Sympathy and understandingyou are a human and so are the leaders, if you will become a leader someday you must still possess that human version of you and not a cold, hard robot or a walking bible of your goal. You need to be flexible too because you need to be understanding and sympathetic; not all can handle the path that you are following, sometimes you need to teach them first and not expect to get it right immediately.
  • Mastery of detail. You got the plan, you know how to execute it then you should know every detail of it. Sometimes, you’ve been in this path and you went back because you want to lead others. That is how your followers look at you, whether you are new to the path or have been on it, they expect that you’ve mastered it; that you will bring them there to whatever goals you both are common.
  • Leadership calls for power, and power calls for cooperation. Not because you are the leader, the members will bow down to you immediately, you need to earn that respect first. There are 2 forms of leadership: Leadership by Consent, and Leadership by Force. Leadership by Consent is by far the most effective. You need to show to your followers the practices, goals, attributes needed to achieve the mutual goal, and most importantly understand and apply the principle of cooperative effort.

Sooner or later we will all become leaders in our field of choice or to sometimes we don’t have a choice 🙂

As our age is incrementing, the people, especially the young ones are expecting a lot from us. So as young as now we need to start acquiring and practicing these attributes to ourselves so we are ready when the time comes.

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Think and Grow Rich Summary

It took me 2 months to finished reading this book called Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This book is not a thick book, in fact maybe to some they can read this whole in one sitting, anyway please excuse my novice level. Napoleon Hill is an American self-help author and this book is one of his 10 best selling books of all time. The book was written in 1937 and by 2015 the book sold for 100 million copies worldwide and it remains the biggest seller of Napoleon Hill’s books and listed in John C. Maxwell‘s A Lifetime “Must Read” Books List.

Think and Grow Rich is not a book that tells you about how to become financially wealthy though that’s Napoleon’s let’s just say “vehicle” to help deliver the context of the book in a familiar manner. The “rich” in the title is about creating a consistent abundance of whatever your dream to have about.

In the introduction of the book, it entices the reader of discovering the secret to success and being rich. It covers areas where you can hone or maybe for you to discover in case you’re not familiar with it yet. It tackles desire, faith, auto-suggestion, specialized knowledge, imagination, organized planning, decisions, persistence, mastermind, the power of sex, the subconscious mind, brain, 6th sense, and fear. Most of the areas Napoleon provides stories of famous people to prove how they use the “secret” in achieving their goals or dreams.

Inspiring Quotes

You will learn a lot from this book and I don’t want to spoil you. There are a lot of golden quotes that I like in this book too that inspires me, here are some of them:

Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession

 

All who succeed in life get off to a bad start

 

No man is ever whipped, until he quits— in his own mind.

 

The man who cannot follow a leader intelligently, cannot become an efficient leader.

 

Genuine wisdom is usually conspicuous through modesty and silence.

 

Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it. Deeds, and not words, are what count most.

 

What’s my own recipe to success?

After reading this book I think I now know my own recipe to success or the “secret of success” as per Napoleon Hill. A burning desire mixed with discipline and a dash of acquiring knowledge as fast as possible is the recipe that I think works for me. When you have a burning desire you create to yourself a definite goal, a fixed target that you are so passionate to achieve. When you are passionate you can do anything and everything, even beating the odds.

We all know that the journey to whatever your goal is never easy and discipline helps you stay focus and calm. A dash of accelerated acquisition of knowledge, maybe you are wondering why just a sprinkle of it when you can have a large amount, aye? For me, knowledge is a double-edged sword, it is also a source of power;  that’s why it’s the forbidden fruit. When you have so much knowledge life would be boring, no more challenge, and no more fun; I don’t want that to happen. I still want to have that enthusiasm to discover and learn through mistakes, so just a little of acquiring knowledge in a fast-track way is enough, you know just for a quick boost in the journey.

