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Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, We did it ourselves.
If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.
Each person must decide for himself what he wants each day. As a leader, I will expose you to the options and the likely consequences of those options. I'll even share my opinion if asked, but I'll never confuse it with the opinion, which simply doesn't exist.
An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood.
When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.
A leader knows what's best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it.
Leadership is a serving relationship that has the effect of facilitating human development.
Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
An army of deer would be more formidable commanded by a lion, than an army of lions commanded by a stag.
Among the blind the one eyed is king.
Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
The real leader has no need to lead -- he is content to point the way.
Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
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.
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control.
The highest of distinctions is service to others.
Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right.
Morale is faith in the man at the top.
A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.
Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.
Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.
If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
The chief executive who knows his strengths and weaknesses as a leader is likely to be far more effective than the one who remains blind to them. He also is on the road to humility -- that priceless attitude of openness to life that can help a manager absorb mistakes, failures, or personal shortcomings.
The best leader is the one who has the sense to surround himself with outstanding people and self-restraint not to meddle with how they do their jobs.
Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.
What you cannot enforce, do not command.
The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says I; The leader says WE. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, GO; the leader says lets, GO!
Perhaps in His wisdom the Almighty is trying to show us that a leader may chart the way, may point out the road to lasting peace, but that many leaders and many peoples must do the building.
The right man comes at the right time.
To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going.
The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer's place.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.
You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.
One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.
Those who can command themselves command others.
Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one's self to the absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea.

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