This is in continuation of previous article on leader and leadership published  dated 23.08.2018. Here you will find a poem by me,quotations and two short stories to help us in understanding leader and leadership. Please enjoy the poem written by me  and the entire content.


A poem:  By- ratikanta singh

Leader, leader, lead us leader
Leader, leader, give us new vision
Leader, leader, lead us leader
Leader, leader, give us new mission
Leader, leader, lead us leader
Leader, leader, give us new dimension.

You make the difference
You lift us to higher level
Push us beyond boundaries
You give much needed confidence
Teach us high level of expectations
Our full potential blooms through you
Leader, leader, lead us leader.

You have taught us to be committed
Committed to the core
We now…
Act, behave and feel like great winner
Leader, leader, lead us leader.

You have given us big dreams
Dreams with vision and reason
We will go beyond the sky
And reach our cherished goals
Leader, leader, lead us leader.

With your sound advice
We are ready to work harder
We are able to show
Zeal, enthusiasm and humour
People are sure to wonder
How graceful we are
Even under great pressure
Leader, leader, lead us leader.

We follow your wisdom
Genuinely, strongly and honestly
Interested in welfare of others
Our kindness, sympathy and empathy
Are sure to flow to others
Leader, leader, lead us leader.

With your blessings
We have learnt to give more
We don’t bother what we get
We give with enthusiasm and humility
Try to add dignity and integrity
Leader, leader, lead us leader.

Nobody can take us for granted
You have taught us
To be tough fair and warm too
With high level of confidence and integrity
We follow and admire you
Want to be leader for good as taught by you
Leader, leader, lead us leader.

You have also taught us enough
The right way to lead others
You have made us leaders of substance
You have supplied confidence enough
The right direction we have received from you
Wow! We are confident now
To be a leader like you
A good human being like you
Leader, leader, lead us leader.

Leader, leader, lead us leader
Leader, leader, give us new vision
Leader, leader, lead us leader
Leader, leader, give us new mission
Leader, leader, lead us leader
Leader, leader, give us new dimension.


 Leader and Leadership Quotes :

  1. To have long term success as a coach or any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. …PAT RILEY.
  2. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. …BILL GATES.
  3. All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. …JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH.
  4. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is : Try to Please everybody. …HERBERT SWOPE.
  5. If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either right things worth reading, or do things worth the writing. …BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.
  6. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. …THOMAS JEFFERSON.
  7. Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead. …ROSS PEROT.
  8. Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we will have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. …VINCE LOMBARDI.
  9. Leadership is the key to 99% of all successful efforts. …ERSKINE BOWLES.
  10. Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. …BILL BRADLEY.
  11. Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. …TOM PETERS.
  12. Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. …STEPHEN COVEY.
  13. What you do has far greater impact than what you say. …STEPHEN COVEY.
  14. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. …ARNOLD GLASOW.
  15. The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. …WALTER LIPPMAN.
  16. True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. …BILL WOENS.
  17. Whatever you are, be a good one. …ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
  18. A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralized the best of troops…JOHN J. PERSING.
  19. The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. …DWIGHT EISENHOWER.
  20. Earn your leadership everyday. …MICHAEL JORDAN.
  21. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. …ELEANOR ROOSEVELT.
  22. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires. …WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD.
  23. It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. …ADLAI E. STEVENSON II.
  24. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. …RALPH WALDO EMERSON.
  25. Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. …ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.
  26. The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. …RONALD REAGAN.
  27. Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. …JOHN F. KENNEDY.
  28. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. …PETER F. DRUCKER.
  29. Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another. …JOHN C. MAXWELL.
  30. I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. …ROBERT E.LEE.
  31. There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust. …KLAUS BALKENHOL.
  32. You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. …NANCY D.SOLOMON.
  33. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make in stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own. …BETH REVIS.
  34. Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way. …RONALD REAGAN.
  35. The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind but not weak; be bold but not bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud but not arrogant; have humour but without folly. …JOHN ROHN.
  36. Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar. …ORRIN WOODLAND.
  37. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. …PETER F.DRUCKER.
  38. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at time of challenge and controversy. …MARTIN LUTHAR KING Jr.
  39. A leader takes people where they would never go on their own. …HANS FINZEL.
  40. A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of blame and little less than his share of credit. …JOHN MAXWELL.
  41. A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, where upon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind. …NELSON MANDELA.
  42. I start each day by telling myself what a positive influence I am on this world. …PETER DAISYME.
  43. If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk. …BENJAMIN HOOKS.
  44. A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. …STEPHEN KING.
  45. The true leaders always practice the three R’s : Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all their actions. …ANONYMOUS.
  46. When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally. …LAO TZU.
  47. A leader leads by example not by force. …SUN TZU.
  48. The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they are valued. …KEN ROBINSON.
  49. The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people. …JOHN C.MAXWELL.
  50. A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under. …SAM HOUSTON.


