Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
Be enthusiastic as a leader. You can’t light a fire with a wet match.
Reason and judgement are the qualities of a leader.
Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader.
Next to the assumption of power is the responsibility of relinquishing it.
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.
Fred A. Manske, Jr.
A leader’s dynamic does not come from special powers. It comes from a strong belief in a purpose and a willingness to express that conviction.
Kouzes and Posner
A person who is worthy of being a leader wants power not for himself, but in order to be of service.
US Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
Leadership happens at every level of the organisation and no one can shirk from this responsibility.
Leadership is about doing what you know is right – even when a growing din of voices around you is trying to convince you to accept what you know to be wrong.
Robert. L. Ehrlich
Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception.
The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.
Mary Kay Ash
Purpose is what gives life meaning.
If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.
The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person’s determination.
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.
The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
The three “C’s” of leadership are Consideration, Caring, and Courtesy. Be polite to everyone.
He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
Henry Ward Beecher
If you have no character to lose, people will have no faith in you.
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process.
Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them – this is the essence of leadership.
Theodore H White
The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
If people are coming to work excited . . . if they’re making mistakes freely and fearlessly . . . if they’re having fun . . . if they’re concentrating doing things, rather than preparing reports and going to meetings – then somewhere you have leaders.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
I learned that good judgement comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes.
General Omar Nelson Bradley
He who has great power should use it lightly.
I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins.
Now there are five matters to which a leader must pay strict heed. The first of these is administration; the second, preparedness; the third, determination; the fourth, prudence; and the fifth, economy.
Leaders we admire do not place themselves at the center; they place others there. They do not seek the attention of people; they give it to others. They do not focus on satisfying their own aims and desires; they look for ways to respond to the needs and interests of their constituents. They are not self-centered; they concentrate on the constituent. . . Leaders serve a purpose and the people who have made it possible for them to lead . . . . In serving a purpose, leaders strengthen credibility by demonstrating that they are not in it for themselves; instead, they have the interests of the institution, department, or team and its constituents at heart. Being a servant may not be what many leaders had in mind when they choose to take responsibility for the vision and direction of their organization or team, but serving others is the most glorious and rewarding of all leadership tasks.
James Kouzes and Barry Posner
Good leadership is about the company’s success, not your own.
You’re never beaten until you admit it.
George S. Patton
Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
B. C. Forbes
The leader’s job is not to cover all the bases – it is to see that all bases are covered.
The first step to leadership is servanthood.
There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present, in China or elsewhere. If there is one, he is only pretending, like a pig inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look like an elephant.
Respect is the key determinant of high performance leadership.How much people respect you determines how well they perform.
Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.
Leaders make decisions that create the future they desire.
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
Imagination rules the world.
Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
The challenge may not be easy, but it is possible.
I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
Great leaders… motivate large groups of individuals to improve the human condition.
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
You know what makes leadership? It is the ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do and like it.
Harry S. Truman
An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.