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All business success rests on something labeled a sale, which at least momentarily weds company and customer.

The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents.
We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done.
It's important for the explorer to be willing to be led astray.
A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.
Leadership must be established from the top down.
I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction.
Show me the leader and I will know his men. Show me the men and I will know their leader.
Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.
The wealth of kings is in the affections of their subjects.
A crown, golden in show is but a wreath of thorns.
When I think of this life I have led; the desolation of solitude it has been; the masoned, walled-town of a Captain's exclusiveness, which admits but small entrance to any sympathy from the green country without -- oh, weariness! heaviness! Guinea-coast slavery of solitary command!
A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
That perfect bliss and sole felicity, the sweet fruition of an earthly crown.
He is the richest man who enriches his country most; in whom the people feel richest and proudest; who gives himself with his money; who opens the doors of opportunity widest to those about him; who is ears to the deaf; eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. Such a man makes every acre of land in his community worth more, and makes richer every man who lives near him.
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
Some men must follow, and some command, though all are made of clay.
The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.
Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present, in China or elsewhere. If there is one, he is only pretending, like a pig inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look like an elephant.
It is a characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top.
With public sentiment is everything, with it nothing can fail, without it nothing can succeed.
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
I'm their leader, I've got to follow them.
Most of the ladies and gentlemen who mourn the passing of the nation's leaders wouldn't know a leader if they saw one. If they had the bad luck to come across a leader, they would find out that he might demand something from them, and this impertinence would put an abrupt and indignant end to their wish for his return.
It is the Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back.
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
Keep cool and you will command everyone.
The wise man who is not heeded is counted a fool, and the fool who proclaims the general folly first and loudest passes for a prophet and Fuhrer, and sometimes it is luckily the other way round as well, or else mankind would long since have perished of stupidity.
I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
Leaders create an environment which everyone has the opportunity to do work which matches his potential capability and for which an equitable differential reward is provided.
In the great mass of our people there are plenty individuals of intelligence from among whom leadership can be recruited.
There is great force hidden in a gentle command.
The leader seeks to communicate his vision to his followers. He captures their attention with his optimistic intuition of possible solutions to their needs. He influences them by the dynamism of his faith. He demonstrates confidence that the challenge can be met, the need resolved, the crisis overcome.
Who has not served cannot command.
Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
Right or wrong, the customer is always right.