Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says "Go!" - a leader says "Let's go!"
A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says "I was beaten," he does not say "My men were beaten."
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.
Leadership is action, not position.
~Donald H. McGannon
You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.
You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
~Thomas J. Watson
If two or three persons should come with a high spiritual aim and with great powers, the world would fall into their hands like a ripe peach.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
A leader is a dealer in hope.
~Napoleon Bonaparte, attributed
Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.
One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.
~Dennis A. Peer
A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.
~John C. Maxwell
A leader is best
When people barely know that he exists.
~Witter Bynner, The Way of Life According to Laotzu
The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
~Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart
If you wish a general to be beaten, send him a ream full of instructions; if you wish him to succeed, give him a destination, and bid him conquer.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.
~Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-Périgord
A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him.
I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscle; but today it means getting along with people.
Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.
A leader leads by example not by Force.
A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
He led his regiment from behind -
He found it less exciting.
But when away his regiment ran,
His place was at the fore, O.
Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.
We have great managers who haven't spent a day in management school. Do we have great surgeons that haven't spent a day in surgical school?
Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy.
~Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.
Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.
I am not a labor leader. I don't want you to follow me or anyone else. If you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of the capitalist wilderness you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into this promised land if I could, because if I could lead you in, someone else could lead you out.
~Eugene V. Debs
To lead the people, walk behind them.
Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.