Conclusion

This book was also a recommendation by a well-known Filipino vlogger. I was inspired by his story and achievement so I took his recommendation and he’s right! This book is really a great book and I highly recommend this too, take that from someone who is not fond of reading books.  😉

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Rich Dad Poor Dad Summary

“Adulting” is really creeping and start seeping into my veins. I am kind of excited for the next stage of my life. Anyway, I said this because I am like preparing myself to be a better 30-ish guy. You know being mature, more responsible, attractive in a subtle and gentleman way, things like that. So I decided to start reading books, well I am just practicing to read books because I am not really a book reader so I have to train myself to be one. I borrowed a book from a friend and officemate. Since we are in the financial-technology industry so I guess it would be better and right if I read about financial stuff and not just about IT and technology. For a starter, I borrow the famous book of Robert Kiyosaki called Rich Dad Poor Dad. It took me like a more than a month to read the 250-ish pages book (I know, I am noob.. don’t judge me). I read every day but just a few pages because I know to my self that my attention span is very little. Well, enough of the introduction of my in the making of “my reading habits” and let’s get down to what this blog post all about. True that reading is one of the best things you can do for yourself, I learned a lot from this book. It opened me to a new mindset, I think that’s a mindset of a rich and wise person and now I feel so overwhelmed of this discovery that it deserves to be shared. So below is my list of learning I learned from reading this book.

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  1. Take risk while you are young: Nothing grows in the comfort zone. Always challenge yourself and take a risk. Robert said that it’s better and wise to experience mistakes while still young, it may be painful but it’s less risky since you still have a chance to do it another time until you reach your goal. I know this is cliche but you’ve heard this from financial advisors: start young, start now!
  2. Academic education is essential but financial literacy is the best: Robert always emphasizes in this book the importance of financial literacy. With financial intelligence, it provides you more options and avoids obstacles, therefore, mitigating your risk as well. Life is like a game, we always gamble but if you are financially literate you play strategically.
  3. Learn the real meaning of the word “asset” – in our basic accounting, an asset is anything that we possessed but that’s not the true meaning of asset in a financially literate person. Asset means anything that helps you acquire income.
  4. Let the money works for you and not the other way around – money is just an idea, money is a reward for what you have done for your self. Training you took, the network of friends you have, the skills you acquire, and a good spiritual balance is fundamental, then money will follow. As long as you know how to work all of them. Use your assets to generate the income for you and not just depends on your own hard work, be smart!
  5. Focus on your goal, and that is to be rich! – The crab mentality, if you are a Filipino you probably very aware of this bad characteristic. Crab mentality means you pull others down when you see them that they are successful or starting to become successful. Please do not do that, focus on your goal and don’t waste your precious time ruining others.
  6. The businessman’s friend is the government (Robin Hood idea is wrong!) “Why don’t the rich pay for it?” Or “The rich should pay more in taxes and give it to the poor.” It is this idea of Robin Hood or taking from the rich to give to the poor that has become the single biggest pain for the poor and the middle class. The reason the middle class is so heavily taxed is that of the Robin Hood ideal. The reality is that the rich are not taxed. It’s the middle class who pays for the poor, the educated upper-income middle class. above is an excerpt from the book
  7. Delayed gratification – the process that the subject undergoes when the subject resists the temptation of an immediate reward in preference for a later reward (source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_gratification). I can say that this is the common technique of the successful people, they do not live for just today by reaping immediately the reward but they want it to last longer.

Quotes that I love from this book

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“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are”

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Unless a person is used to changing, it’s hard to change”

“Winning means being unafraid to lose” – Fran Tarkenton

“Without strong reason or purpose, anything in life is hard”

“The world will push you around, discipline will keep you grounded”

“If you want something, you first need to give”

“God does not need to receive, but humans need to give”

“Make an offer, counteroffer, negotiate, reject and accept”

So that’s what I learned from reading Robert’s book, I hope you learned too as to how much as I learned. I’m looking forward to read books that will enhance and develop myself, because I know that me, myself and I is a great asset of my self.