I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
General George Patton
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.
Τας δε των σοφών ανδρών γνώμας αρετή πλουτίζειν τους κεκτημένους
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.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.