Chapter 1: Hunter says that leadership is a skill, not something many are born with. Do you actually believe this? Have you always believed this? What evidence have you seen in your life to back up your response.
I believe leadership is definitely a skill. I don't remember what I thought several years ago or if I even had an opinion, but I do remember scouts is when I realized it was a skill. Over just six months I've seen people's leadership skills infinitely expanded and improved just by doing what seems right and getting some constructive feed back. Anyone who says leadership isn't a skill should just try for a few weeks and they will soon think differently.
If you don't have influence you need to have followers who believe in a cause or use power, and power will soon scare away the best followers. Then your left with the stubborn ones and can't get influence because you lost your one chance.
A time when I served my self was when I let a person slip away from a job and did nothing about it because I had just spend a ridiculous amount of time pressuring them to do it. I avoided conflict and made it harder in the long run because I had to stand in front of them baby sitting to make sure they didn't leave. A time I served was when I made the stubborn ones do thinks no matter how much they resisted I was more stubborn unfortunately they never stopped trying to avoid work. Neither produced and visible results and both made me feel frustrated and bad.
In summary: I learned the difference between power and authority. I already knew how to get influence from people and that it was better to lead with it. The main thing I still don't know is how to convince people who only follow you if you let them slack off.