What is Leadership?

“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
~ St. Francis of Assisi

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Effective leadership is putting first things first.”
~ Stephen Covey

“Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.”
~ Warren Bennis

“Leadership is the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character that inspires confidence.”
~ General Montgomery

“A director is a choreographer, both politically and creatively.”
~ William Shatner

“What gets measured gets managed.”
~ Peter Drucker

“To govern is always to chose among disadvantages.”
~ Charles de Gaulle

“Leadership is diving for a loose ball.”
~ Larry Bird

“Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part.”
~ Phil Crosby

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”
~ John D. Rockefeller

“One of the tests of leadership is to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency.”
~ Arnold Glasgow

“You campaign in poetry.  You govern in prose.”
~ Mario Cuomo

“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”
~ Salvador Dalí

“The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.”
~ General Colin Powell

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.  The last is to say thank you.  In between, the leader is a servant.”
~ Max De Pree

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
~ Winston Churchill

“To command is to serve.”
~ André Malraux
The Making of a Leader

“Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.”
~ Cyrus A. Bartol

“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

“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”
~ Bruce Lee

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“He who pays the piper calls the tune.”
~ Ancient Proverb

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made.  And they are made just like everything else, through hard work.”
~ Vince Lombardi

“He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.”
~ Solon

“Leaders think and talk about the solutions.  Followers think and talk about the problems.”
~ Brian Tracy

“A person who deserves my loyalty receives it.”
~ Joyce Maynard

“A leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up, and goes.”
~ John Erskine

“Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.”
~ Andrew Carnegie

“No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed.”
~ Pat Riley

“Fortune favours the brave.”
~ Roman proverb

“Great souls have wills, feeble ones have only wishes.”
~ Chinese proverb

“Whoever is new to power is always harsh.”
~ Aeschylus

“Men of genius are admired.  Men of wealth are envied.  Men of power are feared.  But only men of character are trusted.”
~ Arthur Friedman

“No Man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.”
~ Abraham Lincoln
Life At The Top

“It is a mistake to look too far ahead.  Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”
~ Winston Churchill

“I had rather be first in a village than second in Rome.”
~ Julius Caesar

“The orchestra has the power, and every member of it knows instantaneously if you’re just beating time.”
~ Itzhak Perlman

“If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”
~ John Wayne

“To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.”
~ William Shakespeare

“Surround yourself with positive people.”
~ Queen Latifah

“There is a difference between getting the job done and getting the job done right.”
~ Dwight C. Gibson, Jr.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely.”
~ Lord Acton

“Amuse as well as instruct.”
~ Alfred E. Smith

“One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain superiority.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

“Be a yardstick of quality.”
~ Steve Jobs

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
~ Samuel Johnson

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right
for you’ll be criticised anyway.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”
~ George Washington

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
~ Confucius

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

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

“Do not wait for ideal circumstances, nor for the best opportunities; they will never come.”
~ Janet Erskine Stuart

“First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.”
~ Horatio Nelson
Words of Inspiration

“Be silent, or say something better than silence.”
~ Pythagoras

“Earn your leadership every day.”
~ Michael Jordan

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“A child miseducated is a child lost.”
~ John F. Kennedy

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“The object of oratory is not truth, but persuasion.”
~ Thomas Babington Macaulay

“To win without risk is to triumph without glory.”
~ Pierre Corneille

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step.”
~ Lao Tzu
In Action and Adversity

“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
~ Confucius

“Heaven never helps the man who will not help himself.”
~ Sophocles

“If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.”
~ William James

“As one star another far exceeds, so souls in heaven are placed by their deeds.”
~ Robert Greene

“Action expresses priorities.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king, but only friends won by good deeds, merit and honesty.”
~ Sallust

“Good deeds and good intentions are as far apart as Heaven and Hell.”
~ Ben Harper

“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, Snr.

“Do not wait to strike ‘til the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
~ W. B. Yeats

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“To reach a port, we must sail.  Sail, not tie at anchor.  Sail, not drift.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“An oak is not felled at one blow.”
~ Spanish proverb

“Anyone can hold the helm while the sea is calm.”
~ Publilius Syrus

“Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it.”
~ Horace

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
~ Nelson Mandela

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.”
~ Chinese proverb
Vision and Conviction

“Good things happen to those who hustle.”
~ Anaïs Nin

“Belief creates the actual fact.”
~ William James

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
~ General Patton

“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal.  Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“Animals know when you are afraid.  Cowards know when you are not.”
~ David Seabury

“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt.”
~ Buddha

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

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
~ Robert Browning

“All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
~ Victor Hugo

“For want of a vision the people perish.”
~ Proverbs 29:18

“If a man does not know to which port he is steering, no wind is favourable to him.”
~ Seneca the Younger

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.”
~ Edgar Cayce

“I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a gentleman and is nothing else.”
~ Oliver Cromwell

“Inspiration and genius
one and the same?”
~ Victor Hugo

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put foundations under them.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“In dreams begins responsibility.”
~ W. B. Yeats

“Lots of things that couldn’t be done have been done.”
~ Charles Auston Bates

“Leaders make sure people not only see the vision, they live and breathe it.”
~ Jack Welsh
The Power to Empower

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
~ Maimonides

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”
~ Harvey Firestone

“Technology is just a tool.  In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”
~ Bill Gates

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel.”
~ Sam Walton

“When one treats people with benevolence, justice and righteousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind, and all will be happy to serve their leaders.”
~ Sun Tzu

“You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.”
~ Byron Dorgan

“Teach people how to learn.”
~ Peter Drucker

“You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

“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

“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him, in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.”
~ Walter Lippmann
Leading by Example

“Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.”
~ Edmund Burke

“A leader is someone who demonstrates what is possible.”
~ Mark Yarnell

“The great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work.”
~ Noah Porter
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