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Leadership Sayings

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

The art of communication is the language of leadership.

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.

Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.

No matter how good you think you are as a leader, my goodness, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better – because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.

Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.

If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Leadership is a choice, not a position.

Don’t find fault, find a remedy.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

The greatest gift of leadership is a boss who wants you to be successful.

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

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.

You have to think anyway, so why not think big?

Leadership contains certain elements of good management, but it requires that you inspire, that you build durable trust. For an organization to be not just good but to win, leadership means evoking participation larger than the job description, commitment deeper than any job contract’s wording.

I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.

The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

Men make history and not the other way around. 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.

When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.

Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.

One thing that somebody told me is that leadership is a lonely role – some people can do it, and some people can’t.

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

Practice self-awareness, self-evaluation, and self-improvement. If we are aware that our manners – language, behavior, and actions – are measured against our values and principles, we are able to more easily embody the philosophy, leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do.

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process.

The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.

The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.

When poor people get involved in a long conflict, such as a strike or a civil rights drive, and the pressure increases each day, there is a deep need for spiritual advice. Without it, we see families crumble, leadership weaken, and hard workers grow tired.

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.

Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating.

The secret to understanding me is, I’m not trying to be anybody other than who I actually am. People want candid, refreshing leadership. And I’ve always tried to go with solutions. You know, I’ve always tried to say, here’s how we get our economy growing, here’s why we get our debt under control. That’s what Mitt Romney is offering.

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

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.

Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.

Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives.

Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.

The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.

Grades don’t measure tenacity, courage, leadership, guts or whatever you want to call it. Teachers or any other persons in a position of authority should never tell anybody they will not succeed because they did not get all A’s in school.

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily be the best doctor or the best lawyer or the best businessman. These tests do not measure character, leadership, creativity, perseverance.

The cautious seldom err.

Teaching is a profession in which capacity building should occur at every stage of the career – novices working with accomplished colleagues, skillful teachers sharing their craft, and opportunities for teacher leadership.

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

The art of leadership is not to spend your time measuring, evaluating. It’s all about selecting the person. And if you believe you selected the right person, then you give that person the freedom, the authority, the delegation to innovate and to lead with some very simple measure.

Optimism is the ultimate definition of a leader. A leader has to look optimistically at what is ahead while not ignoring the challenges that must be overcome. Those challenges are in government, politics, world leadership, and even in community life.

High expectations are the key to everything.

Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.

I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal.

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.

You need a commitment which is long term and a commitment to leadership, because that’s the only way you build excellence.

I chose to personally support Donald Trump for president early on and referred to him as America’s blue-collar billionaire at the Republican National Convention because of his love for ordinary Americans and his kindness, generosity, and bold leadership qualities.

How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.

In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy.

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.

As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women’s issues, in bringing down the population growth rate… as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension – that of a mother.

Vocational education programs have made a real difference in the lives of countless young people nationwide; they build self-confidence and leadership skills by allowing students to utilize their unique gifts and talents.

I learned that leadership is about falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you. It is about serving the people with selflessness, with sacrifice, and with the need to put the common good ahead of personal interests.

The highest calling of leadership is to challenge the status quo and unlock the potential of others. We need a leader who will lead the resurgence of this great nation and unlock its potential once again.

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

There are good leaders who actively guide and bad leaders who actively misguide. Hence, leadership is about persuasion, presentation and people skills.

From the very first, it has been the educated and intelligent of the Negro people that have led and elevated the mass, and the sole obstacles that nullified and retarded their efforts were slavery and race prejudice; for what is slavery but the legalized survival of the unfit and the nullification of the work of natural internal leadership?

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

Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power.

Leadership is inspiring people. Management is keeping the trains running on time.

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.

Leadership is about doing the right thing, even if it going against a vast number of naysayers and mediocre people.

Leadership is influence.

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

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

In this age, I don’t care how tactically or operationally brilliant you are: if you cannot create harmony – even vicious harmony – on the battlefield based on trust across service lines, across coalition and national lines, and across civilian/military lines, you need to go home, because your leadership is obsolete.

Leadership is something you earn, something you’re chosen for. You can’t come in yelling, ‘I’m your leader!’ If it happens, it’s because the other guys respect you.

