Dolly Singh (the former Head of Talent Acquisition at SpaceX) on Elon Musk rallying the troops after a problematic launch:
I think most of us would have followed him into the gates of hell carrying suntan oil after that. It was the most impressive display of leadership that I have ever witnessed. Within moments the energy of the building went from despair and defeat to a massive buzz of determination as people began to focus on moving forward instead of looking back. This shift happened collectively, across all 300+ people in a matter of not more than 5 seconds. I wish I had video footage as I would love to analyze the shifts in body language that occurred over those 5 seconds. It was an unbelievably powerful experience.
Musk gets a lot of credit for being a visionary (and rightfully so, of course), but his leadership in getting incredible people to do incredible things may end up being just as important a trait.