The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
Earn your leadership every day.
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Try to please everybody.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
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 pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
I can't give you the sunset, but I can give you the night.
You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Do not follow where the path may lead.
Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
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 your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
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