A Leadership example from the past that is still relevant
The following excerpt from the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill is still as relevant In todays convoluted world as it was when it was originally published nearly 100 years ago. .
And while these 11 items listed here may apply to entrepreneurship rather than security, they can still be applied to any organization or leadership format. Instead of thinking of growing rich how about thinking and leading a loyal crew?
I have added a couple of tid bits of my own in parentheses at the end of Mr. Hill’s lines.
- 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. (You have to know what you’re doing, even if you’re new to the field or department. And if you’re unfamiliar with it, then learn quickly and take suggestions)
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. (It’s not always easy to do, but it must be done. Not to say that you can lose your top once in a blue moon. They may wonder about following someone who never shows any emotion)
- A keen sense of justice. Without a sense of fairness and justice, no leader can command and retain the respect of his followers. (Don’t use a trivial reason or someone else’s reasoning to be rid of a problem – defend them even if you don’t like them!)
- Definiteness of decision. The man who wavers in his decisions shows that he is not sure of himself and cannot lead others successfully. (This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask for suggestions, just don’t be wishy washy!)
- 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. (In other words don’t ask others to do what you don’t want to do unless it is an absolute necessity)
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. (Doesn’t mean you can’t be driven or a hard a**, but you still have to be human and lead with compassion – no matter the situation)
- Sympathy and understanding. The successful leader must be in sympathy with his followers. Moreover, he must understand them and their problems.
- Mastery of detail. Successful leadership calls for mastery of the details of the leader’s position. (Do you know all that is required of you either from the corporate or human level?)
- 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 him incompetent, the leader must consider that it is they who failed. (in other words ‘The Buck Stops at YOUR desk’)
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. (just remember that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely)
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Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace/school violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security arena for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace/school violence.
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