Leadership is one of the most important aspects of any organization. It takes a special kind of person to lead and inspire others to do their best work. People who are successful leaders often have a few key traits in common such as strong communication skills, an ability to motivate and inspire, and a passion for the task at hand. Here are some inspirational leadership quotes to help you on your journey to becoming a successful leader.
“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell
John C. Maxwell is one of the world’s most respected leadership experts. His quote speaks to the idea that it’s not about what position you hold or what titles you have, but rather it’s about how you influence and inspire others.
“The best leaders have a heart for people, a vision for the future, and a passion to do whatever it takes to reach their goals.” – John Maxwell
Leadership is about more than just having the skills to lead. It’s also about having a heart for people, a vision for the future, and a passion to do whatever it takes to reach their goals.
“Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” – Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is a renowned author and motivational speaker. His quote speaks to the importance of not only giving orders, but also looking out for the people who are a part of the team.
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
This quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks to the importance of being able to inspire others to do their best and to want to do what you need them to do.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell
This quote from John C. Maxwell speaks to the idea that good leadership is about not just knowing the way, but also showing the way and going the way.
“A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.” – Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher was one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century. Her quote reminds us that good leadership is about inspiring others from within, rather than dictating from above.
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis
This quote from Warren Bennis speaks to the importance of being able to turn a vision into action. Good leaders are able to articulate their vision and then work to make it happen.
“The true test of leadership is how well you function when the spotlight is not on you.” – Bill Gates
This quote from Bill Gates speaks to the idea that leadership is about more than just being in the spotlight. It’s also about being able to lead and function effectively even when the spotlight is not directly on you.
“Leadership is not rank, privileges, or money. It’s responsibility.” -Peter Drucker
This quote from Peter Drucker is a reminder that leadership is about more than just the perks that come with a position. It’s about taking responsibility for the success of the team and the organization.
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
This quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower is a reminder that good leadership is about inspiring others to do their best and to want to do what you need them to do.
A big part of leadership is just being comfortable with the fact that some decisions really are only yours.
Helene D. Gayle
A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A good cult delivers on its promises. A good cult nourishes the needs of its members, has transparency and integrity, and creates provisions for challenging its leadership openly. A good cult expands the freedoms and well-being of its members rather than limits them.
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
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.
A good part of my leadership skills is crafted from learning from experiences early in my career that were not positive experiences.
A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
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.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell
A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
A leader who is confused or confusing causes too much anxiety, and a leader who is too controlling is revealing more insecurity and a lack of leadership.
A leadership culture is one where everyone thinks like an owner, a CEO or a managing director. It’s one where everyone is entrepreneurial and proactive.
Robin S. Sharma
A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.
J. P. Morgan
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
A revolutionary party is, in its essence, the party of its leader that carries out his ideology and cause, and the main thing in its building is to ensure the unitary character and inheritance of his ideology and leadership.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.
Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.
Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
John Kenneth Galbraith
All of the things an arts education gives a young person enhance leadership skills and help raise grades.
Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power.
Americans must place greater emphasis on the more subtle dimensions of national power, such as innovation, education, the balance of force and diplomacy, and the quality of political leadership.
Among the qualities most needed among those who aspire to true leadership in the fostering of peace and goodwill among the nations and in overcoming racial and religious antagonism is the cooperative spirit and objective.
An important part of leadership is being able to hold two things in your mind at once: Dealing with the reality, whatever it may be, and focus on hope for the future. Any leader helping an organization through challenges needs to be able to do both.
Anybody who tells you that a two-day conference, you’re going to turn into the General Patton of leadership, they’re not telling you the truth. But you can learn the fundamentals; you can absolutely understand the fundamentals.
Arthur Scargill’s leadership of the miners’ strike has been a disgrace. The price to be paid for his folly will be immense. He will have destroyed the N.U.M. as an effective fighting force within British trade unionism for the next 20 years. If kamikaze pilots were to form their own union, Arthur would be an ideal choice for leader.
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.
As CEO of Accenture, I am not French anymore. When I’m in India, I am Indian. We are a company with no physical headquarters. We operate on a virtual level. Our leadership meetings are teleconferences, which is why the Board asked me to stay on in France. And I tell others to stay in their own countries.
As in nature, politics abhors a vacuum. Without a strong voice for more moderate leadership, the Tea Party is filling that vacuum.
At the end the day because I believe so strongly in leadership, what I look for first, what I try to assess, is integrity.
At the heart of great leadership is a curious mind, heart, and spirit.
