Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
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 first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.
The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such.
Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
George S. Patton
Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.
Edwin H. Friedman
Be enthusiastic as a leader. You can’t light a fire with a wet match.
A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is that simple. It is that difficult.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
Trust is the essence of leadership.
To be a leader means to be able to move masses.
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.
Mary D. Poole