Leadership Quotes

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“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” — 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

“The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.”

"A leader is a dealer in hope." --Napoleon Bonaparte
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“Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.” –Robert Half

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

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

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” –James Crook

"The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it." --Elaine Agather
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“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” –St. Augustine

“It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead — and find no one there.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The question, ‘Who ought to be boss?’, is like asking, ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.” –Henry Ford

“Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says ‘Go!’ – a leader says ‘Let’s go!'” — E.M. Kelly

“Leadership is action, not position.” — Donald H. McGannon

“You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.” — Gene Mauch

"I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep." -- Charles Maurice
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“If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” –The Bible

“Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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-Tzu

“What you cannot enforce, do not command.” –Sophocles

“People cannot be managed. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.” –H. Ross Perot

"Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships." -- Charles Simic
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“A leader leads by example not by Force.” — Sun Tzu

“A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him.” — Mark Brouwer

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

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” — Tom Peters

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” — Thomas J. Watson

“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.” — John C. Maxwell

“Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.” — Rudy Giuliani

"Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes." --Lewis Grizzard
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“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” — Albert Schweitzer

“The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.” — Henry Miller

“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” — Tony Blair

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

"A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done." -- Ralph Nader
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“A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says ‘I was beaten,’ he does not say ‘My men were beaten.'” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.” — Vince Lombardi

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” — Theodore Roosevelt

"One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you." -- Dennis Peer
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“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.” — Robert Jarvik

“If two or three persons should come with a high spiritual aim and with great powers, the world would fall into their hands like a ripe peach.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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