Dear Leader: A poem

Few quotations on leader & leadership &

two short stories

Let us try to understand leader and leadership through a poem , quotations and short stories.

Dear Leader!

A poem by ratikanta singh

Dear Leader!
You can really be called a great leader
Try your best to inspire greatness in others
See that you are able to create leaders after leaders
And give due credit to others and recognize that this responsibility is very much yours.

 Dear leader!
You can really be called a great leader
Please delegate responsibility and empower others
Don’t micromanage, don’t be one-man army and a strict controller
Give autonomy, create atmosphere for better productivity, new creativity and make things smooth and smoother.

 Dear leader!
You can really be called a great leader
See that you don’t make excuses and blame others
It’s your responsibility for any setback or de-growth even due to others’ fault Accept the blame, learn from it, grow from it
Show responsibility for your actions; prove yourself to be respectable and trustworthy
Take care: nobody can doubt your integrity and accountability
Everyday prove yourself, a leader and very very worthy.

 Dear leader!
You can really be called a great leader
Remember – your team members can make you a great leader
Kindness and respect they always deserve
In return they can be happy and eager to give their best forever
Remember, the happy and satisfied subordinates are your asset
For you, they can go beyond their best.

   Dear leader!
You can really be called a great leader
Provided people really feel that you are great
Yeah-Communicate well, get helpful feedback and generate ideas always new
Motivate people, give fresh challenges and allow them to tackle things with creativity may be very few.

  Hey, leader!
Hey, dear leader!
You can really be called a great leader
Be a coach, a mentor and also don’t mind to be trained yourself
Your openness to learning and teaching with fairness and assertiveness
Will certainly make you a leader worth remembering
Add a sense of humour and still remain intelligent and inspiring
Be forward looking with great vision of yours
Your competency, your  honest purpose will certainly make you a great leader
Please lead from the front on all count
And produce successful leaders one after another…….




  1. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader….JOHN QUINCY ADAMS.
  2. Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitudes and in actions….HAROLD S.GREEN.
  3. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and follower….STEVE JOBS.
  4. The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves….RAY KROC.
  5. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority….KEN BLANCHARD.
  6. Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better…HARRY S.TRUMAN.
  7. The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership…HARVEY S.FIRESTONE.
  8. Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out….STEPHEN COVEY.
  9. The secret of success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better…TONY DUNGY.
  10. The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang…MARY KAY ASH.
  11. Leadership is an intense journey into yourself. You can use your own style to get anything done. It’s about being self-aware.  Every morning, I look into the mirror and say, “I could have done three things better yesterday”…JEFFREY R. IMMELT.
  12. I think that in any group activity – whether it be business, sports, or family – there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful…JOHN WOODEN.
  13. Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you are in control, they are in control….TOM LANDRY.
  14. Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers…ROBIN S.SHARMA.
  15. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality….WAREN BENIS.
  16. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other…JOHN F.KENNEDY.
  17. Don’t find fault, find a remedy….HENRY FORD.
  18. 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 frontline when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership…NELSON MANDELA.
  19. 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….COLIN POWELL.
  20. Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation…SIMON SINEK.
  21. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. …MAX DEPREE.
  22. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. …GENERAL GEORGE PATTON.
  23. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. …JACK WELCH.
  24. A leader is a dealer in hope. …NAPOLEON BONAPARTE.
  25. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. …JOHN MAXWELL.
  26. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. …PETER DRUCKER.
  27. The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. …WARREN BENNIS.
  28. H who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. …ARISTOTLE.
  29. Become the kind of leader the people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. …BRAIN TRACY.
  30. I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. …RALPH NADER.
  31. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. …PETER DRUCKER.
  32. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. …JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE.
  33. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good man to do whats he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. …THEODORE
  34. Leadership is influence. …JOHN C. MAXWELL.
  35. A good general not only sees the way to victory, he also knows when victory is impossible. …POLYBIUS.
  36. A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. …JOHN MAXWELL.
  37. A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. …ROSALYN CARTER.
  38. A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. …OVID.
  39. The leader has to be practical and a realistic yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. …ERIC HOFFER.
  40. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. …BRIAN TRACY.


Inspiring Story


(Source internet)

John Smith was once a field technician who was recognized as having great technical skills and a good personality.  He was known as a nice person and received many compliments from both customers and fellow employees.

