Thoughts on leadership

Published: Nov 14, 2016


If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
—Thomas Aquinas

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
—Alexander The Great

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.
—Jean-Paul Sartre


I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
—Ralph Nader

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
—Arnold H Glasow

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
—William Penn

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
—Maya Angelou

So much of what we call management consists in making it diffi cult for people to work.
—Peter Drucker


People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
—Theodore Roosevelt

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
—Thomas Jefferson


A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus.
—Martin Luther King Jr

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
—John C Maxwell


People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
—Thomas Sowell

Images: Aquinas, Drucker, Luther King, Sowell: Getty Images; Nader:Reuters; Angelou: Gary Hershorn / Reuters

(This story appears in the 25 November, 2016 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from To visit our Archives, click here.)

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