A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
No matter how good you think you are as a leader, my goodness, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better – because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
The temptation to take the easy road is always there. It is as easy as staying in bed in the morning and sleeping in. But discipline is paramount to ultimate success and victory for any leader and any team.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.
As a leader, you must consistently drive effective communication. Meetings must be deliberate and intentional – your organizational rhythm should value purpose over habit and effectiveness over efficiency.
One of the most important actions, things a leader can do, is to lead by example. If you want everyone else to be passionate, committed, dedicated, and motivated, you go first!
A leader is a dealer in hope.
A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.
The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
If you want to be a great leader, remember to treat all people with respect at all times. For one, because you never know when you’ll need their help. And two, because it’s a sign you respect people, which all great leaders do.
If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it – young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous – is changed by it.
I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.
Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.
It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.
A leader is admired, a boss is feared.
I believe to be a leader is to enable others to embrace a vision, initiative or assignment in a way that they feel a sense of purpose, ownership, personal engagement, and common cause. I was very affected as a child by my father’s positive example as a civic leader who inspired others to share his commitment to improving our community.
The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.
My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
Being a good leader requires remembering that you’re there for a reason, and the reason certainly isn’t to have your way. High-integrity leaders not only welcome questioning and criticism – they insist on it.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
Transforming a brand into a socially responsible leader doesn’t happen overnight by simply writing new marketing and advertising strategies. It takes effort to identify a vision that your customers will find credible and aligned with their values.
The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
A true leader has to have a genuine open-door policy so that his people are not afraid to approach him for any reason.
I consider myself a leader. I am not a follower.
As a leader, these attributes – confidence, perseverance, work ethic and good sense – are all things I look for in people. I also try to lead by example and create an environment where good questions and good ideas can come from anyone.
Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.
The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.
Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn’t come alive until the leader models it.