At the very outset I want to say how the people of America appreciate the steadfast support of the people of Morocco, the leadership of Morocco in our war against terrorism.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
W. Clement Stone
Be the chief but never the lord.
Because management deals mostly with the status quo and leadership deals mostly with change, in the next century we are going to have to try to become much more skilled at creating leaders.
John P. Kotter
Beginning under the Roman Empire, intellectual leadership in the West had been provided by Christianity. In the middle ages, who invented the first universities – in Paris, Oxford, Cambridge? The church.
Ben Roethlisberger is a proven winner in athletic competition. But the measure of a true leader is how they conduct themselves 24/7, not just during a winning touchdown drive or a goal-line stance. Leadership isn’t something that gets switched off because the game clock expires.
Bill O’Reilly’s firing is a welcome step by Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, by a new generation of leadership trying to modernize the country’s conservative media flagship and change its culture. But it is just a step.
Bipartisanship isn’t an option anymore; it is a requirement. The American people have divided responsibility for leadership right down the middle.
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.
William Julius Wilson
By giving the leadership to the private sector in a capitalistic society, we’re going to measure the value of art by how many products we can sell.
Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition with the vision of the goodness and possibilities of every human life.
Character in leadership is the most important balance for leadership. Without character, leaders have no safety. Leadership has no protection without character.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
China is the largest and most ancient of Asiatic countries, but it is not for us boastfully to talk of her right to a position of ‘leadership’ among those countries.
Churches need to be intentional about reaching the next generation by creating templates for young people to see that there is a stepping stone for leadership in this church.
Clarity affords focus.
Clearly no one knows what leadership has gone undiscovered in women of all races, and in black and other minority men.
Constant, gentle pressure is my preferred technique for leadership, guidance, and coaching.
Different times need different types of leadership.
Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique.
James MacGregor Burns
Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.
Doing nothing while the middle class is hurting. That’s not leadership. Loose regulations and lax enforcement. That’s not leadership. That’s abandoning our middle class.
Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
Education is the mother of leadership.
Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
Empowerment isn’t a buzzword among leadership gurus. It’s a proven technique where leaders give their teams the appropriate training, tools, resources, and guidance to succeed.
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.
Ever since Israel has been a nation the United States has provided the leadership. Every president down to the ages has done this in a fairly balanced way, including George Bush senior, Gerald Ford, and others including myself and Bill Clinton.
Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.
Every member of the Congress has access to the top leadership. It is not a question of proximity but if somebody shares a personal equation with any of the leaders it is really no reason for concern or insecurity as long as it is not at the cost of merit and performance.
Every team has leadership. The leadership is the best players. But there’s positive leadership, and there’s negative leadership.
Jeff Van Gundy
Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership.
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.
Everything rises and falls on leadership.
John C. Maxwell
Example is leadership.
Followship is just as important as leadership. It’s very important that you’ll know if you’re a great leader because you will have awesome followship. And the people behind you will take that burden of responsibility.
For a homosexual, he’s one of the nicest guys I ever met. And he’s good at what he does. You know, he’s got leadership ability, and if these people here would listen to him, he would take ’em a long way. But anyway, me and Richard got to be pretty good friends – not in a homosexual way, that’s for sure.
For any movement to gain momentum, it must start with a small action. This action becomes multiplied by the masses, and is made tangible when leadership changes course due to the weight of the movement’s voice.
For success of any mission, it is necessary to have creative leadership. Creative leadership is vital for government, non-governmental organisations as well as for industries.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
From a parent’s right to know what their children are doing, to protecting citizens across the country from the growing threat of gang violence, the House Democrat leadership is simply out to lunch.
Get the best people and train them well.
Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.
Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.
J. P. Morgan
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.
Going back to the moon is not visionary in restoring space leadership for America. Like its Apollo predecessor, it will prove to be a dead end littered with broken spacecraft, broken dreams and broken policies.
Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
John D. Rockefeller
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.
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.
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.
Thomas J. Stanley
Great companies in the way they work, start with great leaders.
Great entrepreneurial DNA is comprised of leadership, technological vision, frugality, and the desire to succeed.
Great leadership can be a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time articulating what it is that makes their leadership so effective.
Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens.
He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
Helping other people develops your leadership skills, and people start to see you as a natural leader.
He’s a novice, but he’s had these – he’s experienced in leadership in tight circumstances. He started – he dropped the first bomb, led the first air strike into North Vietnam.
High expectations are the key to everything.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher
Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
James Cash Penney
House Republican leadership have refused to allow a clean minimum wage vote. Close to 15 million Americans will be affected if we did this. Do Republicans really expect a family to live on less than $11,000 a year?
How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.
David Joseph Schwartz
Humility is a great quality of leadership which derives respect and not just fear or hatred.
I am a general. My soldiers are the keys and I have to command them.
I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead Intel. We have amazing assets, tremendous talent, and an unmatched legacy of innovation and execution. I look forward to working with our leadership team and employees worldwide to continue our proud legacy while moving even faster into ultra-mobility to lead Intel into the next era.
I am deeply honored by the trust the board has placed in me to lead Duke Energy. I have a high degree of confidence in the strength of our company’s leadership and dedicated employees.
I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t. Hey, it made me a better leader: you have to take a lot of people’s needs into account; you have to look down the road. Trying to negotiate getting a couple of kids to watch the same TV show requires serious diplomacy.
Dee Dee Myers
I am humble enough to understand there are many people who know much more than I do on many subjects, so I listen to them. Integrity is also critical to leadership, so I believe there must always be alignment between what you think, say, and do.
I am involved in a lot of nonprofits. And when I reached the ripe old age of 60, I wanted to provide leadership to some I had been involved in.
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.
Alexander the Great
I am very bullish on India because of its people, its culture, and the leadership. I love the culture and warmth of people.
I believe in servant leadership, and the servant always asks, ‘Where am I needed most?’
I believe that the capacity that any organisation needs is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed, when it is needed.
Margaret J. Wheatley
I bought my own home in 2004. It’s a sanctuary for my family and a place of peace and calm. It’s key for anyone committed to leadership and success to avoid the noise and focus on their best opportunities.
Robin S. Sharma
I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices: my state Senate seat or for the governor. I’m still trying to decide, but I do think people are ready for a change from the partisan, very fractured leadership we have in Texas.
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.
Jerry Falwell, Jr.
I could always score goals. I loved that feeling of having your team look to you, that feeling of leadership.
I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.
I don’t know what leadership is. You can’t touch it. You can’t feel it. It’s not tangible. But I do know this: you recognize it when you see it.
I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.
I fully support U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his Global Education First Initiative and the work of U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and the respectful president of the U.N. General Assembly Vuk Jeremic. I thank them for the leadership they continue to give.
I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.
George W. Bush
I have always admired the innovation and impact Apple products and services have on people’s lives and hope in some small way I can help contribute to the company’s continued success and leadership in changing the world.
I have always supported measures and principles and not men.
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.
Queen Elizabeth II
I know that millions of Americans from all walks of life agree with me that leadership does not mean putting the ear to the ground to follow public opinion, but to have the vision of what is necessary and the courage to make it possible.
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.
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.
I left DOJ’s leadership back in 2005. At the time, we were still building our national security capabilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. And we’d made a lot of progress.
Christopher A. Wray
I look for my opportunities, not trying to go outside of my genuine realm, because leadership has to be genuine and authentic.
I look for what needs to be done. After all, that’s how the universe designs itself.
R. Buckminster Fuller
I never saw myself as an individual who had any particular leadership powers.
I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.
Octavia E. Butler
I speak directly to the people, and I know that the people of California want to have better leadership. They want to have great leadership. They want to have somebody that will represent them. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, young or old.
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
I talked about the need for American leadership, I talked about the importance of the United States to a more peaceful world, a world that has been quite turbulent in recent years, and needs a strong American anchor.
I think a captain is someone who captains on the cricket field but, most of the leadership that happens is off the cricket field. It’s very easy to captain people on the cricket field, but if you can start leading them off the cricket field, and show them that trust, what you have in them.
I think a major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experiences.
Margaret J. Wheatley
I think America has a responsibility to maintain its leadership in technology and its moral leadership in the world, to explore, to seek knowledge.
I think America has more than enough maturity and intelligence to start exercising its world leadership responsibly.
I think America is in trouble, but it’s not beyond repair. But it’s going to take leadership who sees the greatness of this country and who believes that, once again, we can be one nation under God.
I think as far as any kind of pressure on a football team or on an individual in professional sports really depends not only on that individual but the leadership they have on the team and the leadership they have on the coaching staff. A lot of times, they can divert some of those pressures off of the individual and off of the team.
I think Chinese leadership is trying to tell the world they have another set of logic or reasoning or values which are different from yours. Of course, I don’t think they believe that. It’s just an argument that’s made when you can’t confront the truth and facts. They really want to maintain power.
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.
