Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.
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.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Try to please everybody.
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.
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
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.
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.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
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