Week 4: Leadership
Love, indeed, is light from heaven;
A spark of that immortal fire
With angels shared, by Allah given,
To lift from earth our low desire.
Devotion wafts the mind above,
But heaven itself descends in love;
A feeling from the Godhead caught,
To wean from self each sordid thought;
A ray of Him who form’d the whole;
A glory circling round the soul:
“You Can Do It if You Believe You Can!”
Initiative and Leadership
Lesson Four is Initiative and Leadership. Both of these qualities are necessary for the attainment of success. He defines initiative as “that exceedingly rare quality which impels a person to do what ought to be done without being told to do it.” Once this habit is acquired, leadership develops naturally.
Leaders exercise initiative, have a definite purpose in mind, and possess self-confidence. This emphasizes the main point: successful people make use of all 16 lessons. In this lesson, Hill also speaks to the lack of success habits such as procrastination, and gives a detailed formula for using autosuggestion to overcome this initiative stopper.
He states that to become a person of initiative, you must form the habit of aggressively and persistently following the objective of your definite chief aim until you achieve it — regardless of how long it takes.
Lesson 4- Initiative and Leadership
- The three assets that all great leaders possess.
- A surprising way that you can get ideas off of the ground when you don’t have any money.
- The three keys to banishing procrastination from your life for good.
- The secret of why you remain underpaid … no matter what you do.
- The two brands of leadership … and which one leads to absolute failure.
- The most important word in the English language.
- How a great soldier’s amazing 17-page analysis will change your views on how to become a leader.
- The only way for you to achieve lasting happiness.
- The chief reason why you don’t reach decisions.
- The four Laws that will allow you to build plans for anything that will guarantee their success.
Leadership is a composite of a number of qualities. [Just as success is a composite of the fifteen factors out of which this Reading Course was built.] Among the most important I would list Self-confidence, Moral Ascendency, Self-Sacrifice, (Ma)Paternalism, Fairness, Initiative, Decision, Dignity, Courage.
The brand of leadership that is recommended through this course of instruction is the brand which leads to self-determination and freedom and self-development and enlightenment and justice.
Fifteen factors enter into the attainment of SUCCESS. One of these is TOLERANCE. The other fourteen are mentioned many times in this series of lessons. Intolerance binds man’s legs with the shackles of IGNORANCE and covers his eyes with the scales of FEAR AND SUPERSTITION.
Intolerance closes the book of knowledge and writes on the cover “Open not this book again. The last word has been herein written.”
It is not your DUTY to be tolerant; it is your PRIVILEGE!
When you feel yourself preparing to “lock horns” with someone remember that it will be more profitable if you LOCK HANDS instead! A warm, hearty handshake leaves no bones bleaching in the sun.”
ORGANIZED EFFORT is effort which is directed according to a plan that was conceived with the aid of Imagination, guided by a Definite Chief Aim, and given momentum with Initiative and Self-confidence. These four laws blend into one and become a power in the hands of a Leader. Without their aid effective leadership is impossible.
While self-confidence is the result of knowing more than your men, Moral Ascendency over them is based upon your belief that you are the better man. To gain and maintain this ascendency you must have self-control, physical vitality and endurance and moral force.
Consideration, courtesy and respect are not incompatible with discipline. They are parts of our discipline. Without initiative and decision no one can expect to lead.
There is no substitute for accurate knowledge!
You have already learned that no man can accomplish enduring results of a far-reaching nature without the aid and co-operation of others. You have already learned that when two or more persons ally themselves in any undertaking, in a spirit of harmony and understanding, each person in the alliance thereby multiplies his own powers of achievement.
Co-operation is said to be the most important word in the English language. It plays an important part in the affairs of the home, in the relationship of man and wife, parents and children. It plays an important part in the affairs of state. So important is this principle of co-operation that no leader can become powerful or last long who does not understand and apply it in his leadership.
Lack of Co-operation has destroyed more business enterprises than have all other causes combined. In my twenty-five years of active business experience and observation I have witnessed the destruction of all manner of business enterprises because of dissension and lack of application of this principle of Co-operation.
Create and align with a “code of ethics” that resonates with the type of leadership you want to present to the world. Review the HARMONIC CODING practice from the Empowerment Course and write out a new set of standards to live by. Make a dedication and keep to it!
Copy the following formula and place it conspicuously in your room where you will see it as you retire at night and as you arise in the morning:
INITIATIVE AND LEADERSHIP
Having chosen a definite chief aim as my lifework I now understand it to be my duty to transform this purpose into reality.
Therefore, I will form the habit of taking some definite action each day that will carry me one step nearer the attainment of my definite chief aim.
I know that procrastination is a deadly enemy of all who would become leaders in any undertaking, and I will eliminate this habit from my make-up by:
(a) Doing some one definite thing each day, that ought to be done, without anyone telling me to do it.
(b) Looking around until I find at least one thing that I can do each day, that I have not been in the habit of doing, and that will be of value to others, without expectation of pay.
(c) Telling at least one other person, each day, of the value of practicing this habit of doing something that ought to be done without being told to do it.
I can see that the muscles of the body become strong in proportion to the extent to which they are used, therefore I understand that the habit of initiative also becomes fixed in proportion to the extent that it is practiced.
I realize that the place to begin developing the habit of initiative is in the small, commonplace things connected with my daily work, therefore I will go at my work each day as if I were doing it solely for the purpose of developing this necessary habit of initiative.
I understand that by practicing this habit of taking the initiative in connection with my daily work I will be not only developing that habit, but I will also be attracting the attention of those who will place greater value on my services as a result of this practice.
Levels II & III: Read Lesson 5 on Imagination in The Law of Success Book for next week. Note these are big chapters so pace yourself and make a commitment to read every day. Take notes as you go along, and STICK WITH IT!
Level III: Listen to the Your Wish Is Your Command CD Series: Sample of Disc 7
WHEN you do not know what to do or which way to turn, smile. This will relax your mind and let the sunshine of happiness into your soul.
NO ONE HAS GIVEN YOU AN OPPORTUNITY? HAS IT EVER OCCURRED TO YOU TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOURSELF?
LOVE is the only bow on life’s dark cloud. It is the Morning and the Evening Star. It shines upon the cradle of the babe, and sheds its radiance upon the quiet tomb. It is the mother of Art, inspirer of poet, patriot and philosopher. It is the air and light of every heart, builder of every home, kindler of every fire on every hearth. It was the first to dream of immortality. It fills the world with melody, for Music is the voice of Love. Love is the magician, the enchanter, that changes worthless things to joy, and makes right royal kings and queens of common clay. It is the perfume ofthe wondrous flower – the heart andwithout that sacred passion, that divine swoon, we are less than beasts; but with it, earth is heaven and we are gods. -INGERSOLL.
You of course understand that the only way to get happiness is by giving it away, to others. The same applies to the development of initiative.
This meditation is the perfect guide to bring us deeper into embodying our Mastery on all levels so leadership and initiative come naturally, as well as Living our Power NOW: