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  A leader is not necessarily one who knows the way but one who thinks he knows the way.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  Much talking does not make you a leader.  
 -  African proverb, Uganda
  

  One who has conquered himself is worthy of leadership.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  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
  

  Example is leadership.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  A leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target.  
 -  Angie Papadakis
  

  If you cry 'Forward', you must make plain in what direction to go.  
 -  Anton Chekhov
  

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

  One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.  
 -  Arnold H. Glasow
  

  I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?  
 -  Benjamin Disraeli
  

  He that cannot obey, cannot command.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.  
 -  Brian Tracy
  

  The true leader is always led.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

  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.  
 -  Charles Stengel
  

  Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.  
 -  Colin Powell
  

  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
  

  One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.  
 -  Dennis A. Peer
  

  Leadership is action, not position.  
 -  Donald H McGannon
  

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

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

  It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says 'Go!' - a leader says 'Let's go!'  
 -  EM Kelly
  

  The power to command has never meant the power to remain mysterious.  
 -  Ferdinand Foch
  

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

  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.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  A prince who will not undergo the difficulty of understanding, must undergo the danger of trusting.  
 -  George Savile
  

  Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men - the other 999 follow women.  
 -  Groucho Marx
  

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

  Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.  
 -  Harold S. Geneen
  

  Leadership is the art of getting other people to run with your idea as if it were their own.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

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

  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.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  A prince who will not undergo the difficulty of understanding, must undergo the danger of trusting.  
 -  George Savile
  

  Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men - the other 999 follow women.  
 -  Groucho Marx
  

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

  Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.  
 -  Harold S. Geneen
  

  Leadership is the art of getting other people to run with your idea as if it were their own.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

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

  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.  
 -  Ingvar Kamprad
  

  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 art of communication is the language of leadership.  
 -  James Humes
  

  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
  

  The challenge of leadership is is to be strong, but not rude. Be kind, but not weak. Be bold, but not a bully. Be thoughtful, but not lazy. Be humble, but not timid. Be proud, but not arrogant. Have humour, but without folly.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Correction does much, but encouragement does more.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.  
 -  John C. Maxwell
  

  Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.  
 -  John C. Maxwell
  

  People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.  
 -  John C. Maxwell
  

  Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.  
 -  John C. Maxwell
  

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

  Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  Great leadership does not mean running away from reality. Sometimes the hard truths might just demoralize the company, but at other times sharing difficulties can inspire people to take action that will make the situation better.  
 -  John Kotter
  

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

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

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

  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.  
 -  Kenneth Blanchard
  

  To lead the people, walk behind them.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  I was the general in the war to save Chrysler... I began by reducing my own salary to $1.00 a year. Leadership means setting an example. When you find yourself in a position of leadership, people follow your every move.  
 -  Lee Iacocca
  

  First-rate men hire first-rate men; second-rate men hire third-rate men.  
 -  Leo Rosten
  

  A true leader must have enough backbone to stand alone - even when the crowd wants to take the easy road home. A true leader cannot be dependent on companionship for his or her security, but must learn to trust in God alone.  
 -  Leslie Ludy
  

  Life is like a dog-sled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.  
 -  Lewis Grizzard
  

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

  Courage, endurance, fearlessness and above all self-sacrifice are the qualities of our leaders.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

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

  Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice.  
 -  Max Depree
  

  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 between everyone.  
 -  Mitch Albom
  

  A leader... is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.  
 -  Ovid
  

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

  I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.  
 -  Ralph Nader
  

  The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

  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.  
 -  Robert Greene
  

  Being a leader isn't about being liked. It's about doing what's right.  
 -  Robin Sharma
  

  The job of the leader is to develop more leaders.  
 -  Robin Sharma
  

  A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough.  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  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.  
 -  Shad Helmstetter
  

  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.  
 -  Sir Richard Branson
  

  Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.  
 -  Stephen R. Covey
  

  Groups follow the most charismatic person, even though there is no correlation between being a good speaker and having great ideas.  
 -  Susan Cain
  

  Quiet leadership is not an oxymoron.  
 -  Susan Cain
  

  I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.  
 -  Talleyrand
  

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

  The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  Lead, follow, or get out of the way.  
 -  Thomas Paine
  

  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 moment.'  
 -  Tommy Newberry
  

  Being a strong woman leader means being respectful of everyone. It does not mean being tolerant of every behavior.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I'm a leader, not a follower. Unless it's a dark place. Then you're going first.  
 -  Unknown
  

  A true leader knows how to leads his people, knows their needs, wants, the one who humbles himself and the one who doesn't eat and sleep well. A fake leader is the one who wants to be famous, the one who wants to be praised by people.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Leaders don't force people to follow them, they invite people on a journey.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Leaders with a strong outward focus are not only good listeners but also good questioners.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Don't always be a follower. Life is a highway. And sometimes you should take the lead. Try hopping into the driver's seat for a change!  
 -  Unknown
  

  Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.  
 -  Unknown
  

  When you are a leader of good character you have high moral values and integrity. You do what you say you will do on a consistent basis. To be consistent you have to act on your promises and threats as well.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Leaders aren't born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.  
 -  Vince Lombardi
  

  Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.  
 -  Vince Lombardi
  

  Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it.  
 -  Vince Lombardi
  

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

  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
  

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

  To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.  
 -  William Hazlitt