Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
There go the people.
I must follow them for I am their leader.
The history of the world is but the
biography of great men.
The real leader has no need to lead--
he is content to point the way.
Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.
He who has never learned to obey
cannot be a good commander.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
A leader is a deal in hope.
It is easy to sit at the helm in fine weather.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.
In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.
I light my candle from their torches.
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.
The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.
A bold onset is half the battle.
To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose's egg.
Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
What you cannot enforce /
Do not command.
To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.)
Let he him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince himself.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.