A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.
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.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
I'm a shepherd, not a sheep, and I've always prided myself on being a leader and not a follower.
Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.
To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.
The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be feared rather than to be loved.
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.
Somebody has to take responsibility for being a leader.
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.
In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions.
My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.
Never give an order that can't be obeyed.
I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.
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