Friday, October 19, 2012

Leadership Insights: 100 of the Best Quotes Ever on Leadership Selected by Michael Josephson

Leadership Insights: 100 of the Best Quotes Ever on Leadership Selected by Michael Josephson


  1. A leader is anyone who uses authority, reason, fear, inspiration, charisma or personal example to influence the behavior or beliefs of others. Effective leaders formulate their objectives and influence others to achieve them. Principled leaders adhere to moral and ethical principles in forming their objectives as well as their use of the methods of influence. Michael Josephson
  2. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand."— General Colin Powell
  3. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. — Peter F. Drucker
  4. A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see. – Leroy Eimes
  5.  As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." - Bill Gates
  6.  Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Harold R. McAlindon
  7. The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in others the conviction and will to carry on." - Walter Lippman
  8.  The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. - Harvey S. Firestone
  9. A bold beginning is half the battle. Giuseppe Garibaldi
  10. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny … it is the light that guides your way." – Heraclitus
  11. A leader is someone who believes in you and gets you to believe in yourself.
  12. The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around him that he knows. — Clarence Randall
  13. 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, founder of IBM
  14. Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself.  The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? – - William J. Bennett
  15. A boss says, Go! A leader says, Let's go! — E.M. Kelly
  16. 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
  17. Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge — fitter to bruise than polish. — Anne Bradstreet, (1612-1672)
  18. Leadership is action, not position.  — Donald H. McGannon
  19. Not everyone agrees that leadership can be taught but all know that leadership can be learned. Michael Josephson
  20. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy. — Dave Barry
  21. Great leaders are principled; they are not merely effective, they are ethical. They adhere to moral principles in forming their objectives and using the methods of influence. They engender trust and credibility because of their integrity and loyalty and because they care about their followers and treat them with respect.
  22. Great leaders earn, exude and instill confidence without being arrogant. They also empower their followers with confidence and pride.
  23. Great leaders are both idealistic and realistic. They have great goals. They seek to close the gap between what is and what can be but they have no illusions that success is either certain or simple. They consider the past and evaluate the present so they can create the future.
  24. Great leaders are teachers not tyrants. They help their followers see and understand more. The inspire them to become more and motivate them to do more.
  25. Great leaders are lifetime learners. They turn every success, setback and failure into a lesson that will guide them in the future.
  26. Great leaders don't repress or replace the values of their followers; they respect them and they enhance and energize those values focusing them toward the leader's vision.
  27. Great leaders have an unusual bone structure. They have strong back bones and well-developed wish bones and funny bones.
  28. Great leaders derive no pleasure from asserting their power and they use their authority sparingly. They rely more on inspiration and persuasion than coercion, but they are not hesitant to use their power when necessary to assure that everyone is doing what needs to be done.
  29. What's troubling is the gap between our challenges and the smallness of our politics — the ease with which we are distracted by petty and the trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our seeming inability to build a working consensus to tackle any big problem. Barack Obama
  30. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better." — Harry Truman
  31. No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. – Peter Drucker
  32. I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? ~ Benjamin Disraeli
  33. Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all. ~ Dwight Eisenhower
  34. Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. ~ George S. Patton
  35. 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
  36. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. — John Quincy Adams
  37. What you cannot enforce, do not command. ~ Sophocles
  38. Many people would rather you heard their story than granted their request.
  39. Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. — Stephen R. Covey
  40. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. Andrew Carnegie
  41. Leadership is the ability to establish standards and manage a creative climate where people are self-motivated toward the mastery of long term constructive goals, in a participatory environment of mutual respect, compatible with personal values. — Mike Vance
  42. Great leadership is about human experiences. It's not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine. — Lance Secretan
  43. Leaders don't force people to follow; they invite them on a journey.
  44. There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them. — Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin
  45. The real leader has no need to lead; he is content to point the way. — Henry Miller
  46. Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
  47. 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, 26th President (1858-1919)
  48. The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it. — Lord Thomas Macaulay
  49. The question Who ought to be boss is like as Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously, the man who can sing tenor. ~ Henry Ford
  50. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. ~ James Crook
  51. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet. ~ Theodore M. Hesburgh
  52. Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm. ~ Publilius Syrus
  53. Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too. ~ Robert Half
  54. As a leader, you're probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you're not around. — Patrick Lencioni
  55. There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple, and useful life. — Booker T. Washington
  56. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead
  57. My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence. — General Montgomery
  58. High sentiments always win in the end, The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. — George Orwell
  59. It's possible to get people to do what you want through force or fear but that's not leadership. Michael Josephson
  60. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  61. Leadership comes from integrity. You must do whatever you ask others to do. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity. — Scott Berkun
  62. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. — Jack Welch
  63. 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. — Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan
  64. If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny. — Dee Hock
  65. Lead and inspire people. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead. — Ross Perot
  66. The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. — Ralph Nader
  67. To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone. — Harry Truman
  68. Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing. — Albert Schweitzer
  69. The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. — Eric Hoffer
  70. Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. — Norman Schwarzkopf
  71. The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. — Harvey S. Firestone
  72. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. — Arnold Glasow
  73. Leaders conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts. — John Gardner
  74. Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better. Bill Bradley
  75. A real leader has the ability to motivate others to their highest level of achievement; then gives them the opportunity and the freedom to grow. Buck Rodgers
  76. One of the greatest talents of all is the talent to recognize and to develop talent in others. General Colin Powell
  77. If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them.
  78. Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. Jack Welch
  79. The world of the 1990s and beyond will not belong to 'managers' or those who can make the numbers dance. The world will belong to passionate, driven leaders – people who not only have enormous amounts of energy but who can energize those whom they lead. Jack Welch
  80. I've never found an important decision made by a great organization that was made at a point of unanimity. Significant decisions carry risks and inevitably some will oppose it. In these settings, the great legislative leader must be artful in handling uncomfortable decisions, and this requires rigor. Jim Collins
  81. A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better. Jim Rohn
  82. Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  83. Most people who want to get ahead do it backward. They think, 'I'll get a bigger job, then I'll learn how to be a leader.' But showing leadership skill is how you get the bigger job in the first place. John Maxwell
  84. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John Maxwell
  85. People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. John Maxwell
  86. Great communication depends on two simple skills—context, which attunes a leader to the same frequency as his or her audience, and delivery, which allows a leader to phrase messages in a language the audience can understand. John Maxwell
  87. Credibility is a leader's currency. With it, he or she is solvent; without it, he or she is bankrupt. John Maxwell
  88. A highly credible leader under-promises and over-delivers. John Maxwell
  89. The best leaders are humble enough to realize their victories depend upon their people. John Maxwell
  90. In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people… they no longer can lead solely based on positional power. John Maxwell
  91. Vision comes alive when everyone sees where his or her contribution makes a difference. John Maxwell
  92. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker
  93. Leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker
  94. People will not follow you if they do not trust you, and before someone will lend you a hand, you must first touch their heart. Robin Sharma
  95. Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton
  96. 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
  97. Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line. Warren Bennis
  98. The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. Warren Bennis
  99. A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.  ~Author Unknown
  100. 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, Prince de Talleyrand-PĂ©rigord


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