Leadership is influence – nothing more and nothing less. If a person is able to influence another to take some course of action, they are a leader. Period. There are several different leadership styles or methods that a person may use in order to influence others and a case could be made in support of each one, but as a follower though, nothing makes it easier to follow a person than one who leads by example.
“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.” ~ Viktor Frankl, Brain Pickings
“Make it your business to draw out the best in others by being an exemplar yourself.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“It is not a demonstration of kindness or friendship to the people we care about to join them in indulging in wrongheaded, negative feelings. We do a better service to ourselves and others by remaining detached and avoiding melodramatic reactions.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.” ~ Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
…And why trust is the one thing that changes everything!
“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A good leader takes more than their fair share of the blame and gives more than their share of the credit.” ~ Arnold Glasnow
“It’s been my experience that the people who gain trust, loyalty, excitement, and energy fast are the ones who pass on the credit to the people who have really done the work. A leader doesnt need any credit… He’s getting more credit than he deserves anyway.” ~ Robert Townsend, Former CEO, Avis
“At the end of the day, people follow those who know where they’re going.” ~ Jack Trout
“I am still learning. That is an important mark of a good leader… to know you don’t know it all and never will.” ~ Anne Mulcahy