Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.
General Douglas MacArthur
True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.
Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.
I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.
The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
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