The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
John C. Maxwell
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
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.
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