A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.
John J Pershing
Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
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
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.