Great Leadership Quotes Part 8

The best leaders operate in four dimensions: vision, reality, ethics, and courage. Peter Koestenbaum

Leadership is not a right of passage, or at least it shouldn’t be. Leadership is a state of mind. A philosophy. An attitude. Understanding this, you can recognize and develop the key traits that will enhance and improve your personal capacity for leadership. – Andrew Wood {Author of The Millionaires Library}

Leadership isn’t rule-based. It isn’t about stress. It’s about inspiration, about setting and communicating a vision. It’s about gaining trust. Once you have someone’s trust, once you get them on the same sheet of music, they don’t want to disappoint you. Then leading becomes very easy. Christina “CJ” Juhasz

Leadership is about creating a world to which people want to belong. The quote is by Gilles Pajou and is from the book Visionary Leadership Skills by Robert Dilts.

The art of communication is the language of leadership. James Humes

The chief executive who knows his strengths and weaknesses as a leader is likely to be far more effective than the one who remains blind to them. He also is on the road to humility — that priceless attitude of openness to life that can help a manager absorb mistakes, failures, or personal shortcomings. John Adair

Delegating work works, providing the one delegating works too. Robert Half

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power. Henry George

Leadership is all about people. It is not about organizations. It is not about plans. It is not about strategies. It is all about people–motivating people to get the job done. You have to be people-centered. Colin Powell

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination. Tommy Lasorda

Even the lion must put up with flies. Anonymous

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. William Arthur Ward

Too many shepherds don’t smell like sheep anymore. Larry Huch

It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Anthony Robbins

Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great. Kenny Rogers

Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch, and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.” Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too. — Sam Rayburn

It is not enough to know how to ride. You must also know how to fall. — Mexican Proverb

At the moment people are saying, as if they’re bewildered, ‘Why haven’t we got any great leaders? Why haven’t we got another Churchill? Why haven’t we got another Roosevelt or somebody to show us the way?’ Well, it’s simply because nature is telling us it’s projection. The age of leaders has come and gone. Every person must be his or her own leader now. You must remove your projection, and contain the spirit of our time in your own life and your own nature, because to go the old way and follow your leader is a form of psychological imprisonment. We want to be emancipated from that age, and the answer is to profoundly reappraise your systems of government and everything else. Sir Laurens van der Post in an interview by Michael Toms, IONS, Noetic Sciences Review. This interview was conducted in 1994.

 

 

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“Mustering the courage to interrogate reality is a central function of a leader. And that requires the courage to face three realities at once. First, what values do we stand for — and are there gaps between those values and how we actually behave? Second, what are the skills and talents of our company — and are there gaps between those resources and what the market demands?

 

Third, what opportunities does the future hold — and are there gaps between those opportunities and our ability to capitalize on them?

 

“Now, don’t get the wrong idea. Leaders don’t answer those questions themselves. That’s the old definition of leadership: The leader has the answers — the vision — and everything else is a sales job to persuade people to sign up for it. Leaders certainly provide direction. But that often means posing well-structured questions, rather than offering definitive answers. Imagine the differences in behavior between leaders who operate with the idea that ‘leadership means influencing the organization to follow the leader’s vision’ and those who operate with the idea that ‘leadership means influencing the organization to face its problems and to live into its opportunities.’ That second idea — mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges — is what defines the new job of the leader.”

 

–William C. Taylor

 

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“The notion of the CEO as heroic leader is one that you’ve heard so often that you’ve probably come to believe it: The CEO is the company, a heroic leader who single-handedly steers the business to success…The problem with the notion of heroic leadership, of course, is not just that it’s preposterous on the face of it. It is also corrosive to the connection that needs to exist between a real leader and the people who make the company work. Real leadership is connected, involved, and engaged. It’s often more quiet than heroic. Real leadership is about teamwork, about taking a long-term view, about building an organization slowly, carefully, and collectively.”

 

-Robert Simons, Henry Mintzberg and Kunal Basu, “Memo to: CEOs,” Fast Company, June 2002

 

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There are many leaders, not just one. Leadership is distributed. It resides not solely in the individual at the top, but in every person at every level who, in one way or another, acts as a leader to a group of followers – wherever in the organization that person is, whether shop steward, team head, or CEO.”

