The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
Earn your leadership every day.
Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act!
You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
Leaders aren't born they are made.
The building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still.
Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
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.
To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ... When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!
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.
It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.
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