Powerful Leadership Story-1

Leading by Example

by -MICHAEL ROGERS (Source-Internet)

I heard it once said that a good example has twice the value of good advice. I came across a powerful leadership story that I would like to share and that highlights what leading by example is all about.

There is a legend that is told of a French Monastery known throughout Europe for the  exceptional leadership of a man known only as Brother Leo. Several monks took a pilgrimage to visit this extraordinary leader to learn from him. Starting out on the pilgrimage they almost immediately begin to argue over who should do certain chores.

On the third day of their journey they met another monk also going to the monastery; he joined them. This monk never bickered about doing chores and did them dutifully. And when the others would fight about which chores to do, he would simply volunteer to do them himself. On the last day of their journey, others began to follow his example and the bickering stopped.

When the monks reached the monastery they asked to see Brother Leo. The man who greeted them laughed. “But our brother is among you!” And he pointed to the fellow that had joined them.

Many seek positions in leadership to serve their own interests and not that of others. There are many self-serving reasons why a person may want to lead such as power, status, networking and money. But the best leaders lead because they care about people. And those are the types of leaders that lead like Brother Leo. They teach through their actions, not by words alone. They are servants, not commanders.

Question: Is this type of leadership rare in the world today? Do you even think that we need this type of leadership?

Powerful Leadership Story-2

Leader by Example

by -MICHAEL ROGERS (Source-Internet)

I love leaders who lead by example. They are easy to follow and their lessons are so much more meaningful and impactful than leaders that just tell you what to do.

Here is a great leadership story of a leader by example.

Over 200 years ago, a man in civilian clothes rode past a small group of tired and battled weary soldiers. They were digging what appeared to be an important defensive position.

The leader of the group wasn’t making any effort to help. He just shouted orders and threatened to punish the group if the work wasn’t completed within the hour.

“Why aren’t you helping?” the stranger asked on horseback.

“I’m in charge! The men do as I tell them,” said the leader. He added “Help them yourself if you feel so strongly about it.”

To the mean leader’s surprise the stranger got off his horse and helped the men until the job was finished.

Before he left the stranger congratulated the men for their work, and approached the confused leader.

“You should notify top command next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men – and I will provide a more permanent solution,” the stranger said.

Up close, the now humbled leader recognized General George Washington and was taught a lesson he would never forget!

I love leaders that are willing to dig with the team. I have been fortunate enough in my life to have such leaders. I can remember on several occasions a manager of mine working late with me on projects. He could have gone home, but chose to help me instead.

I learned several important things from those leaders. One was that they cared. They weren’t just order “barkers,” but order helpers as well. My respect and trust for those leaders was off the charts. I was very loyal to them as a result.

Have you been blessed enough to have such leaders in your life?


These two stories by Michael Rogers are taken from internet. I liked these two stories. In every walk of life we need leaders. Every person can be a better leader. But we all have to understand and give due importance to leader and leadership qualities. I think this post will certainly help us. Please give your valuable comment.