Leadership quotes and sayings

The marksman hitteth the target partly by pulling, partly by letting go. The boatsman reached the landing partly by pulling, partly by letting go.
Egyptian Proverb

I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
Paul Wellstone

But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily be the best doctor or the best lawyer or the best businessman. These tests do not measure character, leadership, creativity, perseverance.
William J. Wilson

Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes — goodwill among men and peace on earth.
Albert Einstein

The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.
Ovid

Only undertake what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance.
Brian Tracy

How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.
David Joseph Schwartz

Often, the greatest challenge facing an organization is recognizing and acting on opportunity rather than solving a problem.
Peter Ginter

The school made it very clear that women were entitled to positions of authority. That sense of entitlement allowed us to feel that we have a natural place in leadership in the world. That gave me a mental and emotional confidence.
Linda Vester

Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil – the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be.
William George Jordan

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.
Max DePree

That’s the risk you take if you change: that people you’ve been involved with won’t like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
Lisa Alther

The human mind is as driven to understand as the body is driven to survive.
Hugh Gilmore

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.
Herbert B. Swope

The great successful men of the world have used their imagination… they think ahead and create their mental picture in all it details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.
Robert Collier

The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm.
Thomas J. Watson

Do, or do not. There is no try.
Yoda

The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.
John Naisbitt

Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice.
Gerry Adams

The message of the free world to any potential Palestinian leadership should be a simple one: Embrace democratic reform and we will embrace you.
Natan Sharansky

One simple way to keep organizations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular, frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.
Robert Shea

Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.”
Tony Robbins

Aren’t we at the point where the closer we get to chaos, the more concern that there should be about coming to the table and compromising with Democrats? This is not leadership. This is almost like dictatorship.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why… I succeed.
Michael Jordan

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.
John Scully

Preparing our city to achieve its destiny will require strong leadership.
Thomas Menino

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
William James

Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith, honesty and industry. Don’t take too much advice — keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.
Noah Porter

Realize that true happiness lies within you.
Lucian

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
W. Clement Stone

Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.
Edward Eggleston

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A tale is told of a man in Paris during the upheaval in 1948, who saw a friend marching after a crowd toward the barricades. Warning him that these could not be held against the troops, that he had better keep way, he received this reply, ” I must follow them. I am their leader.
A. Lawrence Lowell

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Michael O’Brien

High expectations are the key to everything.
Sam Walton

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Confucius

Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.
Amelia Earhart

Moral courage and character go hand in hand… a man of real character is consistently courageous, being imbued with a basic integrity and a firm sense of principle.
Martha Boaz

Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated.
Dag Hammarskjold

Your most dangerous competitors are those that are most like you.
Bruce Henderson

Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
Walter Bagehot

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Galileo Galilei

My responsibility, our responsibility as lucky Americans, is to try to give back to this country as much as it has given us, as we continue our American journey together.
Colin Powell

No person who has not spent a period of his life in those ‘stark and sullen solitudes that sentinel the Pole’ will understand fully what trees and flowers, sun-flecked turf and running streams mean to the soul of a man.
Ernest Shackleton

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
Confucius

Perseverance is not a long race it is many short races one after another.
Walter Elliott

One of the most common ways to overcome resistance to change is to educate people about it beforehand. Communication of ideas helps people see the need for and the logic of a change. The education process can involve one-on-one discussions, presentations to groups, or memos and reports.
John P. Kotter

When enthusiasm is inspired by reason; controlled by caution; sound in theory; practical in application; reflects confidence; spreads good cheer; raises morale; inspires associates, arouses loyalty; and laughs at adversity, it is beyond price.
Colman Cox

There are no dumb questions?only dumb answers.
Marshall Loeb

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world was better for this.
Don Quixote

Plodding wins the race.
Aesop

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.
E. B. White

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Polybius

Every man who takes office… either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
Ray Kroc

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia

He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
John Milton (Paradise Lost)

Every silver lining has a cloud.
Mary Kay Ash

The only way around is through.
Robert Frost

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Benjamin Disraeli