 

— Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, 2002

 

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Lord Swraj Paul, Chairman of the Board and founder of the Caparo Group and Member of Great Britain’s House of Lords:

 

“It’s not a question of management style. Every leader will have and exercise his own management style, but every leader must believe that everyone working with him is part of his success, not just him. The moment a leader starts thinking that he succeeded and not everyone in his organization, then he stops being a leader in my opinion.”

 

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“I often say that leadership is deeply personal and inherently collective. That’s a paradox that effective leaders have to embrace.” — Peter Senge,  Shambhala Sun, January 2001

 

“Leadership is not a right of passage, or at least it shouldn’t be. Leadership is a state of mind. A philosophy. An attitude. Understanding this, you can recognize and develop the key traits that will enhance and improve your personal capacity for leadership.” — Andrew Wood {Author of The Millionaires Library}

 

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.”—  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” — John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-):

 

Dwight Eisenhower said “In order to be a leader a man must have followers. And to have followers, a man must have their confidence. Hence, the supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. If a man’s associates find him guilty of being phony, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other. The first great need therefore is integrity and higher purpose.”

 

Leadership is the art of creating a working climate that inspires others to achieve extraordinary goals and levels of performance. — General John Michael Loh, U.S. Air Force

“Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.”

“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” — Woodrow Wilson twenty-eighth American president

The authors of the Leadership Challenge, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, offer insights on leadership that pertain to the subject of mentoring: “Leaders are pioneers. They are people who venture into unexplored territory. They guide us to new and often unfamiliar destinations … The unique reason for having leaders — their differentiating function — is to move us forward. Leaders get us going someplace.”

“A leader discovers the hidden chasm between where things are and where things would better be, and strings up a makeshift bridge to attempt the crossing. From the other side he guides those who dare cross his rickety traverse until the engineers can build a sturdier span for all.” — Mel Ziegler, founder of Banana Republic

“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and sees before others do.” — Leroy Eims in The Leader You Were Meant to Be.

“One of the tests of leadership is to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” — American humorist Arnold. H. Glascow

“The function of a leader is to produce more leaders not more followers.” — Ralph Nader

“We need leaders who empower people and create other leaders. It is no longer good enough for a manager to make sure that everybody has something to do and is producing. Today, all employees must “buy in” and take ownership of everything they’re doing. To foster this, it’s important that employees should make decisions that most affect them.” — Farzin Madjidi, program liaison for the city of Los Angeles.

“Let him who would move the world, first move himself.” —  Socrates

Leadership isn’t about simply being in charge and treating your people like soldiers and barking orders. Leadership is sharing your knowledge and your direction so that others grow and reach their potential.” —Cal Ripken

“Leadership is about preparation. It means actually inventing a whole new experience and then communicating it to the people you work with.” — Roger Nierenberg

“I sometimes think the key to leadership is having people willing to follow you, if only out of curiosity to see what’s going to happen.” — Marc Andreesen

More power than all the success slogans ever penned by human hand is the realization for every man that he has but one boss. That boss is the man — he — himself. — Gabriel Heatter

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. — Latin Proverb

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. — John Welch

If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them. — Harvey Mackay

Leadership is not a right – it’s a responsibility. — John Maxwell

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. — Jim Rohn

Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led. — Warren G. Bennis

Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself. — Thomas J. Watson

The leader acts as though everyone is watching even when no one is watching. — Brian Tracy

The leader is a teacher who succeeds without taking credit. And, because credit is not taken, credit is received. — Lao Tzu, 6th Century BC

Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crews. — Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

You can only lead others where you yourself are willing to go. — Lachlan McLean

Our way of managing and leading, rewarding and judging people is totally out of tune with the fact that we are all individuals. adapted from Howard Gartner

We trained hard – but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization. — Petronius Arbiter, 210 BC. Or Petronius Satyricon, First Century AD

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.” —  Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years, grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow men.” Chinese Proverb

What makes great leaders great? It is their ability to inspire the people around them? Their ability to focus on a vision of the future and to communicate it widely? Their ability to sift through a myriad of details to find the most important relevant facts? Their ability to make excellent decisions under tremendous pressure? Great leaders do all of these things. But even more importantly, great leaders come up with great quotes.

