I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
Alexander the Great
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
In fair weather prepare for foul.
When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
George Washington Carver
Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
Arnold H. Glasow
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.
J. P. Morgan
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.
Roy E. Disney
Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.
George W. Bush
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
The cautious seldom err.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser
The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.
Mary Kay Ash
Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold S. Geneen
Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.
David Joseph Schwartz
Clarity affords focus.
Leadership consists of picking good men and helping them do their best.
Chester W. Nimitz
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher
He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
James Cash Penney
A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.
My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.
Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman
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Leadership can not be measured in a poll or even in the result of an election. It can only be truly seen with the benefit of time. From the perspective of 20 years, not 20 days.