Most people who want to get ahead do it backward. They think, 'I'll get a bigger job, then I'll learn how to be a leader.' But showing leadership skill is how you get the bigger job in the first place. Leadership isn't a position, it's a process.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say 'I'. They don't think 'I'. They think 'we'; they think 'team'.
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.
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.
Remember the difference between a boss and a leader. A boss says, Go! A leader says, Let's go!
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.
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.
If you don t know where you are, a map won't help.
Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.
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.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.
No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place.
A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.
What you can't enforce, do not command.
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.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
Leadership is defined by results not attributes.
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
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