“I’ve never seen a great military, political, or corporate leader who was not a great storyteller. Telling stories is a core competency in business, although it’s one that we don’t pay enough attention to.” — Brian Ferren

“You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message. What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make *heroes* out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.” — Anita Roddick CEO, The Body Shop

Circumstances always modify rules.” – Dr. Ralph C. Smedley

“People more willingly follow a leader who knows where he is going.” – Dr. Ralph C. Smedley

The first basic ingredient of leadership is a guiding vision. The leader has a clear idea of what he wants to do — professionally and personally — and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures. — Warren Bennis, American Psychologist, Management Educator, and Consultant

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” Jim Rohn

“The only person who I can truly manage is myself. If I manage myself well, then those around me will do just fine.” – Ron Short

“If we face recession, we should not lay off employees; the company should sacrifice a profit. It’s management’s risk and management’s responsibility. Employees are not guilty; why should they suffer?” — Akio Morita

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”— George Patton

Go to the people, learn from them, love them. Start with what they know, build on what they have. But the best of leaders, when their task is accomplished, when their work is done, the people will remark: “We have done it ourselves.” 2,000 Year Old Chinese Poem

“Listen while you can, so that you can lead when you must.” — Tom Peters

“The reason leaders must mediate values is that corporations have reached such levels of complexity that ‘giving orders’ rarely works anymore. What increasingly happens is that leaders ‘manage culture’ by fine-tuning values and dilemmas, and then that culture runs the organization. The leader defines excellence and develops an appropriate culture, and then the culture does the excelling.” Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century

“Leaders who fail to lift others in the long run, fail to lift themselves.” — John Maxwell

People have a “seed to success” within them. Most never find it and therefore fail to reach their potential. Occasionally, a leader discovers it and helps that individual develop it. For both, they now can fulfill the purpose for which they are born.” — John Maxwell

“We need leaders who empower people and create other leaders. It is no longer good enough for a leader to make sure that everybody has something to do and is producing.” — Farzin Madjidi

“You can’t take people where you haven’t been.” — Larry Huch

“If I expect great things from my people, they’ll go to great lengths to keep from disappointing me.” — John Maxwell

“Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.” — Goethe

“Leaders and followers are both following the invisible leader – the common purpose. While leadership depends on depth of conviction and the power coming there from, there must also be the ability to share that conviction with others, the ability to make purpose articulate. And then that common purpose becomes the leader. And I believe that we are coming more and more to act, whatever our theories, on our faith in the power of this invisible leader. Loyalty to the invisible leader gives us the strongest possible bond of union.” — Mary Parker Follett, 1941

“Asking ‘Who ought to be the boss?’ is like asking ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.”— Henry Ford

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — General Colin Powell

“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 Truman

“The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers…Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.”— Gary Wills

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

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” — Henry David ThoreauIf you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread wings — and put compensation as a carrier behind it — you almost don’t have to manage them.” — Jack Welch

“The transitional concept of management is reaching the end of the road.” — Michael Hammer

“To have a Welch-caliber C.E.O. is impressive.To have a century of Welch-Caliber C.E.O.’s all grown from the inside — well, that is one key reason why G.E. is a visionary company.— James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras

“The best soldier does not attack. The superior fighter succeeds without violence. The greatest conqueror wins without a struggle. The most successful manager leads without dictating. This is called intelligent non-aggressiveness. This is called the mastery of men.” –Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King

“A father has to do everything in his power to keep a tight ship, even though he knows the crew would like to send him away in a dinghy.” —Bill Cosby

“When I lay down the reins of this administration, I want to have one friend left. And that friend is myself.”—  Abraham Lincoln

“When you do the things you have to do when you have to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.” Zig Zigler

“You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.” John Knox clergyman, 400 years ago

“When people are made to feel secure and important and appreciated, it will no longer be necessary for them to whittle down others in order to seem bigger in comparison.” Virginia Arcastle

“Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important . . .They do not mean to do harm . . . They are absorbed in the endless struggle to thin well of themselves.” Poet T.S. Eliot

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

“We must learn to help those who deserve it, not just those who need it. Life responds to deserve not need.”