The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

Success is no longer about changing strategies more often, but having the agility to execute multiple strategies concurrently. And success requires CEOs to develop the right leadership capabilities, workforce skills, and corporate cultures to support digital transformation.

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.

We’ll have a sales leader go run engineering. A lawyer go run business development. A business development leader go run our consumer operations. We’re going to train a generalist group of leaders who know how to learn and operate in collaboration teamwork. I think that’s the future of leadership.

It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.

The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.

Many corporate leaders and employees have the right intentions, but it can be overwhelming when you consider how everything is affected from leadership styles, to organizational structure, to employee engagement, to customer service an marketplace.

Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power. And I try to model that in all of my interactions.

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.

Whether we’re talking about leadership, teamwork, or client service, there is no more powerful attribute than the ability to be genuinely honest about one’s weaknesses, mistakes, and needs for help.

There is no greater name for a leader than mother or father. There is no leadership more important than parenthood.

The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.

God will never direct us to be prideful, arrogant and unforgiving, immoral or slothful or full of fear. We step into these things because we are insensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit within us.

Be the chief but never the lord.

I think we need the feminine qualities of leadership, which include attention to aesthetics and the environment, nurturing, affection, intuition and the qualities that make people feel safe and cared for.

I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.

When I testified before Congress after the Hudson River landing, Congressman James Oberstar of Minnesota said, ‘Safety begins in the boardroom.’ That’s as true in medicine as it is in aviation. It always boils down to leadership.

At the heart of great leadership is a curious mind, heart, and spirit.

The Republican Party is the Grand Old Party. It’s made enormous contributions to the success of our country. And it is a party that has embraced its leadership role when it has had the majority or the White House.

Stubbornness is a positive quality of presidential leadership – if you’re right about what you’re stubborn about.

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.

Great companies in the way they work, start with great leaders.

What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership.

I learned early on that one of the secrets of campus leadership was the simplest thing of all: speak to people coming down the sidewalk before they speak to you. I would always look ahead and speak to the person coming toward me. If I knew them I would call them by name, but even if I didn’t I would still speak to them.

Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.

Power should be reserved for weightlifting and boats, and leadership really involves responsibility.

One of my beliefs about leadership is it’s not how many followers you have, but how many people you have with different opinions that you can bring together and try to be a good listener.

Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.

Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.

Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.

Lead yourself whenever your boss’ leadership deteriorates. When your boss doesn’t praise what you do, praise yourself. When your boss doesn’t make you big, make yourself big. Remember, if you have done your best, failure does not count.

Leadership is all about emotional intelligence. Management is taught, while leadership is experienced.

The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear.

Leadership is service to others.

Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

There is no force in the world that can block the powerful march of our army and people, who are holding high the banner of the suns of great Comrade Kim Il Sung and great Comrade Kim Jong Il and continuing to advance under the leadership of the party and with strong faith in sure victory.

Leadership is simply the ability of an individual to coalesce the efforts of other individuals toward achieving common goals. It boils down to looking after your people and ensuring that, from top to bottom, everyone feels part of the team.

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.

The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.

I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.

Leadership consists of picking good men and helping them do their best.

Constant, gentle pressure is my preferred technique for leadership, guidance, and coaching.

The one thing I have learned as a CEO is that leadership at various levels is vastly different. When I was leading a function or a business, there were certain demands and requirements to be a leader. As you move up the organization, the requirements for leading that organization don’t grow vertically; they grow exponentially.

The cost of leadership is self-interest.

Good leadership is to know when to go, and you only succeed as a good leader if you’ve transported someone else in and the company gets stronger. Then you’ve succeeded as leader.

We also can’t try to take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis. That’s not leadership; that’s a recipe for quagmire, spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately weakens us. It’s the lesson of Vietnam, of Iraq – and we should have learned it by now.

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.

Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter what the project.

Leadership is a mindset in action. So don’t wait for the title. Leadership isn’t something that anyone can give you – you have to earn it and claim it for yourself.

Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.

Overall, the challenge of leadership is both moral and one of developing the characteristics that make us respected by one another.

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.

