Leadership Quotes


"Leadership is the art of influencing human behaviour in order to comlete the task in the manner required by the leader"

Canadian Forces Definition

"I believe that any general who receives good advice from a subordinate officer should profit by it. Any patriotic servant of the state should forget himself when in that service, and look only to the interest of the state. In particular, he must not let the source of an idea influence him. Ideas of others can be as valuable as his own and should be judged only by the results they are likely to produce."

Frederick the Great, 1784 

"The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy rather than to make an army. It is possible to impart instruction and to give commands in such manner and such a tone of voice as to inspire in the soldier no feeling but an intense desire to obey, while the opposite manner and tone of voice cannot fail to excite strong resentment and a desire to disobey. The one mode or the other of dealing with subordinates springs from a corresponding spirit in the breast of the commander. He who feels the respect which is due to others cannot fail to inspire in them regard for himself, while he who feels, and hence manifests, disrespect toward others, especially his inferiors, cannot fail to inspire hatred against himself."

Major General John M. Schofield,  United States Army
In an address to the Corps of Cadets, West Point Military Academy, August 11, 1879

"If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles." 

Carl von Clausewitz

"One of the most valuable qualities of a commander is a flair for putting himself in the right place at the vital time."

Gen. Sir William Slim (Viscount Slim)