Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.
Don’t blame the boss. He has enough problems.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit.
The challenge of leadership is to create change and facilitate growth.
I like to praise and reward in a loud voice and to scold in a whisper.
Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.
Respect people with less power then you. I don’t care if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful. So there.
You don’t reward failure by promoting those responsible for it, because all you get is more failure.
If you aspire to be a leader of your own country, you must speak your own language, for God’s sake.
The very essence of leadership is having vision.
I think people should be nicer to each other
But real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing.
You will launch many projects, but have time to finish only a few. So think, plan, develop, launch and tap good people to be responsible. Give them authority and hold them accountable. Trying to do too much yourself creates a bottleneck.
Even as entrepreneurs, we rely on people to get things done. We may have the original idea, but moving it forward can involve hundreds of people. Every person becomes integral to the overall success.
It’s easy to demonise people, you’re usually wrong about it, people are nicer than you think.
Leaders, true leaders, take responsibility for the success of the team, and understand that they must also take responsibility for the failure.
You do your job, you keep your job. Do it well, you get a better job.
Rule a kingdom as though you were cooking a small fish – don’t overdo it.
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