Quotes in leadership
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.
There are three kinds of leaders. Those that tell you what to do. Those that allow you to do what you want. And Lean leaders that come down to the work and help you figure it out.
Go for a business that any idiot can run - because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it.
Does a security guard empower the CEO to enter the building?
The frequency of leadership going to the gemba is inversely proportional to the number of walls separating them from the gemba.
Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.
Lead yourself, lead your superiors, lead your peers, and free your people to do the same. All else is trivia.
A leader isn't good because they're right. They're good because they're willing to learn and to trust.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.