I personally think there is a dearth of leadership in the world today. That shortage has been documented. I wrote about it in Future Friday: Leadership is going to be a corporate black hole. I would suggest you read this, but rather than be totally negative again I thought I would offer some inspiration instead. These are five quotes that I think are inspiring.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
General Colin Powell
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.