Leadership quotes page 2
Courage, endurance, fearlessness and above all self-sacrifice are the qualities of our
Example is not the main thing in
influencing others. It is the only thing.
Having a personality of caring about
people is important. You can't be a good leader unless
you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.
If you're trying to show off for people
at the top, forget it. They will look down at you
anyhow. And if you're trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only
envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally
Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.
John C. Maxwell
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
You can be a graduate student of management and never attain the esential skills of
managing others if you do not first master the management of yourself... The second
essential ingredient of being a good manager is knowing how to develop the qualities and
skills of others.
If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for
all the IKEA employees.
Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men - the other 999 follow women.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by
results not attributes.
Peter F. Drucker
The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
All great leaders possess tremendous long-term clarity about what they're trying to
accomplish both in their careers and personally. And it's this long-term perspective that builds
character, wisdom, and self-discipline. Long-term thinking is the hallmark of high performance
living, yet it's often neglected in favor of the treadmill of hectic, urgent "activities of the
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their
George S. Patton
As a leader you may imagine that constant diligence, and the appearance of working harder
than anyone else, signify power. Actually, though, they have the opposite effect: They imply
weakness. Why are you working so hard? Perhaps you are incompetent, and have to put in
extra effort just to keep up; perhaps you are one of those people who does not know how to
delegate, and has to meddle in everything. The truly powerful, on the other hand, seem
never to be in a hurry or overburdened. While others work their fingers to their bone, they
take their leisure.
"Quiet leadership" is not an oxymoron.
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.
One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an
Arnold H. Glasow
A leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target.
That is what we often do with new, inexperienced people. We welcome them aboard, take
them around to meet everybody, and then we leave them alone. Not only do we not catch
them doing anything approximately right, but periodically we zap them just to keep them
moving. This is the most popular leadership style of all.
I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a
The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four
guys who haven't made up their minds.
First-rate men hire first-rate men; second-rate men hire third-rate men.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he
wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more
If you cry "Forward", you must make plain in what direction to go.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and
doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
The art of communication is the language of leadership.
One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.
Dennis A. Peer
Life is like a dog-sled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.
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