We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity.
He who has great power should use it lightly.
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
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.
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 nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Sir Winston Churchill
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
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.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
John C. Maxwell