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.
John Kenneth Galbraith
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.
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 great power should use it lightly.
Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
Τας δε των σοφών ανδρών γνώμας αρετή πλουτίζειν τους κεκτημένους
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.
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.