Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
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.
The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
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.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
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.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.