Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader.
He that cannot obey, cannot command.
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.
A leader leads by example not by force.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.
Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.
Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.
Remember the difference between a boss and a leader. A boss says, Go! A leader says, Let's go!
In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people... they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.
A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers.
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.
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.
A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.
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.
What you can't enforce, do not command.
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.
Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.
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.
Good leaders must first become good servants.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say 'I'. They don't think 'I'. They think 'we'; they think 'team'.
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