A leader is like a
shepherd. He stays behind
the ﬂock, letting the most
nimble go out ahead,
whereupon the others
follow, not realizing that
all along they are being
directed from behind.
Noble Peace Prize Winner
I don't care whether I'm remembered. I
do think that empowering people with
the Internet and PCs is my lifetime's
work. That's my job; I'm thrilled about
that and the new things we can do
there. It's also neat in terms of giving
all this money back, to take my position
where I've been the luckiest person to
help the people who have been unlucky
to have better lives. I feel very
fortunate to have found that and [to]
be able to get engaged and hopefully
energize that ﬁeld as well.
Leadership is the ability to
inspire others to achieve
shared objectives. Managers
tell people what to do. Leaders
inspire them to do it.
Be the change that
you wish to see in
Not everyone is born to lead. The best
leader, however, is one who "leads
like a baby." The baby, though
apparently depending on everyone, is
the king of the household. It is the
power of expressing one's love and
appreciation and sympathy for others,
that enables one person to succeed
better in spreading the idea than
Innovation distinguishes between a
leader and a follower.
Everything around you that you call
life was made up by people that were
no smarter than you, and you can
change it, you can inﬂuence it, you
can build your own things that other
people can use.
People don’t care about what you
say... they care about what you build.
I played on my school’s cricket
team, and there was one
incident that just was very
stunning to me. I was a bowler
— like a pitcher in baseball —
and I was throwing very
ordinary stuff one day. So the
captain took over from me and
got the team a breakthrough,
and then he let me take over
I never asked him why he did that, but my impression
is that he knew he would destroy my conﬁdence if he
didn’t put me back in. And I went on to take a lot more
wickets after that. It was a subtle, important leadership
lesson about when to intervene and when to build the
conﬁdence of the team. I think that is perhaps the No.
1 thing that leaders have to do: to bolster the
conﬁdence of the people you’re leading.