“My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it’, not ‘You go do it’. How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!’”

“Good people are found not changed. Recently I read a headline that said, “We don’t teach people to be nice. We simply hire nice people.” Wow! What a clever short cut.”

“Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.”

“Learn to help people with more than just their jobs: help them with their lives.”

The proper question is not, ‘How can people motivate others?’ but rather, ‘How can people create the conditions within which others will motivate themselves?’ Edward Deci

It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Chinese Proverb

I daily examine myself on three points: In planning for others, have I failed in conscientiousness? In intercourse with friends, have I been insincere? And have I failed to practice what I have been taught? Confucius

Instead of always harping on a man’s faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his real self that can dare and do and win out. Eleanor H. Porter

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Anon

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly. Robert Schuller

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. Walt Disney

We find comfort among those who agree with us–growth among those who don’t. Frank A. Clark

People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

I had rather do and not promise, than promise and not do. Arthur Warwick

Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty. John Huston Finley

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. Henry David Thoreau

Always listen to the experts. They will tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it. Robert A. Heinlein

You are remembered for the rules you break. Douglas MacArthur

Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power; knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom. – Lao Tsu

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. Father James Keller (1900-1977), founder, The Christophers

A great difference between winners and losers is their attitude to what they need to know. Losers feel it’s someone else’s job to teach them everything they need to know. Winners are determined to learn, and will seek out the best possible training, if necessary, completely on their own. John Lawhon

A painting is never finished; it simply stops in interesting places. Paul Gardner

Align people’s passions with their priorities and you’ll achieve performance. Steve Brown

All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for your self. It’s what you do for others. Danny Thomas

Before you attempt to set things right, make sure you see things right. Blaine Lee

Boldness becomes rarer the higher the rank. Karl von Clausewitz

Corruption and dishonesty seem to occur when the leader loses sight of the fact that he or she has been given power for one purpose — to serve others. Anonymous

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry. Winston Churchill

Do your work. Not just your work, do a little more, but that little is worth more than all the rest. And if you suffer, as you must, and if you doubt, as you must, do your work. Put your heart into it, and the sky will clear. Then out of your doubt and suffering will be born the supreme joy of life. Dean Briggs

Each relationship you have with another person reflects the relationship you have with yourself. Alice Deville

Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma Gandhi

He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I always remember an epitaph in the cemetery at Tombstone, AZ. It says: Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest. I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have – when he gives everything that is in him to the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do. Harry S. Truman

I divide the world into believers and infidels. What the infidels don’t understand – and they far outnumber the believers – is that innovative practices combined with true empowerment produce phenomenal results. Commandar D. Michael Abrashoff, USS Benfold

Improving yourself is a lot more profitable than trying to improve others. Dale Carnegie

Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind. Buddha

Leadership flows from the minds of followers more than from the titles of leaders, more from the perception of willing followers than from anointment. Lane Secretan

Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crews. Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible. Colin Powell

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. Alexander Hamilton

No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal. Marilyn Ferguson

Our way of managing and leading, rewarding and judging people is totally out of tune with the fact that we are all individuals. adapted from Howard Gartner

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have discovered than by those which have come from the mind of others. Pascal

People cannot be managed. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led. H. Ross Perot

Problems are nothing but wake-up calls for creativity. Gerhard Gschwandtner

Success can only be measured in terms of distance traveled. Mavis Galiant

Success is looking back five years and being embarrassed about the person you were then. Christie Mason

Success is not a harbor; but a voyage with its own perils to the spirit. The game of life is to come up a winner, to be a success, or to achieve what we set out to do. The lesson that most of us on this voyage never learn, but can never quite forget, is that to win is sometimes to lose. Richard M. Nixon

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting in an above-average effort. Colin Powell.

