A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.
We have no leadership, no captain at the helm as it were. We are, in effect, being led from disaster to disaster by a headless horseman run amok with stuffed pockets and an empty conscience.
Those who had entrusted their leaders knew it was for a purpose, and the purpose should be maintained.
When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.
The real leader has no need to lead--he is content to point the way.
A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.
As leaders shift their focus to customers and quality, they realize that the old authoritarian leadership style does not work anymore. To achieve quality, service, and rapid response, leaders must utilize all available talent. They must find ways to inspire, involve, and empower employees. They must create a work environment that encourages commitment, innovation, and cooperation. Instead of evaluating, leaders now coach. Instead of doing, they delegate. Instead of telling, they facilitate. No one is expected to boss anyone. Everyone is expected to participate.
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
We need leaders who will stand up for the little guy and listen once again.
Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Where are they now that we, the men whom they sent off to war, have returned? These are commanders who have deserted their troops, and there is no more serious crime in the law of war. The Army says they never leave their wounded. The Marines say they never leave even their dead. These men have left all the casualties and retreated behind a pious shield of public rectitude. They have left the real stuff of their reputation bleaching behind them in the sun in this country.
Our Founding Fathers would shudder to see how easily forces outside the mainstream now seem to effortlessly push some Senate leaders toward conduct the American people don't want from their elected leaders: Abusing power. Inserting the government into our private lives. Injecting religion into debates about public policy. Jumping through hoops to ingratiate themselves to their partys base, while step by step, day by day, real problems that keep American families up at night fall by the wayside here in Washington.
Weve been around for 500 years and never shut up, much less to a monarch. The king is the head of state just like me. The only difference is I\'ve been elected three times with 63 per cent. We are equal as heads of state, be it the leader of the Indian State Evo Morales or King Juan Carlos of Spain.
A friend of mine characterizes leaders simply like this: "Leaders don't inflict pain. They bear pain.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
A leader lives with people to know their problems. A leader lives with God in order to solve them.
One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Elected leaders who forget how they got there won't the next time.
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