Leadership quotes and sayings

What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.
Peter F. Drucker

Respect a man, he will do the more.
James Howell

I feel fantastically excited that we have a leader who fought for the leadership without compromising his quite challenging view that the party has to change.
Francis Maude

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.
John Steinbeck

The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the whole question of standards and leadership because of his unbounded faith in the plain people.
Irving Babbitt

The House Republican leadership has simply run out of ideas.
Jan Schakowsky

We could all use a little coaching. When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything.
Jim Rohn

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

Most people associate command and control leadership with the military.
Margaret J. Wheatley

It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don’t put psychotics in high places and we’ve got the problem solved.
Tom Wolfe

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Thomas Carlyle

Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the House right now seems to have been strangled by the tea party.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I’m really glad that your young people missed the Depression and missed the big war. But I do regret that they missed the leaders that I knew, leaders who told us when things were tough and that we’d have to sacrifice, and that these difficulties might last awhile… They brought us together and they gave us a sense of national purpose.
Ann Richards

As for leadership, I am the kind who leads reluctantly and more by example than anything else. Someone had to be on the incorporation papers as president.
Keith Henson

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own.
Michael Korda

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Winston Churchill

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
Sir Winston Churchill

The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be feared rather than to be loved.
Cornelius Nepos

Let me pass, I have to follow them, I am their leader.
Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.
Margaret Bonnano

The first step is to fill your life with a positive faith that will help you through anything. The second is to begin where you are.
Norman Vincent Peale

Your aspirations are your possibilities.
Samuel Johnson

What makes greatness is starting something that lives after you.
Ralph W. Sockman

One of the things about leadership is that you’ve got to show up. And if you want to be president of the United States you’ve got to make a case to the American people that Barack Obama needs to be dismissed from his position.
Tim Pawlenty

I think a major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experiences.
Margaret J. Wheatley

We only learn our limits by going beyond them. I propose that we all commit ourselves to the process of Constant and Never ending Improvement.
Tony Robbins

Quality begins on the inside… and then works its way out.
Bob Moawad

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
William Penn

Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power.
Chuck Hagel

The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.
Publius Syrus

People can cry much easier than they can change.
James Baldwin

When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman

Follow the grain in your own wood.
Howard Thurman

Strong-minded, resolutely-willed, you can create out of nothing a great business, a huge empire, a New World! Others have – and they have no monopoly.
Charles Bristol

Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.
Kenneth Hildebrand

All rising to a great place is by a winding stair.
Francis Bacon

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
Mother Teresa

The jack of all trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim.
Napoleon Hill

This – the leadership of the mayor is crucial, because it is to the mayor that people will look to provide the vision, the energy, and the sense of confidence in the rebuilding and the recovery.
Marc Morial

One of these days is none of these days.
H G Bohn

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

Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.
Mark Twain

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
William Hazlitt

President Ford was a devoted, decent man of impeccable integrity who put service to his country before his own self interest. He helped heal our nation during a time of crisis, provided steady leadership and restored people’s faith in the presidency and in government.
Mark Udall

Our policy is simple: We are not going to betray our friends, reward the enemies of freedom, or permit fear and retreat to become American policies, especially in this hemisphere. None of the wars in my lifetime came about because we were too strong.
Ronald Reagan

It’s great to work with somebody who wants to do things differently.
Keith Bellow

I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something good in men that really yearns for discipline.
Vincent Lombardi

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
Sir Winston Churchill

Following the herd often leads to the slaughterhouse.
Nerella Campigotto

There’s never just one wet butt in a canoe. We’re all in this together.
Anonymous

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
William James

He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.
Jyrus

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
Mario Andretti

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
St. Francis of Assisi

I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.
Harry S. Truman

Servant-leadership is more than a concept, it is a fact. Any great leader, by which I also mean an ethical leader of any group, will see herself or himself as a servant of that group and will act accordingly.
M. Scott Peck

I believe it is time for new leadership that is able to leave the ’70s behind.
Kim Campbell

The human race is governed by its imagination.
Napoleon Bonaparte