So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Sir Winston Churchill
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.
Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
General Colin Powell
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.
To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.