Ethel Van Zanten Tucson,, Arizona, USA
Chapter 7- Organized Planning.
Mr. Hill points out many attributes of a good leader in organizing plans as well as the faults of a poor leader who fails in this chapter. I can identify with both sides of the spectrum but of course the attributes are what everyone who wants to be a good leader needs to strive for. I would like to take The two attributes and the opposites are what I would like to emphasis.
The attributes are:
Assuming responsibility for the mistakes and the shortcomings of his followers and Understanding and applying the principal of cooperative effort. This is very positive and I would be more than happy to work with such a leader. This kind of relationship would be like a partnership where consultation with one another on plans would be a given. What each person has to say about a certain plan would be taken into consideration.
The opposite of this situation would be a selfishness of the leader and instead of taking responsibility for the mistakes of his followers it would be a situation of,"I am the leader and my title gives me the right to ask for your resignation." This would eliminate the mistakes by this follower but would cause fear in the minds of the other followers.
As has been pointed out in this chapter, the 2nd situation above is not tolerated in our society at this time as much as it has in the past. Most companies that are successful are using the mastermind approach to lead. This is because most people are educated and know that they have a right to give their opinions and ideas when it comes to how a company operates.
There are more attributes that Mr. Hill names for a company to be a success. The ones named above are only a part of what is required to be a leader. They are the ones I feel most important.
Ethel Van Zanten