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  1. “He who wishes to be obeyed must first know how to command” – Niccolo Machiavelli
  2. “No man is a leader until his appointment is ratified in the minds and hearts of his men” – The Infantry Journal, 1954
  3. “The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such” – Andre Maurois
  4. “Rank is an appointed position. Authority is an earned condition. Rank is decreed from above. Authority is conferred from below. Authority vanishes the moment those who bestowed it stop believing, and trusting the appointed boss” – Ted Levitt
  5. “A leader must believe in teamwork through participation. He can never close the gap between himself and the group. He must walk as it were, a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.” – Vince Lombardi

You may have been given a title by the organization, but ultimately it is the people who will determine if you are a leader. If the time comes that you no longer command their respect, your usefulness comes to an end and your authority to lead is gone.