1. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” (The Guardian)
2. “A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”
(The Long Walk to Freedom)
3. “…As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
4. “Like the gardener, a leader must take responsibility for what he cultivates; he must mind his work, try to repel enemies, preserve what can be preserved, and eliminate what cannot succeed.”
5. “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.”
6. “A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.”
7. There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.
8. I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
9. It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.
10. When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.