We all need to remind ourselves that we are not pulled to high levels of success. Rather, we are lifted there by those working beside and below us.
Achieving high-level success requires the support and the cooperation of others. And gaining this support and cooperation of others requires leadership ability. Success and the ability to lead others—that is, getting them to do things they wouldn’t do if they were not led—go hand-in-hand.
The success-producing principles of leadership are valuable equipment in helping you develop your leadership capacity. Thus, it is important that we master four special leadership rules or principles that can cause others to do things for us, whether it be in the executive suite, in business, in social clubs, in the home, or anywhere we find people.
These four leadership rules or principles are:
Trade minds with the people you want to influence — Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and ask yourself, “If I were in his situation, how would I react to this?”
Think: What is the human way to handle this? — Praise your subordinates personally at every opportunity. Praise them for their cooperation. Praise them for every extra effort they put forth. Praise is the greatest single incentive you can give people, and it costs you nothing.
Think progress, believe in progress, push for progress — Promotions in all fields go to individuals who believe in—and push for—progress. Status-quoers far outnumber real leaders. Join the leadership elite and develop a forward look.
Take time out to confer with yourself — The successful person in any field takes time out to confer with himself or herself. Leaders use solitude to put the pieces of a problem together, to work out solutions, to plan, and to do their super-thinking.
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