"Once it gets to a point where it becomes a matter of life and death to occupy a position of leadership or not, with an eye on future opportunities, therein lies the danger."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Kgalema Motlanthe on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Kgalema Motlanthe on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership."Kgalema Motlanthe on Nelson Mandela
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."Kgalema Motlanthe on Lao Tzu
"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."Kgalema Motlanthe on Colin Powell
"I have a political attitude, but I'm certainly not a politician."