Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
John C. Maxwell
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.
Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.
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
There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.
The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.
You manage things; you lead people.
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.
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.