Leadership

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Harold R. McAlindon

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams

“He who chooses to be a master never does just enough to get by; nor does he cut corners or attempt to cheat the system. He who chooses mastery lives his life asking, ‘How can I do more, give more, be more, and thereby accelerate the achievement of my ultimate destiny?’”
James Arthur Ray

“Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.”
Brian Tracy

“I am easily satisfied with the very best.”
Winston Churchill

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
Carl W. Buechner

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”
John Maxwell

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
Peter F. Drucker

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
George S. Patton

“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

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
Dwight Eisenhower

“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

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.”
Elaine Agather

“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 R. Covey

“Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.”
Robert Half

“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”
Arnold Glasow

“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men — the other 999 follow women.”
Groucho Marx

“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

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”
Theodore M. Hesburgh

“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

“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

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
Douglas McCarther

“I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.”
Barack Obama

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

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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

“The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.”
Faye Wattleton

“It’s not always easy to do the right thing. But, doing the right thing makes you strong, it builds character, it forces you to make decisions based upon your beliefs and not what other people think. In life, and in business, you have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone. But, what makes you a leader is having the courage of your convictions.”
Queen Latifah

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.”
Isaac Newton

“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily;even if you had no title or position.”
Brian Tracy

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

“Remember that to change your mind and follow him who sets you right is to be none the less free than you were before.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“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

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
Kenneth 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

“What is the manager’s job? It is to direct the resources and the efforts of the business toward opportunities for economically significant results. This sounds trite — and it is. But every analysis of actual allocation of resources and efforts in business that I have ever seen or made showed clearly that the bulk of time, work, attention, and money first goes to problems rather than to opportunities, and, secondly, to areas where even extraordinarily successful performance will have minimal impact on results.”
Peter Drucker

“In handling men, there are three feelings that a man must not possess — fear, dislike and contempt. If he is afraid of men he cannot handle them. Neither can he influence them in his favor if he dislikes or scorns them. He must neither cringe nor sneer. He must have both self-respect and respect for others.”
Herbert N. Casson

“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 F. Drucker

“You can send a message around the world in one-fifth of a second, yet it may take years for it to get from the outside of a man’s head to the inside.”
Charles Franklin Kettering

” A leader is best
When people barely know he exists.
Not so good
When people obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they despise him.
But of a good leader
Who talks little
When his work is done,
His aim fulfilled, They will say “We did it ourselves.”
Lao Tse

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