Leadership means not giving orders
but giving of yourself.
East African Tribal Proverb
The leaders who work most effectively, it
seems to me, never
say "I." And that's
not because they have trained themselves
not to say
"I." They don't think "I." They think "we"; they think
"team." They understand their job to be to make
the team function. They accept responsibility and don't
but "we" gets
the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to
get the task done.
Peter F. Drucker
are ambitious and rational and proud. And we don't
fall in line with people who don't respect us and who we
don't believe have our best interests at heart. We are
willing to follow leaders, but only to the extent that we
believe they call on our best, not our worst.
Leaders are more powerful role models when
they learn than when they teach.
Rosabeth Moss Kantor
Divorced from ethics, leadership is
management and politics to mere technique.
James MacGregor Burns
you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.
When you become a leader, success is all about growing
suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
leaders must first become good servants.
important, leaders can
and articulate goals
that lift people
out of their petty preoccupations and
them in pursuit of objectives
worthy of their best efforts.
your actions inspire others to
more, learn more, do
you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
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.
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most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born--that
a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that
people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense;
in fact, the
opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
lead people, walk beside them . . . As for the best leaders,
the people do not
notice their existence. The next best, the people
honor and praise.
The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate . .
. When the best
leader's work is done the people say, "We did it
The task of leaders is to get their people
where they are to where they have not been.
|Leadership must be based on goodwill.
Goodwill does not mean posturing and,
least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious
and wholehearted commitment
to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear,
tired of leaders we love,
and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with
them. What we need for leaders
are people of the heart who are so helpful that they, in
effect, do away with the need
of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of
a job, never out of followers.
Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving
James B. Stockdale
leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut
argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody
is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib
It is not "making friends and influencing people",
that is flattery. Leadership is
lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a
to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond
its normal limitations.
is not so much about technique and methods as it is about
opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of
oneself and of
others. Great leadership is about human experiences,
Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human
comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others.
It is an attitude, not a routine.
|I never had much faith in leaders. I am
willing to be charged with almost anything,
rather than to be charged with being a leader. I am
suspicious of leaders, and especially
of the intellectual variety. Give me the rank and file
every day in the week. If you go
to the city of Washington, and you examine the pages of the
you will find that almost all of those corporation lawyers
and cowardly politicians,
members of Congress, and mis-representatives of the
masses--you will find that almost
all of them claim, in glowing terms, that they have risen
from the ranks to places of
eminence and distinction. I am very glad I cannot make
that claim for myself. I would
be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks.
When I rise it will be
with the ranks, and not from the ranks.
Eugene V. Debs
A leader's job often includes changing your people's
attitudes and behavior. Some suggestions to
Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the
Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
Let the other person save face.
Praise the slightest improvement and praise every
improvement. Be "hearty in your
approbation and lavish in your praise."
Give the other person a fine reputation to live up
Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to
Make the other person happy about doing the things
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convinced that any feeling of exaltation because we have
under us should be conquered, for I am sure that if we enjoy
over people, there will be something in our manner which
them dislike being under us.
Mary Parker Follett
Leaders and followers are both following the invisible
the common purpose.