The company he worked for was expanding and a managerial position was available.  He was offered and accepted the position, even though he had no management experience and never really led anyone.  He stated this to upper management, but they had the confidence he would pick it up due to his aptitude and attitude.

John knew that he would be faced with leadership challenges, and quickly found out that his decisions mattered.  He focused too much on the small things, which needed to be addressed, but missed the big picture.  He did not prioritize like he should have and tried to do everything himself so that he would not bother his staff.  No one really knew the goals or objectives, or where the department was headed.  He did all of the talking because he thought that is what a leader and manager is supposed to do.  He thought the only way to get things done was to intimidate, and he would lose his temper when things did not go right.  If anyone criticized him, he would become immediately defensive.  He did not even think about motivating his staff, he thought they should just do the work they were getting paid for.

Although his staff respected his technical capabilities and liked him, they did not look at him as a leader.  Once he talked to a couple of his closest staff members, he realized that he needed to take a good look at how he could improve.  He thought about people he respected as leaders, and realized that they never seemed to get upset and were usually calm.  He found that he needed to build trust and make sure everyone saw the same vision for the future.  He started meeting more with his staff and asking for their opinions and suggestions.  He knew not to let any criticism affect him personally, as everyone wants to succeed and enjoy their job at the same time.  He realized the importance of proper multitasking and prioritization.  He made the decisions he was confident about, and asked key employees for help or confirmation whenever he was not 100% sure.  He also started freeing up the responsibilities he held tight by delegating out tasks.  His stress levels were decreasing, and he started to act the part of a leader by being more calm and self-assured.

Even though he made some mistakes, and quite often would seek advice, he was earning trust from his team.  This was due to always keeping them informed truthfully, and never giving up until the issues were resolved.  They felt he truly had things under control.  He had their best interests at heart, and tried to motivate by mentoring, coaching and helping them grow.  He listened to what they had to say, and remained quiet until he had something useful or powerful to say.  With this new humbled confidence, his leadership abilities improved to a point to where he was promoted to director, and soon after, vice-president.


Epilogue:  This field tech, with no management or leadership experience, was able to grow once he realized the skills needed in order to succeed.  By incorporating the information taught in this lesson into your daily routine as manager, you will earn respect and be known as a solid leader.  There will be much more in-depth information regarding managerial skills with the mindset of a great leader in the following lessons.  John’s story will continue as well as it relates to each lesson.


     STORY: Works of the Kingdom

(Source-Bed time story by Pedro Pablo Sacristan)

Once upon a time a King ordered his two sons to build two large aqueducts(an artificial channel for conveying water, typically in the form of a bridge across a valley or other gap.) to supply water to his country estates, which were in a very poor state due to a great drought. The first son took part of his father’s riches and part of the army. With them he travelled north where he ordered the people of those lands to work hard on building the aqueduct. He oversaw the work very carefully, paying the villagers fairly, and finishing the project within the predicted two years. Proud of his work, he returned to the palace, only to find the place in the midst of celebrations for the coming crowning of his brother as King. He was told that his brother had taken only one year to build his aqueduct in the south, and that he had managed to do the job with hardly any soldiers or money.

This seemed so strange to the first brother that he began to investigate the southern aqueduct. What he found amounted to more than a few irregularities. He returned to the palace, telling his father to avoid this madness of making his brother King

“Why do you say that? Is there something I should know?” asked the King. “You know how much I love my brother, but he must have gone crazy. He has dragged our good name through the gutter. He built his aqueduct deviating from the plans. He created so many outlets that barely half the water arrives at the royal estates. He confronted the prime minister in front of the villagers, and he left without paying any of the workers. He even used your soldiers as labourers. And who knows? Maybe that’s only the start…”

The King, gazing affectionately at his son, replied.

“My son, what you say is true. Your brother had the initiative to modify the aqueduct to improve it; the wisdom to propose something which would improve the lives of everyone. And so he convinced the villagers to work quickly and without pay. He had the courage to confront the prime minister to defend justice, and the charisma to set his soldiers to work even more hours than the villagers. His commitment was so great that he himself was the one who worked hardest on the project, forgetting his Princely status. You know what, my son? This is why everyone adores your brother, and would do anything he were to ask of them. He is more than their King, he is their leader”.

The Prince left, deep in thought. He came to recognise that the words of his father indeed pointed to the greatness of his brother. And without hesitation, he ran to his brother, to congratulate him.


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