Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
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 is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
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