Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
General Dwight Eisenhower
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
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.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.