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Leadership Quotes

"Leadership is influence." John C. Maxwell


"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

"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

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

"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

"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 Covey

"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

"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 getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve."
Tom Landry

"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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

"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 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

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

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

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

"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

"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

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

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

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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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


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