Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
John C. Maxwell
Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
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
Έστι δ’ η γνώμη απόφανσις περί των καθόλου και περί όσων αι πράξεις εισί, και αιρετά ή φευκτά εστι προς το πράττειν
Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.
Γνώμαι σοφών αρετήν πλουτίζουσιν
The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.