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A leader knows what's best to do. A manager knows merely how best to do it.
Ken Adelman

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader,
success is all about growing others.
Jack Welch

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. You can't blow an uncertain
trumpet.
Theodore Hesburgh

Every time I bestow a vacant office I make a hundred discontended persons and one ingrate.
Louis XIV

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one,
be without the strategy.
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
Wayne Lukas

The things we fear most in organizations - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances - are the
primary sources of creativity.
Margaret J. Wheatley

You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

From a management standpoint, it is very important to know how to unleash people's inborn
creativity. My concept is that anybody has creative ability, but very few people know how to
use it.
Akio Morita

A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of
the reasons for his actions.
Jawaharlal Nehru

No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under
him.
W. A. Nance

Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly
vigilant.
Colin Powell

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day
you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or
concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Colin Powell

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

What makes a good follower? The single most important characteristic may well be a
willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly
dependant on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or
not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.
Warren G. Bennis

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are
a leader.
John Quincy Adams

People cannot be managed. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
H. Ross Perot

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