Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
General Colin Powell
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.
Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.
A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.
John J Pershing
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
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Μένανδρος (Γνωμ. Μον.)
Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.
Έστι δ’ η γνώμη απόφανσις περί των καθόλου και περί όσων αι πράξεις εισί, και αιρετά ή φευκτά εστι προς το πράττειν
Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.