"Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Lewis H. Lapham on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Lewis H. Lapham 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."Lewis H. Lapham 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."Lewis H. Lapham 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."Lewis H. Lapham on Colin Powell
"Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence."