Causes of Leadership Failure – Selfishness


100 % agreement.

Back-Office Bulletin

Leaders who claim all the honor for the work of their followers are sure to be met by resentment. Really great leaders claim none of the honors. They are content to see the honors go to their followers because they know that most people will work harder for commendation and recognition than they will for money alone. – Napoleon Hill

[This is the 6th in a series discussing the causes of leadership failure presented by Napoleon Hill]

Let’s start by defining selfishness. According to, selfishness is “[devotion] to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.” It also offers the following, “relating to or characterized by self-interest.” With the preceding in mind, it’s appropriate to ask, “Is selfishness always bad?”

According to Vijay Govindarajan and Srikanth Srinivas, the answer is “No.” In an article appearing on the Harvard Business Review blog, they…

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