Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
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.
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
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
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
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