The best workers have a covenant relationship with an organization

The best people working for organizations are like volunteers. Since they could probably find good jobs in any number of groups, they choose to work somewhere for reasons less tangible than salary or position. Volunteers do not need contracts, they need covenants . . . . Covenantal relationships induce freedom, not paralysis. A covenantal relationship rests on shared commitment to ideas, to issues, to values, to goals, and to management process. Words such as love, warmth, personal chemistry, are certainly pertinent. Covenantal relationships . . . fill deep needs and they enable work to have meaning and to be fulfilling.

Max De Pree, Leadership is an Art

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 De Pree, Leadership is an Art

Operating from a base of fixed principles

Jesus knew who he was and why he was here on this planet. That meant he could lead from strength rather than from uncertainty or weakness.

Jesus operated from a base of fixed principles or truths rather than making up the rules as he went along. Thus, his leadership style was not only correct, but also constant. So many secular leaders today are like chameleons; they change their hues and views to fit the situation—which only tends to confuse associates and followers who cannot be certain what course is being pursued. Those who cling to power at the expense of principle often end up doing almost anything to perpetuate their power.

Spencer W. Kimball, “Jesus: The Perfect Leader,” Ensign, August 1979

Booker T. Washington quotes

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”

“Most leaders spend time trying to get others to think highly of them, when instead they should try to get their people to think more highly of themselves. It’s wonderful when the people believe in their leader. It’s more wonderful when the leader believes in their people! You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life… as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

Booker T. Washington (American educator and reformer, first developer of Tuskegee Normal, 1856-1915)