Leadership quotes and sayings

When placed in command – take charge.
Norman Schwarzkopf

What helps people, helps business.
Leo Burnett

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
George Burns

You can’t pick cherries with your back to the tree.
J. P. Morgan

Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.
Ralph W. Sockman

If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.
G.K. Chesterton

The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.
Norman Vincent Peale

We need safe communities that are free from methamphetamine and a federal commitment to stand next to state leadership and law enforcement in the fight against this epidemic.
Rick Larsen

I think that the best training a top manager can be engaged in is management by example. I want to make sure there is no discrepancy between what we say and what we do. If you preach accountability and then promote somebody with bad results, it doesn’t work. I personally believe the best training is management by example. Don’t believe what I say. Believe what I do.
Carlos Ghosn

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
Aneurin Bevan

There is in true beauty, as in courage, somewhat which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.
William Congreve

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creative.
Charles Mingus

A President either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a single moment.
Harry S. Truman

Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.
Norman Vincent Peale

No executive has ever suffered because his subordinates were strong and effective.
Peter Drucker

The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.
Harry A. Overstreet

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Arthur C. Clarke

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

This is one of the major problems we have. By the way, it was endorsed by leadership on both sides of the aisle and both ends of the Capitol, by the NRA and also by the gun control groups.
John Dingell

If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.
Tom Peters

Researchers from the Center for Creative Leadership say that “insensitivity to others” in the primary reason why successful executives tumble off the track to the executive suite.
McCall and Lombardo

You’re only as good as the people you hire.
Ray Kroc

The business manager was doing fine back in his office while they were out on the line, hungry. And, so they started to see a lot of that and there was, that maybe the leadership had its own cause. More so than the miners, you know, it was like a power struggle.
Richard Grimes

A bold onset is half the battle.
Giuseppe Garibaldi

Eagles don’t flock – you have to find them one at a time.
H. Ross Perot

The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.
Napoleon Hill

The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
Andrew Carnegie

Doing is a quan leap from imagining.
Barbara Sher

The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.
J. Paul Getty

I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.
Og Mandino

We have great managers who haven’t spent a day in management school. Do we have great surgeons that haven’t spent a day in surgical school?
Henry Mintzberg

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
Bernard Baruch

Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.
Tom Hopkins

The successful men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose.
Orison Swett Marden

If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life. Ideas are any man’s greatest asset.
Harvey S. Firestone

A women’s organization was the catalyst to trigger a flip-flop in my mind that I wasn’t a follower, I was a leader. And in spite of my first reaction, that of fear, and a feeling I couldn’t’ do it, I took the risk. Don’t listen to other people’s negativity: they filter through their own experiences. Learn to trust your own feelings.
Ginger Purdy

I glory in conflict that I may hereafter exult in victory.
Frederick Douglas

A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him.
John C. Maxwell

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
An Wang

I am not a labor leader. I don’t want you to follow me or anyone else. If you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of the capitalist wilderness you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into this promised land if I could, because if I could lead you in, someone else could lead you out.
Eugene V. Debs

Whatever ought to be, can be.
James Rouse

When you are alone you are all your own.
Leonardo Da Vinci

Actually, I don’t ever think there will be a men-only team of leadership in the Labour party again. People would look at it and say, ‘What? Are there no women in the party to be part of the leadership? Do men want to do it all themselves?’ It just won’t happen again.
Harriet Harman

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Asking “who ought to be the boss” is like asking “who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?” Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
Henry Ford

Your eyes can’t hit what your eyes can’t see, float like a butterfly sting like a bee, rumble young man rumble.
Muhammed Ali

You must play boldly to win.
Arnold Palmer

Clarity affords focus.
Thomas Leonard

Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.
David Joseph Schwartz

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.
Omar Nelson Bradley

Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Winston Churchill

I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody.
Benjamin Franklin

Humans are ambitious and rational and proud. And we don’t fall in line with people who don’t respect us and who we don’t believe have our best interests at heart. We are willing to follow leaders, but only to the extent that we believe they call on our best, not our worst.
Rachel Maddow

No man can stand on top because he is put there.
H. H. Vreeland

I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.
Richard Branson

First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, President George Washington was second to none in humble and enduring scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform, dignified, and commanding; his example was edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example everlasting.
Henry Lee III

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.
Joseph Pulitzer

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
Frank Mckinney Hubbard

The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.
Vaclav Havel


Being a leader is serious not being boss

I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.
Henry Ford

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
George F. Will

I look for what needs to be done. After all, that’s how the universe designs itself.
R. Buckminster Fuller

Get the best people and train them well.
Scott McNealy

Such manifestations I account as representing the creative leadership of the new forces of thought and appreciation which attend changes in technological pattern and therefore of the pattern of human relationships in society.
John Grierson

As the Prime Minister put it to me…he saw his role as being that of Moses.
Peter Jay

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.
Peter Drucker

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
Rachel Carson

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
Sun Tzu

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work. Remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
Daniel H. Burnham

It is sad that the Republican leadership is not as interested as they say they are in protecting the institution of marriage as they are in waging a campaign to divide and distract the American people from the real issues that need to be addressed.
Kendrick Meek

Studies of unsuccessful executives portray people as loners — managers who prefer to work independently, who are highly critical of their staff, and who are unwilling to share control of projects and problem solutions. Unsuccessful executives generally view team participation and discussion an a waste of time and have poor interpersonal skills, according to these studies; they’re ill at ease with others, frequently making intensitive and undiplomatic remarks, and they look on other people with a great deal of mistrust. Managers who focus on themselves and are insensitive to others fail, because there’s a limit to what they can do by themselves. Those leaders who succeed realize that little can be accomplished if people don’t feel strong and capable. In fact, by using their own power in service of others rather than in service of self, successful leaders transform their constituents into leaders themselves — and wind up with extraordinary results.
Kouzes and Posner

Good enough never is.
Debbi Fields

You can only be what you give yourself the power to be.

Knowledge is like the grains of sand in a desert. Know one can comprehend it all.