Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.
General Douglas MacArthur
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.
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.
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
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.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
General George Patton
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.
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.