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Part I Leadership Quotes


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    • Understand the power of our smallest actions:Amidst uncertainty, when people are grasping at straws in an effort to understand the topsy-turvy world about them, their symbolic significance is monumental.
  • -Tom Peters,Thriving in Chaos


  • In simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up, and goes.
  • -John Erksine,The Complete Life


  • The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, 'Go!' - a leader says, 'Let's go!
  • -E. M. Kelly,Growing Disciples , 1995


  • Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right thing.
  • - Warren Bennis,Leaders


  • Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.
  • -Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf


  • Example is Leadership.
  • -Albert Schweitzer


  • The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.
  • -Fred A. Manske, Jr


  • 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


  • Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens, people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.
  • -Warren Bennis


  • The great leaders are like the best conductors - they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
  • -Blaine Lee,The Power Principle


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


  • You cant talk about leadership without talking about responsibility and accountabilityyou cant separate the two.A leader must delegate responsibility and provide the freedom to make decisions, and then be held accountable for the results.
  • - Buck Rodgers


  • You dont have to hold a position to be a leader.
  • Anthony DAngelo,
  • The College Blue Book


  • When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.
  • - Lao Tse


  • The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him people of conviction who will carry on.
  • - Walter J. Lippmann


  • Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them--this is of the essence of leadership.
  • -Theodore H. White,The Making ofthe President , 1960


  • A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term.
  • -Robert Reich


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


  • Very few of the great leaders ever get through their careers without failing, sometimes dramatically.
  • -Philip Crosby,Reflections on Quality


  • Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
  • -Harold Geneen, Founder, MCI Communications


  • The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
  • - Ray Kroc, Founder, McDonalds


  • At the core of becoming a leader is the need always to connect ones voice and ones touch.
  • -Max DePree,Leadership Jazz


  • Effective leaders have a clear vision and are able to communicate that vision to the members of the team.They develop a sense of urgency about the teams work, involve team members in goal setting and decision making, and foster a climate of openness.People want to work for themthey have charisma!
  • -Glenn M. Parker,Cross Functional Teams


  • What creates trust, in the end, is the leaders manifest respect for the followers.
  • -Jim OToole,Leading Change


  • I set as the goal the maximum capacity that people have--I settle for no less.I make myself a relentless architect of the possibilities of human beings.
  • - Benjamin Zander, Conductor, Boston Philharmonic


  • If you really want to be a successful leader, you must develop other leaders around you.You must establish a team of leaders!
  • -John C. Maxwell,Developing the Leaders Around You


  • I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.
  • -Lee Iacocca


  • A leader takes people where they want to go.A great leader takes people where they dont necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
  • -Rosalynn Carter


  • Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry, human enough to make mistakes, humble enough to admit them, strong enough to absorb the pain, and resilient enough to bounce back and keep on moving.
  • -Jesse Jackson


  • The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.
  • - Gail Sheehy


  • You dont lead by pointing and telling people some place to go.You lead by going to that place and making a case.
  • -Ken Kesey


  • Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
  • - John Maxwell


  • Leaders are made, they are not born.They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
  • -Vince Lombardi


  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
  • - John Quincy Adams


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


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


  • Great necessities call forth great leaders.
  • - Abigail Adams


  • I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscle; but today it means getting along with people.
  • -Indira Gandhi


  • The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.
  • -Marian Anderson


  • Whoever is providing leadership needs to be as fresh and thoughtful and reflective as possible to make the very best fight.
  • - Faye Wattleton


  • When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed.
  • - Margaret J. Wheatley


  • Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.
  • - Rosabeth Moss Kantor


  • The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, 'Go!' - a leader says, 'Let's go!
  • -E. M. Kelly,Growing Disciples , 1995


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