The leader is a teacher who succeeds without taking credit. And, because credit is not taken, credit is received. Lao Tzu, 6th Century BC

The most important thing that a commander can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew. Commander D. Michael Abrashoff, USS Benfold

The people who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. Lloyd Jones

The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization. Fred Fiedler

The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

The wealthy man is the man who is much, not the one who has much. Karl Marx

There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order. This luke-warmness arises partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the law in their favor; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it. Machiavelli The Prince

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. Norman Vincent Peale

Think you can or think you can’t, either way you will be right. Henry Ford

Those who achieve success are those who take a dream and make it come true.

Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can be and should be, and he will become as he can and should be. Goethe

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. Goethe

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. Anais Nin

We must become what we wish to teach. Nathaniel Branden

We tend to judge others by their behaviors and ourselves by our intentions. Stephen Covey

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

With vision only, you get no follow-through. With enforcers only, the vision is realized but leaves a lot of wreckage. Colin Powell

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them. Malcolm Forbes

You can only lead others where you yourself are willing to go. Lachlan McLean

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz

You cannot be a leader and ask others to follow you, unless you know how to follow too.

You can’t sweep other people off their feet if you can’t be swept off your own. Clarence Day

“Leadership is often confused with other things, specifically management. But management requires an entirely different set of skills. As I see it, leadership revolves around vision, ideas, direction, and has more to do with inspiring people as to direction and goals than with day-to-day implementation… One can’t lead unless he can leverage more than his own capabilities…” — John Sculley in Warren Bennis’ “On Becoming A Leaders”

“…managers and leaders are different. They differ in what they attend to and in how they think, work, and interact. Above all, managers and leaders have different personalities and experience different developmental paths from childhood to adulthood…leaders grow through mastering painful conflict during their developmental years, while managers confront few of the experiences that generally cause people to turn inward. Managers perceive life as steady progression of positive events, resulting in security at home, in school, in the community, and at work. Leaders are ‘twice born’ individuals who endure major events that lead to a sense of separateness, or perhaps estrangement, from their environments. As a results, they turn inward in order to reemerge with a created rather than an inherited sense of identity.

That sense of separateness may be a necessary condition for the ability to lead.” “The Managerial Mystique, Restoring Leadership in Business” by Dr. Abraham Zaleznik, 1989.

“Leadership is the art of seeing the invisible… then touching it.” — Doug Firebaugh

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” — John C. Maxwell

“Superior leaders are willing to admit a mistake and cut their losses. Be willing to admit that you’ve changed your mind. Don’t persist when the original decision turns out to be a poor one.” — Brian Tracy

“Real leaders like Lee Iacocca see vast possibilities and sell their dreams to their companies, their employees, their funding sources, their government and their buying public.” — Mark Victor Hansen

“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

“Action orientation is the mark of the superior executive.” — Brian Tracy

“Here is the very heart and soul of the matter of leadership: If you seek to lead, invest 50% of your time (attention) leading yourself-your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers – Use the remainder to induce those you “work for” to understand and practice the theory – If you don’t understand that you should be working for your mislabeled “subordinates,” then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny – Lead yourself, lead your superiors, lead your peers, and free your people to do the same. All else is trivial.” – Dee Hock, founder and CEO Emeritus Visa International

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”–John Wooden”

“It takes leaders to grow other leaders.”–Ray Blunt

“Change from the top down happens at the will and whim of those below.”–Peter Block

“There are no bad regiments, there are only bad officers.”–Field Marshall Lord Slim

“The most important thing about a commander is his effect on morale.”–Field Marshall Viscount Slim

“In the face of leadership flaws, too many people assume cynical perspectives, rather than do the hard work of building relationships in which they can have more positive influence.” –Ira Chaleff

“If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.”–Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

“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

People don’t care how much you know–until they know how much you care. John C. Maxwell

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” –Conrad Hilton

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.” –Henry George

Leadership is all about people. It is not about organizations. It is not about plans. It is not about strategies. It is all about people–motivating people to get the job done. You have to be people-centered. Colin Powell

Trust is the essence of leadership. Colin Powell

Optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. Andrew Jackson

 

 

“One man with courage makes a majority.” –Andrew Jackson

 

I do not seek unpopularity as a badge of honour, but sometimes it is the price for leadership and the cost of conviction — Tony Blair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

 

–John Wooden”

 

 

 

“It takes leaders to grow other leaders.”

