People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

If you are a parent, you have probably already realized that your children are always watching what you do. And just as children watch their parents and emulate their behavior, so do employees who are watching their bosses.

The most talented do not always end up as celebrities, and those with less talent often do. Upsets are written into our history and occur around us every day.

Talent grips us. We are overtaken by the beauty of Michelangelo's sculpture, riveted by Mariah Carey's angelic voice, doubled over in laughter by the comedy of Robin Williams, and captivated by the on screen performances of Denzel Washington.

Exceptionally hard decisions can deplete your energy to the point at which you finally cave in. If you mentally crumble and degenerate into negative thinking, you'll magnify the problem to the point where it can haunt you.

Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate.

We don't mature momentarily, but over the long-term.

We all have done something unethical.

Dividers seek to make themselves look or feel better by making others feel worse. They damage relationships, fracture teams and organizations, and create havoc in people's lives.

Look at our society. Everyone wants to be thin, but nobody wants to diet. Everyone wants to live long, but few will exercise. Everybody wants money, yet seldom will anyone budget or control their spending.

Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.

Your people are a mirror of your attitude. If you have a poor attitude, you can't expect your people to be upbeat.

Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.

A lack of realism in the vision today costs credibility tomorrow.

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning, and prefers to walk down familiar paths. Their distaste for learning stunts their growth and limits their influence.

For more than a decade, I led an organization that put on an elaborate Christmas program each December. It was a big production, with over 250 people participating in more than 20 performances. By the end of the season, everyone who participated was exhausted.

If you want to lead on the highest level, be willing to serve on the lowest.

All good leaders are connectors. They relate well and make people feel confident about themselves and their leader.

Failure is not fatal. Only failure to get back up is.

The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be.

It seems the older you get, the more life comes into focus.

Circumstances do not make you what you are, they reveal what you are.

Whenever a high-profile leader dies, people immediately attempt to summarize that person's life in a sentence. Often, critics and commentators get caught up looking at the leader's style, or which political or philosophical camp they represented.

You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.

If you're lying, you're lying.

We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice.

Good thinkers always prime the pump of ideas. They always look for things to get the thinking process started, because what you put in always impacts what comes out.

Leaders who are kind of insecure or egocentric, they basically sabotage themselves.

As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.

The experience of pain or loss can be a formidably motivating force.

Positional leaders ignore the fact that every person has hopes, dreams, desires, and goals of his own. And leaders must bring their vision and the aspirations of the people they lead together in a way that benefits everyone.

Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought.

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

Leaders who fail to prune their pride will meet demise. That's not a guess, it's a guarantee. With pride, it's not a matter of 'if' we will fall, but 'when.' There are no exceptions.

To remain a credible leader, I must always work first, hardest, and longest on changing myself. This is neither easy nor natural, but it is essential.

Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date.

There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.

Pride deafens us to the advice or warnings of those around us.

Enjoyment is an incredible energizer to the human spirit.

Inability to make decisions is one of the principal reasons executives fail. Deficiency in decision-making ranks much higher than lack of specific knowledge or technical know-how as an indicator of leadership failure.

You will never fulfill your destiny doing work you despise.

If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it - young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous - is changed by it.

Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.

If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone.

Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don't want to believe that. But if you're over age twenty-one, your life is what you're making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities.