Leadership Quotes


It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

I don't care if you're black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you. Simple as that.

Advice    Kindness    Leadership    Love    Management    People    Respect    Success

If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.

Legend

Marie Lu

Legend

It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.

Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.

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.

You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out.

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Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.

If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.

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If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.

Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.

Bossypants

Tina Fey

Bossypants

Power isn’t control at all — power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.

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

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

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.

A man can only lead when others accept him as their leader, and he has only as much authority as his subjects give to him. All of the brilliant ideas in the world cannot save your kingdom if no one will listen to them.

The Well of Ascension

Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension

...A man can only stumble for so long before he either falls or stands up straight.

The Well of Ascension

Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.
[News conference, April 21 1961]

Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.

He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.

Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.

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

The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
[Undelivered remarks for Dallas Trade Mart, November 22 1963]

Leaders are not, as we are often led to think, people who go along with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see, whether anyone is following them. "Leadership qualities" are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, stubbornness, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head, even when things are going badly. True leaders, in short, do not make people into followers, but into other leaders.

The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.

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In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.

On Leadership

Colin Powell

A bit of advice
Given to a young Native American
At the time of his initiation:
As you go the way of life,
You will see a great chasm. Jump.
It is not as wide as you think.

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

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

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

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.

That was when it was all made painfully clear to me. When you are a child, there is joy. There is laughter. And most of all, there is trust. Trust in your fellows. When you are an adult...then comes suspicion, hatred, and fear. If children ran the world, it would be a place of eternal bliss and cheer. Adults run the world; and there is war, and enmity, and destruction unending. Adults who take charge of things muck them up, and then produce a new generation of children and say, "The children are the hope of the future." And they are right. Children are the hope of the future. But adults are the damnation of the present, and children become adults as surely as adults become worm food.
Adults are the death of hope.

Tigerheart

Peter David

Tigerheart
Adulthood    Adults    Childhood    Children    Distrust    Hatred    Leadership    Love    Maturity    Peace    Suspicion    Trust    War

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command

De Principatibus / Il Principe

Niccolò Machiavelli

De Principatibus / Il Principe

If you want to make a difference, the next time you see someone being cruel to another human being, take it personally. Take it personally because it is personal!

If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.

It’s time to care; it’s time to take responsibility; it’s time to lead; it’s time for a change; it’s time to be true to our greatest self; it’s time to stop blaming others.

Truly powerful people have great humility. They do not try to impress, they do not try to be influential. They simply are. People are magnetically drawn to them. They are most often very silent and focused, aware of their core selves. ... They never persuade, nor do they use manipulation or aggressiveness to get their way. They listen. If there is anything they can offer to assist you, they offer it; if not, they are silent.

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.

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