The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others do." (Leroy Eims)
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
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.
Leaders are not born, they're made.
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.
Leadership is defined by results not attributes.
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.
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.
Humans are ambitious and rational and proud. And we don't fall in line with people who don't respect us and who we don't believe have our best interests at heart. We are willing to follow leaders, but only to the extent that we believe they call on our best, not our worst.
I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
The leader works in the open and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination, with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.
Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.
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