The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
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.
My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back.
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.