 

–Ray Blunt

 

 

 

“Change from the top down happens at the will and whim of those below. ”

 

–Peter Block

 

 

 

“There are no bad regiments, there are only bad officers.”

 

–Field Marshall Lord Slim

 

 

 

“The most important thing about a commander is his effect on morale.”

 

–Field Marshall Viscount Slim

 

 

 

“In the face of leadership flaws, too many people assume cynical perspectives, rather than do the hard work of building relationships in which they can have more positive influence.”

 

–Ira Chaleff

 

 

 

“If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.”

 

–Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

 

 

 

“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

 

 

 

“People don’t care how much you know–until they know how much you care.”

 

–John C. Maxwell

 

 

 

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

 

–Conrad Hilton

 

 

 

Trust is the essence of leadership. Colin Powell

Optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. Andrew Jackson

One man with courage makes a majority.–Andrew Jackson

 

 

 

Great Leadership Quotes Part 7

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If I expect great things from my people, they’ll go to great lengths to keep from disappointing me. – John Maxwell

Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be. Goethe

Something will master and something will serve. Either you run the day or the day runs you; either you run the business or the business runs you. – Jim Rohn

I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character! Theodore Roosevelt

The reason leaders must mediate values is that corporations have reached such levels of complexity that ‘giving orders’ rarely works anymore. What increasingly happens is that leaders ‘manage culture’ by fine-tuning values and dilemmas, and then that culture runs the organization. The leader defines excellence and develops an appropriate culture, and then the culture does the excelling. Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century

Leaders who fail to lift others in the long run, fail to lift themselves.- John Maxwell

To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract. Jim Rohn

We need leaders who empower people and create other leaders. It is no longer good enough for a leader to make sure that everybody has something to do and is producing. Farzin Madjidi

You can’t take people where you haven’t been. Larry Huch

 

 

 

Great Leadership Quotes Part 6

 

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Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. General Colin Powell

If you don’t think you can do it, who will? You control the most important tool in success, your mind. Jeffrey Gitomer

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. Henry David Thoreau

The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers…Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.- Gary Wills

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great leadership quotes Part 5

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No matter what size the bottle, the cream always came to the top. – Charles Wilson

Leaders and followers are both following the invisible leader – the common purpose. While leadership depends on depth of conviction and the power coming there from, there must also be the ability to share that conviction with others, the ability to make purpose articulate. And then that common purpose becomes the leader. And I believe that we are coming more and more to act, whatever our theories, on our faith in the power of this invisible leader. Loyalty to the invisible leader gives us the strongest possible bond of union. -Mary Parker Follett, 1941

Learn to help people with more than just their jobs; help them with their lives. – Jim Rohn

Always do more than is required of you. – George S. Patton

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. – Jim Rohn

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get anywhere. Lee Iacocca

Asking ‘Who ought to be the boss?’ is like asking ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.”— Henry Ford

Great leadership quotes Part 4

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Leaders and followers are both following the invisible leader – the common purpose. While leadership depends on depth of conviction and the power coming there from, there must also be the ability to share that conviction with others, the ability to make purpose articulate. And then that common purpose becomes the leader. And I believe that we are coming more and more to act, whatever our theories, on our faith in the power of this invisible leader.

As human beings we need to communicate with others so that we may reveal ourselves and identify with others. This urge to communicate, the awareness of being an entity, helps us to secure real contact with the world about us and find acceptance and understanding.  Dominick A. Barbara

The first basic ingredient of leadership is a guiding vision. The leader has a clear idea of what he wants to do — professionally and personally — and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures.  Warren Bennis, American Psychologist, Management Educator, and Consultant

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet, Essayist