Some Fine Thoughts On Leadership

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Jay Wright, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Villanova

A friend, mentor, natty dresser 🙂 , & leader who is getting better and better

“To be among all those people, I still look at myself as Jay Wright from Council Rock [High School]. I’m a fan. I go down to an Eagles game, nobody knows I’m there. I go to the Phillies all the time. I just love being a fan.”

(Jay’s comments after finding out he’d been voted the Daily News Sportsperson of the Year, December 30, 2009)


“Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.”
— Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa

“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!'”
— Lao-tsu

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”

— John Kenneth Galbraith
“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
— Harry Truman
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead

“My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
— General Montgomery

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