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Leadership quotes that can serve as an introduction to a discussion with your company's management team on how to improve leadership and employee engagement.

Leadership quotes that can serve as an introduction to a discussion with your company's management team on how to improve leadership and employee engagement.

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  • 1. You have no right to manage others if you are not passionate about what you do. Bill Quiseng
  • 2. 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
  • 3. It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. Nelson Mandela
  • 4. I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people . Mahatma Gandhi
  • 5.
    • Set and demand
    • standards of excellence.
    • Anybody who accepts mediocrity
    • in school, in job, in life –
    • is a guy who compromises.
    • And when the leader compromises,
    • the whole damn organization compromises.
    • Charles Knight Emerson
  • 6. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker
  • 7. I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership. Lee Iacocca
  • 8. Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. George S. Patton
  • 9. Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future. Edwin H. Friedman
  • 10. If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people. Chinese proverb
  • 11. 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
  • 12. Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts. John Gardner
  • 13. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. Warren G. Bennis, President University of Southern California
  • 14. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. Steve Jobs
  • 15. If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Antoine de Saint-Exuperv
  • 16. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. Kenneth Blanchard
  • 17. An outstanding leader clearly articulates the goals and objectives and makes sure every member of the organization understands the role he or she plays in achieving these goals. Jack Bingleman, President, Staples
  • 18.
    • Leadership is not a 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
  • 19. Customer satisfaction starts with employee satisfaction . Charlie P. Crockett Sales Director, 3M
  • 20. 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
  • 21. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams
  • 22. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John Maxwell
  • 23. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theodore Roosevelt
  • 24. 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. Theodore Hesburgh, President Norte Dame University
  • 25. 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
  • 26. Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. Colin Powell
  • 27. The job of leadership today is not just to make money. It’s to make meaning. John Seely Brown Director, XEROX Parc
  • 28. Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton
  • 29. You can take great people, highly trained and motivated, and put them in a lousy system and the system will win all the time. Geary Rummier, President The Rummier-Bache Group
  • 30. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, "We did it ourselves.” Lao Tzu
  • 31. Your #1 source for practical tips, insight and inspiration to improve your personal delivery of customer service: billquisengdotcom billquiseng