One word, with many ways, to move toward a common purpose.
Leadership is ...
Who me? A Leader?
He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened. - Lao Tzu
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. (Jack Welch)
Change (Personal and Transformational)
"Has later been paraphrased to: Be the change you wish to see in the world" http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/08/be-the-change-you-wish-to-see-in-the-world-not-gandhi/
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. (Margaret Mead)
Transformational - Choices - Decisions - Actions
Model - Inspire - Challenge - Change
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
(John C. Maxwell)
A genuine leader is not a searcher for a consensus but a moulder of consensus.
(Martin Luther King Jr.)
Write your goals in concrete and your plans in sand. (Anonymous)
Leaders honor their core values, but they are flexible in how they execute them. (Colin Powell)
A leader is a dealer in hope. (Napoleon Bonaparte)
Distributive - Collaboration - Teamwork
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they say: we did it ourselves. (Lou Tzu)
Wisdom - Justice - Principled - Moral Compass
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
(John D. Rockefeller)
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. (Jim Rohn)
Interconnection - Impact - Responsibility
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. (Ancient Indigenous Proverb: http://www.ilhawaii.net/~stony/quotes.html)
Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18)
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. (Warren Bennis)
A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.
Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better. (Bill Bradley)
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. (Ken Kesey)
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. (John Maxwell)
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
Good leaders must first become good servants. (Robert Greenleaf)
True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not to enrich the leader.
(John C. Maxwell)
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. (Max De Pree)
We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead. (William Arthur Ward)
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. (Tony Blair)