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.
Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
Leaders are not born, they're made.
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.
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.
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 art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Be strong, but not rude; Be kind, but not weak; Be bold, but not bully; Be humble, but not timid; Be prooud, but not arrogant.
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.
You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
What chance gathers, she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
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