I think for me, or for anyone who plays the quarterback position, it’s almost an unspoken word when you think about leadership. Some guys can be a leader and be a running back or a lineman, or wide receiver, strong safety, or linebacker. But when you speak of quarterbacks, it’s automatically a default that you’re supposed to be a leader.
I think it is important for people who are given leadership roles to assume that role immediately.
I think it is quite dangerous for an organisation to think they can predict where they are going to need leadership. It needs to be something that people are willing to assume if it feels relevant, given the context of any situation.
Margaret J. Wheatley
I think leadership is knowing what you want to achieve and then purposefully and sensibly taking steps to achieve it, remembering always that you have got to bring people with you if you are seeking to be a successful political leader.
I think leadership is more than just being able to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. It’s about character and integrity and work ethic.
I think leadership is not something you learn; it’s something you discover.
I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.
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.
I think our leadership team is a highly accountable leadership team.
I think part of being a good leader is listening skills, and I think a big part of leadership is the ability to delegate.
I think that all areas of the budget have to be scrubbed. Clearly the entitlement issues have to be reformed and that’s an issue that’s going to require I think some strong bipartisan cooperation and leadership.
I think that in any group activity – whether it be business, sports, or family – there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful.
I think that’s what’s thrilling about leadership – when you’re holding onto literally the worst possible hand on the planet and you know you’re still going to win. How are you still going to win? Because that’s when the character of the company really comes out.
I think the country requires fresh leadership. I do not think I can be the captain to take the country to its next destination.
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.
I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins.
I think the most important thing… is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young women and girls for a very long time, not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labeled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity.
I think there is an overwhelming support for campaign finance reform, and that includes conservatives and Republicans. Where the problem is is with the leadership; with the politicians who are benefiting from the big campaign contributions, and the dark money in the electioneering communications and so forth.
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.
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 think you need a leadership team that is absolutely ravenous to get at the truth.
I think you need to be intentional at times about your leadership – where you’re eating lunch, who you’re interacting with, making guys feel like you’re interested in what they’re doing. If it’s authentic, then it’s going to be an easy conversation and easy hangout time.
I very much believe in values-based leadership and that the values that I believe in and try to govern by are transcendent values.
I vividly remember a conversation I had many years ago in 1974, which marked a turning point in my leadership journey. I was sitting at a Holiday Inn with my friend, Kurt Campmeyer, when he asked me if I had a personal growth plan. I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t even know you were supposed to have one.
John C. Maxwell
I vote my conscience first and my constituents next, regardless of the direction of our leadership.
I want American Dream growth – lots of new businesses, well-paying jobs, and American leadership in new industries, like clean energy and biotechnology.
William J. Clinton
I want to see a player on the football field. I want to see what kind of teammate they are, what kind of leadership qualities they have. I want to see how aggressive they are, how much fun they have playing the game.
I want to use my position of leadership to help move along at a faster pace what I believe and know the Obama administration wants to do around the urgency of climate change.
I would say that one of the things that encouraged me so much when I became elected to the leadership was the letters I received from fathers of daughters, saying that, ‘My daughter can now do many more things because of what you did.’
I’d like to believe that achieving a leadership position is all about competency, capability and ambition, so I try not to distinguish between the sexes when it comes to giving career advice.
If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.
If an artist is driven primarily by social responsibility, I think the art probably suffers because, again, just as leadership has a rather defined end point or purpose, social responsibility would seem to have a very clear moral context.
If I come in, and you’re an employer, and I say, ‘Well, I was a sniper in the Marine Corps. Do you have any sniper positions open?’ ‘No.’ But if I told you that I was good at communication, good at leadership under stressful environments, team management, personnel management, leadership, being prompt, are stuff that I can bring to the table.
If I fail to remove Marcos and vindicate the people’s verdict by peaceful, nonviolent action, my methods will be discredited. And if anger persists, I will be marginalized, and others will take over leadership of the movement.
If I were not African, I wonder whether it would be clear to me that Africa is a place where the people do not need limp gifts of fish but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond. I wonder whether I would realize that while African nations have a failure of leadership, they also have dynamic people with agency and voices.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
If more women are in leadership roles, we’ll stop assuming they shouldn’t be.
If people want to get into leadership through corrupt practices, through corrupt means, I think that’s detestable; we have to take action.
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
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.
If we are to negotiate the coming years safely, we may need a new kind of leadership. To put it more precisely, we need the rediscovery of an ancient kind of leadership that has rarely been given the prominence it deserves. I mean the leader as teacher.
If you can provide the funding and you get the leadership, you’ll have a competitive team.
T. Boone Pickens
If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully.
