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Quotes by some leaders.

Quotes by some leaders.

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  • 1. Leadership
  • 2. When nothing is sure,everything is possible. ~Margaret Drabble
  • 3. In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock. ~T. Jefferson
  • 4. And when we think welead, we are most led. ~Lord Byron
  • 5. The only real training forleadership is leadership. ~Antony Jay
  • 6. The task of the leader is toget his people from where they are to where they have not been. ~Henry Kissinger
  • 7. People are more easily led than driven. ~David Harold Fink
  • 8. Leadership should be born out of the understandingof the needs of those who would be affected by it. ~Marian Anderson
  • 9. It is followers who definethe leader. Without them, success is up to chance. ~Thomas Kohntopp
  • 10. The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talkthe language of the visionary and the idealist. ~Eric Hoffer
  • 11. Do not follow where thepath may lead. Go insteadwhere there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 12. The very essence of leadership is its purpose. And the purpose of leadership is to accomplish a task. That is what leadership does–andwhat it does is more important than what it is or how it works. ~Colonel Dandridge M. Malone
  • 13. Nearly all men can standadversity, but if you wantto test a man’s character, give him power. ~Abraham Lincoln
  • 14. Where there is no vision, the people perish. ~Proverbs 29:18
  • 15. Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people.Inventories can be managed but people must be lead. ~Ross Perot
  • 16. Leadership is understanding people andinvolving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics, like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure. ~Admiral Arleigh A. Burke
  • 17. Never mistake knowledgefor wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ~Sandra Carey
  • 18. In calm waters manycaptains are able. It is in a tempest when true leadership emerges. ~Thomas Kohntopp
  • 19. Good plans shape gooddecisions. That’s why good planning helps to makeelusive dreams come true. ~Lester R. Bittel
  • 20. I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphonyorchestra. But I don’t think that’squite it; it’s more like jazz. There is more improvisation. ~Warren Bennis
  • 21. A new leader has to be able tochange an organization that is dreamless, soulless andvisionless … someone’s got to make a wake up call. ~Warren Bennis
  • 22. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.The last is to say thank you. ~Max DePree
  • 23. People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. . . The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. Theleader leads, and the boss drives. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  • 24. The real leader has no need to lead – he iscontent to point the way. ~Henry Miller
  • 25. All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocallythe major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. ~John Kenneth Galbraith
  • 26. The best example ofleadership is leadership by example. ~Jerry McClain
  • 27. Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing. ~Mary D. Poole
  • 28. The quality of a leader isreflected in the standards they set for themselves. ~Ray Kroc
  • 29. To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone. ~Harry Truman
  • 30. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams
  • 31. The final test of a leader isthat he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on. ~Walter Lippman
  • 32. Knowing one’s followers is essential to becoming an exceptional leader. ~Thomas Kohntopp
  • 33. Example is not the mainthing in influencing others, it is the only thing. ~Albert Schweitzer
  • 34. Leadership: The art ofgetting someone else to dosomething you want donebecause he wants to do it. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 35. Do not follow where thepath may lead. Go insteadwhere there is no path and leave a trail. ~Harold R. McAlindon
  • 36. Management is efficiency inclimbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. ~Stephen R. Covey
  • 37. A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations forwhat they can become andto release their energies so they will try to get there. ~David R. Gergen
  • 38. Leadership is action, not position. ~Donald H. McGannon
  • 39. He that cannot obey cannot command. ~Benjamin Franklin
  • 40. Leadership and learning areindispensable to each other. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • 41. Debate is common about which leadership style ismost effective. The answer,of course, . . . it all depends. ~Thomas Kohntopp
  • 42. The led must not becompelled; they must be able to choose their own leader. ~Albert Einstein
  • 43. Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. ~Harold S. Geneen
  • 44. Leaders must be closeenough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. ~John Maxwell
  • 45. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams
  • 46. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. ~Warren Bennis
  • 47. The very essence ofleadership is that you have to have a vision. ~Theodore Hesburgh
  • 48. A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people wherethey don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. ~Rosalynn Carter
  • 49. Leaders are more powerfulrole models when they learn than when they teach. ~Rosabeth Moss Kantor
  • 50. Good leaders must firstbecome good servants. ~Robert Greenleaf
  • 51. Humans are ambitious and rational and proud. And we don’t fall in line with people who don’t respect us and who we don’t believe have our best interests atheart. We are willing to follow leaders, butonly to the extent that we believe they call on our best, not our worst. ~Rachel Maddow
  • 52. I suppose leadership atone time meant muscles;but today it means getting along with people. ~Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • 53. The key to successful leadership today isinfluence, not authority. ~Kenneth Blanchard
  • 54. Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift peopleout of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts. ~John Gardner
  • 55. Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself toothers in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future. ~Edwin H. Friedman
  • 56. 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
  • 57. A leader is a dealer in hope. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 58. Management is doingthings right; leadership is doing the right things. ~Peter F. Drucker
  • 59. A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, ofgetting along with people, of getting things done. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 60. Innovation distinguishesbetween a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs
  • 61. Compiled By Thomas Kohntopp, Ph.D. Visitwww.Leadership.Tennessee.edu