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
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Reverend Theodore Hesburgh
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.
A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.
Dee Dee Myers