Leadership Quotes

These Leadership Quotes come from people who are leaving a legacy in their lives for the future generations of leaders. Their leadership characteristics have inspired many and made them famous, which is what we should aspire to. Now thats a controversial sentence as many would disagree that we should aim for 'fame' but the thing is that these great and incredible leaders (mostly) never aspired for fame, but rather for meaning and to make a difference in their lives. The fame was a consequence of their ideals and to me atleast, that is worthy of following and learning from.

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Leadership Quotes and Sayings

"Four rules of leadership in a free legislative body:
First, no matter how hard-fought the issue, never get personal. Don't say or do anything that may come back to haunt you on another issue, another day....
Second, do your homework. You can't lead without knowing what you're talking about....
Third, the American legislative process is one of give and take. Use your power as a leader to persuade, not intimidate....
Fourth, be considerate of the needs of your colleagues, even if they're at the bottom of the totem pole...." George Bush

"As a leader... I have always endeavored to listen to what each and every person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion. Oftentimes, my own opinion will simply represent a consensus of what I heard in the discussion. I always remember the axiom; a leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind." - Nelson Mandela

"Speak Softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." Theodore Roosevelt

"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall." Stephen R. Covey

"Authority should be seen as a part of leadership, not as a way around it." Michael McKinney

"He who has great power should use it lightly." Seneca

"How do you know you have won? When the energy is coming the other way and when your people are visibly growing individually and as a group." Sir John Harvey-Jones

"He makes a great mistake ... who supposes that authority is firmer or better established when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection." Terence

"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

"You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." Ken Kesey

"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

"Leadership is difficult but it is not complex." Michael McKinney

"Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone's following you." Henry Gilmer

"Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people", that is flattery. 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

"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

"The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do." Andrew Carnegie

"Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is 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

"More than anything else today, followers believe they are part of a system, a process that lacks heart. If there is one thing a leader can do to connect with followers at a human, or better still a spiritual level, it is to become engaged with them fully, to share experiences and emotions, and to set aside the processes of leadership we have learned by rote." Lance Secretan

"There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple, and useful life." Booker T. Washington

"He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own." Henry Ward Beecher

"Max DePree popularized the idea that leadership is an art. So much of what a leader does cannot be objectively measured. To reduce leadership to a set of algorithms is to remove it from its context; to ignore the complexities, the contradictions, and the possibilities. Artists must deal with uncertainty, contradictions and diversity almost by definition. Leaders need to have this capacity." Michael McKinney

"Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated." Fred Smith

"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

"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

"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

"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

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