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  1. 1. Leadership
  2. 2. When nothing is sure,everything is possible. ~Margaret Drabble
  3. 3. In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock. ~T. Jefferson
  4. 4. And when we think welead, we are most led. ~Lord Byron
  5. 5. The only real training forleadership is leadership. ~Antony Jay
  6. 6. The task of the leader is toget his people from where they are to where they have not been. ~Henry Kissinger
  7. 7. People are more easily led than driven. ~David Harold Fink
  8. 8. Leadership should be born out of the understandingof the needs of those who would be affected by it. ~Marian Anderson
  9. 9. It is followers who definethe leader. Without them, success is up to chance. ~Thomas Kohntopp
  10. 10. The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talkthe language of the visionary and the idealist. ~Eric Hoffer
  11. 11. Do not follow where thepath may lead. Go insteadwhere there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. 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. 13. Nearly all men can standadversity, but if you wantto test a man’s character, give him power. ~Abraham Lincoln
  14. 14. Where there is no vision, the people perish. ~Proverbs 29:18
  15. 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. 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. 17. Never mistake knowledgefor wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ~Sandra Carey
  18. 18. In calm waters manycaptains are able. It is in a tempest when true leadership emerges. ~Thomas Kohntopp
  19. 19. Good plans shape gooddecisions. That’s why good planning helps to makeelusive dreams come true. ~Lester R. Bittel
  20. 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. 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. 22. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.The last is to say thank you. ~Max DePree
  23. 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. 24. The real leader has no need to lead – he iscontent to point the way. ~Henry Miller
  25. 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. 26. The best example ofleadership is leadership by example. ~Jerry McClain
  27. 27. Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing. ~Mary D. Poole
  28. 28. The quality of a leader isreflected in the standards they set for themselves. ~Ray Kroc
  29. 29. To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone. ~Harry Truman
  30. 30. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams
  31. 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. 32. Knowing one’s followers is essential to becoming an exceptional leader. ~Thomas Kohntopp
  33. 33. Example is not the mainthing in influencing others, it is the only thing. ~Albert Schweitzer
  34. 34. Leadership: The art ofgetting someone else to dosomething you want donebecause he wants to do it. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  35. 35. Do not follow where thepath may lead. Go insteadwhere there is no path and leave a trail. ~Harold R. McAlindon
  36. 36. Management is efficiency inclimbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. ~Stephen R. Covey
  37. 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. 38. Leadership is action, not position. ~Donald H. McGannon
  39. 39. He that cannot obey cannot command. ~Benjamin Franklin
  40. 40. Leadership and learning areindispensable to each other. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  41. 41. Debate is common about which leadership style ismost effective. The answer,of course, . . . it all depends. ~Thomas Kohntopp
  42. 42. The led must not becompelled; they must be able to choose their own leader. ~Albert Einstein
  43. 43. Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. ~Harold S. Geneen
  44. 44. Leaders must be closeenough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. ~John Maxwell
  45. 45. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams
  46. 46. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. ~Warren Bennis
  47. 47. The very essence ofleadership is that you have to have a vision. ~Theodore Hesburgh
  48. 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. 49. Leaders are more powerfulrole models when they learn than when they teach. ~Rosabeth Moss Kantor
  50. 50. Good leaders must firstbecome good servants. ~Robert Greenleaf
  51. 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. 52. I suppose leadership atone time meant muscles;but today it means getting along with people. ~Mohandas K. Gandhi
  53. 53. The key to successful leadership today isinfluence, not authority. ~Kenneth Blanchard
  54. 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. 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. 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. 57. A leader is a dealer in hope. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  58. 58. Management is doingthings right; leadership is doing the right things. ~Peter F. Drucker
  59. 59. A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, ofgetting along with people, of getting things done. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  60. 60. Innovation distinguishesbetween a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs
  61. 61. Compiled By Thomas Kohntopp, Ph.D. Visitwww.Leadership.Tennessee.edu