Leadership

• “A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see.” – Leroy Eimes, author and leadership expert

• “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter, former first lady of the United States

• “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, poet and philosopher

• “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State

 

• “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

 

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

 

• “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

 

• “In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes.” – John Erskine, author

• “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, author
• “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”– President Ronald Reagan

 

• “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, military leader

 

• “Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain, author [What Is Leadership?]
The actions of a leader

• “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch, former GE chairman and CEO
• “Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – U.S. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
• “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
• “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” — Stephen Covey, author, businessman and speaker
• “Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis, founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California
• “To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence … When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!'” – Lao Tzu, philosopher
• “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold Glasow, humorist and author
• “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, writer, reporter and political commentator
• “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” –Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State
• “Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan, former NBA basketball player
• “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” – John Buchan, novelist, historian and politician
• “Make sure you’re not just waiting for someone else to fix things, or hoping that things willi mprove…Figure out what’s going on and make a plan to improve things.” – Kenneth W. Thomas
The knowledge of a leader
• “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – Gen. George S. Patton
• “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker
• “Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.” – Oscar Wilde, writer and poet
• “The led must not be compelled. They must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein, physicist
• “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.” – President Harry Truman
• “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple
• “If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.” – Benjamin Hooks, former director of the NAACP
• “You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” – Sam Rayburn, former speaker of the House
• “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
• “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – President Abraham Lincoln
• “You manage things; you lead people.” – Grace Murray Hopper, U.S. Navy rear admiral