Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
Έστι δ’ η γνώμη απόφανσις περί των καθόλου και περί όσων αι πράξεις εισί, και αιρετά ή φευκτά εστι προς το πράττειν
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.
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
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.
True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.
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.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.