Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Delaine Carpenter Albuquerque, NM, United States

Posted: 2016-11-06

Hill writes: “There are two forms of Leadership. The first, and by far the most effective, is LEADERSHIP BY CONSENT of, and with the sympathy of the followers. The second is LEADERSHIP BY FORCE, without the consent and sympathy of the followers. Men may follow the forced leadership temporarily, but they will not do so willingly.”

I experienced leadership by force early in my career. In fact, I would be so bold as to not call the individual a “leader” but a “dictator.” This was a trying time in my career and I followed the individual, not willingly, but out of force, as Hill speaks of. The office atmosphere was chaotic, oppressive, and employees were fraught with paranoia. I believe this individual failed in his ability to lead because he effectively instilled fear in the hearts of his followers. As Hill says, he emphasized the authority of leadership. I vowed, if I was ever given the opportunity to lead, I would be different. Years later, I find myself in a leadership position. I have recognized that effective leadership comes with leading by a good example, demonstrating integrity, assuming responsibility for my shortcomings and mistakes, and treating others with respect.