Delta Omicron Zeta

USC's premier co-ed fraternity of leaders, est. 2008

Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”, that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.

—Peter F. Drucker

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Stephen R. Covey

I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.

—Warren Bennis

Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.

Admiral James B. Stockdale

The best is he who calls men to the best. And those who heed the call are also blessed. But worthless who call not, heed not, but rest.

Hesiod
8th Century BC Greek poet

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

To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’

Lao-tsu

Pity the leader caught between unloving critics and uncritical lovers.

—John Gardner, novelist

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never
changes.

— Lewis Grizzard, writer and humorist

"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.”
- Jim Rohn, speaker and author