The true measure of a man is not the number of servants he has, but the number of people he serves.
— Arnold Glasgow
The princes among us are those who forget themselves and serve mankind.
— Woodrow Wilson
I want to be remembered for serving, not with arrogance, but with humility.
— Clarence Thomas
We are all called to serve rather than be served. As I examined the life of Jesus, it became apparent that He came as a servant. The style of leadership I adopted, though far from perfect, was based on His model.
— Tom Osborne
The key to your impact as a leader is your own sincerity. Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe.
— Sir Winston Churchill
I don’t base my actions on popularity. If you’re in a position of leadership, you can’t wait to determine how it’s going to affect you in terms of good or bad. You have to lead and do what you think is good.
— Douglas Wilder
I learned from my dad what true leadership is. He taught me that in politics everybody is not going to support me in everything I do. “What’s important,” he said, “is that you stick to your core values.” If people don’t support you, then so be it. It goes back to being true to yourself.
— Christine Todd Whitman
If you are looking for leaders, how can you identify people who are motivated by the drive to achieve rather than by external rewards? The first sign is passion for the work itself – such people seek out creative challenges, love to learn and take great pride in a job well done. They also display an unflagging energy to do things better.
— Daniel Goleman
Building self-confidence in others is a huge part of leadership. It comes from providing opportunities and challenges for people to do things they never imagined they could do – rewarding them after each success in every way possible.
— Jack Welch
Leaders articulate and define what has previously remained implicit or unsaid, then they invent images, metaphors and models that provide a focus for new attention.
— Warren Bennis
However desperate the situation, a senior commander must always exude confidence in the presence of his subordinates. For anxiety topside, can spread like cancer down through the command.
— General Omar Bradley
The opportunist thinks of me and today. The statesman thinks of us and tomorrow.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
A leader is like a battalion commander who isn’t content to read the menus but insists on going into the mess hall to taste the food himself. Not only does he know more about what’s being fed to his subordinates, but he’s considered a better leader by his troops.
— Peter Drucker
A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.
— Joe DiMaggio
A leader leads by example not by force.
— Sun Tzu
Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.
— Charles Borromeo
Model good emotional and mental stability. All eyes are on you, particularly in times of stress or crisis. Be a role model your children will remember – how strong you were, how resilient you were, how you held things together when life seemed like it was breaking apart.
— Phillip McGraw
Great leaders are continually trying to make the people around them better.
— Rick Pitino
Leaders don’t force people to follow; they invite them on a journey.
— Charles Lauer
The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of the people in his or her organization is going to blow the competition away.
— Walter Wriston
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.
— Georg Brandes
Management is what used to be required to run a company. Today it’s leadership. A manager basically controls, establishes plans, makes a budget, allocates work and tracks results. A leader is much more focused on vision and beliefs. He or she inspires people and breaks roadblocks so that people can accomplish more.
— Bob Eaton
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence by seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.
— Tom Landry
The person who knows “how” will always have a job. The person who knows “why” will always be his boss.
— Diane Ravitch
A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.
Consensus is the negation of leadership.
— Margaret Thatcher
It should not really matter how many people like leaders. The important thing is the quality of work that results from collaborating with them. The emotionally wise leader realizes that this quality will suffer when undue emphasis is placed on being a “good guy.” More important, it is a large part of the leader’s job to take risks. And risks by their very nature cannot be pleasing to everyone.
— Warren Bennis
If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.
— Dolly Parton
A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situations.
— A.W. Tozer
Leadership is not just one quality but rather a blend of many qualities, and while no one individual possesses all of the needed talents that go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.
— Vince Lombardi
If Jesus is the model, then the coach is truly a servant of his players. He may be a disciplinarian and stern at times; however, his primary motivation from a spiritual perspective is to serve and to care for those with whom he has been entrusted.
— Tom Osborne