Quotes for Leadership

"Our policy is simple: We are not going to betray our friends, reward the enemies of freedom, or permit fear and retreat to become American policies, especially in this hemisphere. None of the wars in my lifetime came about because we were too strong."
––Ronald Reagan

"A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better."
Jim Rohn

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“You will never be a leader unless you first learn to follow and be led.”

Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership.Always keep your word.
Jim Rohn

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"The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says "I"; The leader says "WE". The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, "GO"; the leader says "LET'S GO!" H. Gordon Selfridge

"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal." Vince Lombardi
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"I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a "transformer" in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader." Stephen R. Covey
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"A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group." Russell H. Ewing

"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency." Arnold Glasow

"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives." Theodore Roosevelt,

"A leader is best When people barely know he exists, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will say: We did it ourselves." Lao-Tzu

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." Rosalynn Carter

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Muriel Strode

"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

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"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Theodore Roosevelt

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." James Crook Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.
Brian Tracy

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"Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve." Toma Landry

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish." Sam Walton

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." Douglas McCarther

"You manage things; you lead people." Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

"If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!" Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men." Lao-Tzu

"It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved." Thomas Wolfe

"An army of deer would be more formidable commanded by a lion, than an army of lions commanded by a stag." Viking Proverb

"It's not always easy to do the right thing. But, doing the right thing makes you strong, it builds character, it forces you to make decisions based upon your beliefs and not what other people think. In life, and in business, you have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone. But, what makes you a leader is having the courage of your convictions."Queen Latifah

"Entrepreneurs are the forgotten heroes of America." Ronald Reagan

"Eagles don't flock - you have to find them one at a time." H. Ross Perot

"My responsibility, our responsibility as lucky Americans, is to try to give back to this country as much as it has given us, as we continue our American journey together." Colin Powell

"Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow."
Chinese Proverb

"The marksman hitteth the target partly by pulling, partly by letting go. The boatsman reached the landing partly by pulling, partly by letting go."
Egyptian Proverb

"The man whose authority is recent is always stern."

Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily;even if you had no title or position.
Brian Tracy

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"The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it."
Elaine Agather

"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it."
Marian Anderson

"Asked what his secret was for lasting so long and being so successful as the president of Yale University, Dr. James R. Angell explained: "Grow antennae, not horns."
Dr. James Rowland Angell

"A most important key to successful leadership is your ability to direct and challenge the very best that is in those whom you lead."

"Success for leadership is . . . knowing the great art of directing others without their noticing it."

"He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander."

"Remember that to change your mind and follow him who sets you right is to be none the less free than you were before."
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

"It’s great to work with somebody who wants to do things differently."
Keith Bellow

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
Warren G. Bennis

" . . . power is the basic energy needed to initiate and sustain action or, to put it another way, the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it. Leadership is the wise use of this power: Transformative leadership."
Warren G. Bennis

"The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born."
Warren G. Bennis

"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority."
Kenneth Blanchard

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it."
Andrew Carnegie

"In handling men, there are three feelings that a man must not possess — fear, dislike and contempt. If he is afraid of men he cannot handle them. Neither can he influence them in his favor if he dislikes or scorns them. He must neither cringe nor sneer. He must have both self-respect and respect for others."
Herbert N. Casson

"There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage."
Chan Master Fuchan Yuan

"I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod."
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

"The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground."
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

"There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hope soon to be swept away."
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

"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 high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations."
Peter F. Drucker

"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 DuPree

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
General Dwight David Eisenhower

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that's assault, not leadership."
General David Dwight Eisenhower

"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The common characteristics of people make a community possible, but it is their uncommon qualities that make it better."
John H. Fischer

"Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned."
Harold S. Green

"The human mind is as driven to understand as the body is driven to survive."
Hugh Gilmore

"A salesman, like the storage battery in your car, is constantly discharging energy. Unless he is recharged at frequent intervals he soon runs dry. This is one of the greatest responsibilities of sales leadership."
R. H. Grant

"What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary."
Richard Harkness

"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."
Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh

"The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist."
Eric Hoffer

"Respect a man, he will do the more."
James Howell

Leaders think and talk about the solutions.Followers think and talk about the problems.
Brian Tracy

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"Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together."
Jesse Jackson

"The only real training for leadership is leadership."
Anthony Jay

"No two men can be half an hour together, but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other."
Dr. Samuel Johnson

"You can send a message around the world in one-fifth of a second, yet it may take years for it to get from the outside of a man's head to the inside."
Charles Franklin Kettering

"Lift, Lead and Love."Spencer W. Kimball

" A leader is best
When people barely know he exists.
Not so good
When people obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they despise him.
But of a good leader
Who talks little
When his work is done,
His aim fulfilled, They will say "We did it ourselves."
Lao Tse

"Rule a kingdom as though you were cooking a small fish — don't overdo it."
Lao Tse

"There are no dumb questions—only dumb answers."
Marshall Loeb

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."
Max Lucado

"To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less."
Andre Malraux

"Leadership is influence."
John C. Maxwell

"Leadership is an action, not a position."
Donald H. McGannon

"A leader is a dealer in hope."
Napolean I

"Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence."
Michael O'Brien

"The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run ever faster if encouraged."
Publius Ovidius Naso Ovid

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
General George Smith Patton, Jr.

"One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you."
Dennis A. Peer

"No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself."
William Penn

Respect is the key determinant of high performance leadership.How much people respect you determines how well they perform.
Brian Tracy

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"The same ambition can destroy or save,
And makes a patriot as it makes a knave."
Alexander Pope

"Leadership is the ability of a single individual through his or her actions to motivate others to higher levels of achievement."
F. G. “Buck” Rodgers

"Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average. "
Jim Rohn

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"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives."
Theodore Roosevelt

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."
Theodore Roosevelt

"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy."
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

"To lead in the 21st century-to take soldiers, sailors, and airmen into battle, you will be required to have both character and competence."
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

"He who reads is never alone."
Helder Simone

"Learn to obey before you command."

"I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep."
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand--Périgord

"Certainly a leader needs a clear vision of the organization and where it is going, but a vision is of little value unless it is shared in a way so as to generate enthusiasm and commitment. Leadership and communication are inseparable."
Claude I. Taylor

"Consensus is the negation of leadership."
Margaret Thatcher

"It is much safer to obey, than to govern."
Thomas á Kempis

"A President either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a single moment."
Harry S. Truman

"Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."
Harry S. Truman

"Education is the mother of leadership."
Wendell Lewis Wilkie

The three "C's"of leadership are Consideration,Caring,and Courtesy.Be polite to everyone.
Brian Tracy

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"Every man who takes office . . . either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing."
Thomas Woodrow Wilson