A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics, like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure.
Remember the difference between a boss and a leader. A boss says, Go! A leader says, Let's go!
The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
A good manager is best when people barely know that he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him.
High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
A leader leads by example not by force.
If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologise than it is to get permission.
A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.
Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.
Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
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