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
Ανάγκη μεγάλων γνωμών και διανοιών, ίσα και τα ρήματα τίκτει
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
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.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
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 final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.