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.
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
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.
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.
People will never forget how you made them feel.
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.
Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.
The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
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.
Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born - that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
He who has great power should use it lightly.
Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better.
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
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