I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
Leadership is defined by results not attributes.
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.
Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.
Earn your leadership every day.
A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say 'I'. They don't think 'I'. They think 'we'; they think 'team'.
To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
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.
You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
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.
Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.
Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.
Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow
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.
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