A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
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.
High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
A good manager is best when people barely know that he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him.
If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologise than it is to get permission.
Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.
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.
Remember the difference between a boss and a leader. A boss says, Go! A leader says, Let's go!
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.