The crowd will follow a leader who marches twenty paces ahead of them, but if he is a thousand paces ahead of them, they will neither see nor follow him.
To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men.
I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying the responsibilities.
A gifted leader is one who is capable of touching your heart.
A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren't still there, he's no longer a political leader.
Religion is not a perpetual moping over good books. Religion is not even prayer, praise, holy ordinances, these are necessary to religion - no man can be religious without them. But religion is mainly and chiefly the glorifying of god amid the duties and trials of the world; the guiding of our course amid adverse winds and currents of temptation by the sunlight of duty and the compass of Divine truth, the bearing up manfully, wisely, courageously, for the honor of Christ, our great Leader in the conflict of life.
I have no complex about wealth. I have worked hard for my money, producing things people need. I believe that the able industrial leader who creates wealth and employment is more worthy of historical notice than politicians or soldiers.
Faith in the ability of a leader is of slight service unless it be united with faith in his justice.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
If an individual wants to be a leader and isn’t controversial, that means he never stood for anything.
No leader can safely mumble at moments of crisis.
A leader who ceases to take sides simply abdicates his role and hands authority to his strongest competitors.
Transactional leaders approach followers with an eye to exchanging one thing for another: jobs for votes, or subsidies for campaign contributions… The transforming leader looks for potential motives in followers, seeks to satisfy higher needs, and engages the full person of the follower. The result of transforming leadership is a relationship of mutual stimulation and elevation that converts followers into leaders and may convert leaders into moral agents.
The task of the leader is always to weigh up the circumstances, to make decisions and to give orders and then, once the action has been launched, to reassess from time to time the system of the means at his disposal, which [is] continually being modified by circumstances.
The prime role of a leader is to offer an example of courage and sacrifice.
You can judge a leader by the size of the problems he tackles… Other people can cope with the waves, it’s his job to watch the tide.
Anyone who wants to be a leader must be the servant, not the boss, of those he wants to serve.
He who finds a new path is a pathfinder, even if the trail has to be found again by others; and he who walks far in advance of his contemporaries is a leader, even though centuries may pass before he is recognized as such and intelligently followed.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.