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Leadership Quotes


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A bunch of leadership quotes I using during leadership training. Run it as a slideshow in Powerpoint or using Powerpoint Viewer. (Thanks to for the front slide graphic.)

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Leadership Quotes

  1. 1. Graphic by Collected and collated by Performance People Pty Ltd
  2. 2. <ul><li>No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew Carnegie </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully. </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Fuller, M. D. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency. </li></ul><ul><li>Arnold H. Glasow </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they surpass him or her in knowledge and ability. </li></ul><ul><li>Fred A. Manske, Jr. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. </li></ul><ul><li>John C. Maxwell </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>If one branch doesn't move, the many branches won't stir. (“If someone does not lead, no-one will follow.”) </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese Proverb </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>General H. Norman Schwarzkopf </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. </li></ul><ul><li>Theodore Hesburgh </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>No amount of study or learning will make a man a leader unless he has the natural qualities of one. </li></ul><ul><li>Archibald Wavell, &quot;London Times&quot;, 17 February, 1941 </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>The leader is a teacher who succeeds without taking credit. And, because credit is not taken, credit is received. </li></ul><ul><li>Lao Tzu, 6th Century BC </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Leaders manage the dream. All leaders have the capacity to create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and then to translate that vision into reality. </li></ul><ul><li>Warren Bennis </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. </li></ul><ul><li>Max DePree </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The role of the leader is to foster mutual respect and build a complementary team where each strength is made productive and each weakness irrelevant. </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Covey </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>The essence of leadership is the capacity to build and develop the self-esteem of the workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Irwin Federman </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. </li></ul><ul><li>John C. Maxwell </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Leaders need to strike a balance between action and patience. </li></ul><ul><li>Doug Smith </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success, leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Covey </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>To get a feel for the true essence of leadership, assume everyone who works for you is a volunteer. </li></ul><ul><li>Kouzes and Posner </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>The mediocre leader tells. The good leader explains. The superior leader demonstrates. The great leader inspires. </li></ul><ul><li>Buchholz and Roth </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Dwight D. Eisenhower </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>The level of morale is a good barometer of how each of your people is experiencing your leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Danny Cox </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Effective team leaders realise they neither know all the answers, nor can they succeed without the other members of the team. </li></ul><ul><li>Katzenbach & Smith </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Communicate everything to your associates. The more they know, the more they care. Once they care, there is no stopping them. </li></ul><ul><li>Sam Walton </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Your very best people will respond to what you actually do, what you evidently measure, and what you openly reward – every single time. </li></ul><ul><li>Betsy Sanders </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them. </li></ul><ul><li>John Whitmore </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>If you want someone to develop a specific trait, treat them as though they already had it. </li></ul><ul><li>Goethe </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Managers control. Leaders create commitment. </li></ul><ul><li>Jonh Zenger </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>If he works for you, you work for him. </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese Proverb </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. </li></ul><ul><li>General Patton </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. </li></ul><ul><li>Dwight D. Eisenhower </li></ul>