I think leadership is something you earn, more through actions than words.
You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Leadership is something you earn, something you're chosen for. You can't come in yelling, 'I'm your leader!' If it happens, it's because the other guys respect you.
My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.
I don't know what leadership is. You can't touch it. You can't feel it. It's not tangible. But I do know this: you recognize it when you see it.
Leadership is about doing what you know is right -- even when a growing din of voices around you is trying to convince you to accept what you know to be wrong.
The more varied the environments in which you exercise your leadership gift, the stronger that gift will become. You will become a far more effective leader.
Great leadership is by definition relentlessly developmental.
Leadership comes in small acts as well as bold strokes.
At the heart of great leadership is a curious mind, heart, and spirit.
To me, leadership is about encouraging people. It's about stimulating them. It's about enabling them to achieve what they can achieve -- and to do that with a purpose.
Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
The sharp employ the sharp.
That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.
I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.
At the heart of leadership is the leader's relationship with followers. People will entrust their hopes and dreams to another person only if they think the other is a reliable vessel.
Leadership can change its mind; leadership can open its eye. Leadership can even be replaced.
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.
Our emerging workforce is not interested in command-and-control leadership. They don't want to do things because I said so; they want to do things because they want to do them.
Good leaders don't tell people what to do, they give teams capability and inspiration.
Leadership means setting a moral tone.
A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice.
True leadership has people who follow when they have the freedom not to.
Making those around you feel invisible is the opposite of leadership.
Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.
You can lead with or without a title. If you wait until you get a title, you may wait forever.
For me, leadership is making a difference. It's using your agency to bring about change.
Mahatma Gandhi was someone who demonstrated the tremendous power of leadership by example.
You have to lead people gently toward what they already know is right.
Leaders are like gardeners ... As leaders we are not only responsible for harvesting our own success but for cultivating the success of the next generation.
My philosophy of leadership is to surround myself with good people who have ability, judgment and knowledge, but above all, a passion for service.
Leadership must be likeable, affable, cordial, and above all emotional. The fashion of authoritarian leadership is gone. Football is about life. You can't be angry all day.
Humility is a great quality of leadership which derives respect and not just fear or hatred.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists.
When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.
Leadership is your ability to hide your panic from others.
Deal with it before it happens. Set things in order before there is confusion.
It's very important in a leadership role not to place your ego at the foreground and not to judge everything in relationship to how your ego is fed.
Leadership is not about working towards a goal single-handedly. Leadership is about inspiring and motivating people to work together towards a goal.
How to influence people without using power is the key to leader effectiveness.
The best leaders are the hungriest learners.
Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.
A good leader must hate the wrong thing more than they hate the pain of doing the right thing.
People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
Serving is the best kind of Leading.
Leadership was never a one day process, it's a daily process that lasts a few decades.
Growing your leadership capacity demands personal effectiveness. Being effective is the ability to do the right thing at all times, no matter the cost.
Successful leadership is a commitment to the journey of tireless growth.
The first key to leadership is self-control.
Charisma is the result of effective leadership, not the other way around.
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born.
Influence is the key word in any definition of leadership.
Often the crowd does not recognize a leader until he has gone, and then they build a monument for him with the stones they threw at him in life.
Serving others prepares you to lead others.
If you don't value excellence, you won't achieve excellence.
Leadership is leading the way, guiding the way, living the way.
An effective leader is not a pleaser.
The most powerful weapon in the world is -- a QUESTION.
Leaders shouldn't lie.
Great leaders are not micro-managers. Leadership is about making big things happen.
Results drive respect. Respect yields authority. Leaders who deliver results, command respect.
Leadership is all about taking initiatives.
Emotional security is the hall-mark of great leadership.
It's up to you, not about you.
Great leaders make people feel important.
Without strong visionary leadership, no strategy will be executed effectively.
Leadership is a matter of how to be -- not how to do it.
To help others see their own paths, spark the fuel of their personal passions.
I think in a lot of ways, I handle the leadership role a little different than others. I'm not going to rah-rah or slap you across the helmet or push you. I'm going to talk to you.
It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.
A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
When people talk, listen completely.
Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations.
Good leadership isn't about advancing yourself. It's about advancing your team.
The difference between mere management and leadership is communication.
Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.
The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.
The leader works in the open and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Leadership is the power of one harnessing the power of many.
A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers.
Leadership is the readiness to stand out in a crowd.
The exercise of true leadership is inversely proportional to the exercise of power.
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.