Vision is the ability to talk about the future with such clarity it is as if we are talking about the past.
The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas. The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.
If you’re not remarkable, you’re invisible.
Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you—not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.
Some see risk as a reason not to try. Some see it as an obstacle to overcome. The risk is the same; to try or not depends on your perspective.
We call them leaders because they go first, because they take the risk before anybody else does, because they will choose to sacrifice so their people will be safe and protected.
Leaders don’t complain about what’s not working. Leaders celebrate what is working and work to amplify it.
Leaders may inspire, but only when the people decide to act does the leader’s vision become a movement.
Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating.
For values or guiding principles to be truly effective they have to be verbs. It’s not “integrity,” it’s “always do the right thing.” It’s not “innovation,” it’s “look at the problem from a different angle.” Articulating our values as verbs gives us a clear idea – we have a clear idea of how to act in any situation.
the true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own. Great leaders truly care about those they are privileged to lead and understand that the true cost of the leadership privilege comes at the expense of self-interest.
Great leaders must have two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate that vision clearly.
Great leaders are willing to sacrifice the numbers to save the people. Poor leaders sacrifice the people to save the numbers.
Follow those who follow something bigger than themselves – an idea, a belief, a vision, a cause. Run away from those who say we need to follow them.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
And when a leader embraces their responsibility to care for people instead of caring for numbers, then people will follow, solve problems and see to it that that leader’s vision comes to life the right way, a stable way and not the expedient way.
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
If our leaders are to enjoy the trappings of their position in the hierarchy, then we expect them to offer us protection. The problem is, for many of the overpaid leaders, we know that they took the money and perks and didn’t offer protection to their people. In some cases, they even sacrificed their people to protect or boost their own interests. This is what so viscerally offends us. We only accuse them of greed and excess when we feel they have violated the very definition of what it means to be a leader.
Your work is your own private megaphone to tell the world what you believe.