You can never stop and as older people, we have to learn how to take leadership from the youth and I guess I would say that this is what I’m attempting to do right now.

Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.

Leadership is absolutely about inspiring action, but it is also about guarding against mis-action.

Leaders of the future will have to be visionary and be able to bring people in – real communicators. These are things that women bring to leadership and executive positions, and it’s going to be incredibly valuable and incredibly in demand.

You have to enable and empower people to make decisions independent of you. As I’ve learned, each person on a team is an extension of your leadership; if they feel empowered by you they will magnify your power to lead.

Market leadership can translate directly to higher revenue, higher profitability, greater capital velocity, and correspondingly stronger returns on invested capital.

Leadership is standing with your people. People say you have to live to fight another day, but sometimes you have to show you are a true leader.

Leadership is an ever-evolving position.

There is a new model of leadership in the world that rides on the premise that every single person in the organisation can be a leader. Titles are important for structure and order, but real power does not come from titles.

The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.

Leadership is loud. It is quiet. It is thoughtful and emotional and cerebral and nerdy and goofy and joyful and motivating.

Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.

Most businesses think that product is the most important thing, but without great leadership, mission and a team that deliver results at a high level, even the best product won’t make a company successful.

I think the more women we have in leadership positions, the more women will see examples, can see themselves in those roles.

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.

There’s no doubt West Point impacted who I am… It has an enormous emphasis, not only on military aspects, but character development. Whether it’s the honor code, or the interactions you have, both with the cadet leadership and the academy leadership, every place you are is a character test.

Leadership is an intense journey into yourself. You can use your own style to get anything done. It’s about being self-aware. Every morning, I look in the mirror and say, ‘I could have done three things better yesterday.’

Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique.

Leadership and greatness comes to those who follow-through. Who stand for near-flawless execution.

In many ways, leadership is about defining reality and inspiring hope, but if you have these great people around you and they know that what they do is going to be recognized, it can be incredibly powerful.

In the military, I learned that ‘leadership’ means raising your hand and volunteering for the tough, important assignments.

I try to work hard. I try to set a good example. I don’t look at it as though I’ve got to be a leader. I just try to behave the way I think I should behave. If that results in a leadership role, great.

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.

Leadership is inspiring extraordinary people to step up and serve their country.

One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.

I wish I had played team sports. I think every kid should. Teamwork builds character – teaches people about leadership and cooperation.

Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.

Everything rises and falls on leadership.

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.

If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life. Ideas are any man’s greatest asset.

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.

Example is leadership.

There’s two parts of leadership. You’ve got to be a good leader – you’ve got to be somebody that people want to emulate and care about the other people. But the other guys that you have have to accept their leadership. They have to respond to it. That’s the chemistry that you never know how that is going to happen.

True leadership isn’t about having an idea. It’s about having an idea and recruiting other people to execute on this vision.

My role at Lockheed Martin puts me in contact with extraordinary leaders in many fields – from science and engineering to philanthropy and government. And since we also work closely with our nation’s armed forces, we tend to reflect a lot on leadership and how we can inspire successful teamwork, cooperation, and partnerships.

I was raised with traditional stories of leadership: Robert E. Lee, John Buford at Gettysburg. And I also was raised with personal examples of leadership. This was my father in Vietnam. And I was raised to believe that soldiers were strong and wise and brave and faithful; they didn’t lie, cheat, steal, or abandon their comrades.

Leadership is an individual sport, one that has to be fine-tuned to each of the people that reports to you. Leaders also need to provide the direction, energy, encouragement and inspiration for each person who reports directly to the leader as well as for the overall organization.

It is not about gender, it is about experience, leadership, and vision.

I think to be a great quarterback, you have to have a great leadership, great attention to detail, and a relentless competitive nature. And that’s what I try to bring to the table, and I have a long way to go. I’m still learning, and I’m still on a constant quest for knowledge.

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.

I don’t think leadership demands ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers; I think leadership is providing the forum for making the right decision, which doesn’t demand unanimity.

A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.

I think for leadership positions, emotional intelligence is more important than cognitive intelligence. People with emotional intelligence usually have a lot of cognitive intelligence, but that’s not always true the other way around.

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