I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
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 good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Earn your leadership every day.
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.
Ήκιστα πόλεμος επί ρητοίς χωρεί
Whatever you are, be a good one.
Έστι δ’ η γνώμη απόφανσις περί των καθόλου και περί όσων αι πράξεις εισί, και αιρετά ή φευκτά εστι προς το πράττειν
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.
General Douglas MacArthur