Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
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.
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
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.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
The time is always right to do what is right.
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.
If you tell the truth, you don't need a long memory.