Power Wielders may treat people as things. Leaders my not.
-James MacGregor Burns
Fail to honor people,
They fail to honor you;
But of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will all say, “We did this ourselves.”
Leaders succeed only when they embody and express, for better or worse, values rooted in the social character of a group, class, or nation.
Managers do things right. Leaders do the right thing.
-Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus
People only trust leaders who articulate a moral code, who care about people and are competent in the exercise of power.
Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
Far better it is to dare might things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
One man with courage makes a majority.
It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to gain permission.
A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.
You can’t manage a man into combat, you must lead him. You manage things; you lead people.
Leaders manage the dream.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define responsibility. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
-Max De Pree
In dreams begin responsibility.
-W. B. Yeats
The first and last task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
-John W. Gardner
If you treat a man as his is, he will remain as he is; if you treat him as if he were what he could be, he will become what he could be.
If you expect and reward mediocrity, that’s what you’ll get; however, if you expect and reward excellence and quality, you have a probability of getting it.
-Mark Silber, Ph.D.
Life is tough, it’s tougher if you’re stupid
Leadership is not a spectator sport.
-Kouzes and Posner