I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Έστι δ’ η γνώμη απόφανσις περί των καθόλου και περί όσων αι πράξεις εισί, και αιρετά ή φευκτά εστι προς το πράττειν
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
Τας δε των σοφών ανδρών γνώμας αρετή πλουτίζειν τους κεκτημένους
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
Ήκιστα πόλεμος επί ρητοίς χωρεί
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.