The truth is that the best leaders are the best learners. Leadership can be learned. It is an observable pattern of practices and behaviors, and a definable set of skills and abilities. Skills can be learned, and when we track the progress of people who participate in leadership development programs, we observe that they improve over time.

Barry Z. Posner
James M. Kouzes
The Truth About Leadership

Leaders are the ones who run headfirst into the unknown.  They rush toward the danger.  They put their own interest aside to protect us or to pull us into the future.  Leaders would sooner sacrifice what is theirs to save what is ours  and they would never sacrifice what is ours to save what is theirs.  This is what it means to be a leader.  It means they choose to go first into danger, headfirst toward the unknown.  And when we feel sure they will keep us safe, we will march behind them and work tirelessly to see their visions come to life and proudly call ourselves their followers.

Simon Sinek
Leaders Eat Last

“Leadership” is a concept we often resist.  It seems immodest, even self-aggrandizing, to think of ourselves as leaders. But if it is true that we are made for community, then leadership is everyone’s vocation, and it can be an evasion to insist that it is not.  When we live in the close-knit ecosystem called community, everyone follows and everyone leads.

Parker J. Palmer
Let Your Life Speak