If you don’t understand that you work for your mislabeled ‘subordinates’, then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.
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.
Harvey S. Firestone
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
If you want to get the most out of your men, give them a break! Don’t make them work completely in the dark. If you do, they won’t do a bit more than they have to. But if they comprehend, they’ll work like mad.
I’m all for ambition and stretch goals. I set them for myself. But leadership isn’t the same as cheerleading. Believing in something is a necessary but absolutely insufficient condition for making it come true.
I’m committed to winning. The leadership of the Liberal Party is always the gift of the parliamentary Liberal Party, and I never make any presumptions on it.
I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.
I’m sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control.
Margaret J. Wheatley
In a very real way, ownership is the essence of leadership. When you are ‘ridiculously in charge,’ then you own whatever happens in a company, school, et cetera.
In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy.
In fair weather prepare for foul.
In Georgia and around the country, people are striving for a middle class where a salary truly equals economic security. But instead, families’ hopes are being crushed by Republican leadership that ignores real life or just doesn’t understand it.
In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake – to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.
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 order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity.
Sandra Day O’Connor
In our system leadership is by consent, not command. To lead a President must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.
In the conversation about women in leadership, male voices are noticeably absent.
In the Navy, the captain doesn’t leave the bridge when the ship is in distress. It’s a pretty basic leadership principle.
In the South, there was absence of any leadership corresponding in breadth and courage to that of Abraham Lincoln.
W. E. B. Du Bois
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.
Inability to make decisions is one of the principal reasons executives fail. Deficiency in decision-making ranks much higher than lack of specific knowledge or technical know-how as an indicator of leadership failure.
John C. Maxwell
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Inspirational leaders need to have a winning mentality in order to inspire respect. It is hard to trust in the leadership of someone who is half-hearted about their purpose, or only sporadic in focus or enthusiasm.
Instead of begging OPEC to drop its oil prices, let’s use American leadership and ingenuity to solve our own energy problems.
Integrity is a very important and an almost indispensable virtue that all leaders must possess. This is especially true in the Philippine context because we Filipinos really respond to leadership by example.
Intelligence we gathered at the time indicated that this was in fact leadership and we struck the leadership.
It does make it very clear, you know, what can happen if you do have… the right people, the right skill mix, that are trained and they’re assembled in this team and they work together under the right leadership. You know, what a miracle can happen. And that’s what was the case of Apollo 13.
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.
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.
It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.
It is hubris that has gotten us into trouble in Washington. It is humility, principled leadership, and unwavering faith in the power of the states, the people, and our Constitution that will get us out.
It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.
It is the responsibility of leadership to provide opportunity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute.
It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.
It takes leadership to improve safety. And I started off the movement in my time, but the person who has done more over the past 20 to 30 years and who has led it is Professor Sid Watkins.
It’s a different era. Our job now is to show leadership and vision and to help the next generation of artists.
It’s a tremendous responsibility to be direct descendants of the prophet Muhammad. This family has had the burden of leadership on its shoulders for 1,400 years. I’m not going to drop the ball on my shift.
Abdullah II of Jordan
It’s very important in a leadership role not to place your ego at the foreground and not to judge everything in relationship to how your ego is fed.
Ruth J. Simmons
I’ve always maintained – a captain is only as good as his team. It is not about my leadership, it is not about me.
I’ve always voted Republican because America is exactly that, a republic. You can’t expect much leadership with a Democrat behind the desk their not even close to dual efficient.
I’ve been humbled by the strong support and deeply moved by the positive response from folks in every corner of North Carolina who agree we need new leadership.
I’ve got to tell you what, the soldier doesn’t fight very hard for a leader who is going to shoot him, okay, on his own whim. That’s not what military leadership is all about.
I’ve learned that positive thinking and encouragement are essential for leadership and progress.
Richard M. DeVos
Just as discipline and freedom are opposing forces that must be balanced, leadership requires finding the equilibrium in the dichotomy of many seemingly contradictory qualities between one extreme and another.
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.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Laurence J. Peter
Leaders grasp nettles.
Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
John C. Maxwell
Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.
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.
Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.
Leadership – mobilization toward a common goal.
Leadership and greatness comes to those who follow-through. Who stand for near-flawless execution.
Robin S. Sharma
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy
Leadership and punching above your weight doesn’t necessarily always have to mean gunboat diplomacy and bombing other countries into the stone age. It can actually mean leading by example, and helping other countries.
Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done.
Leadership can not be measured in a poll or even in the result of an election. It can only be truly seen with the benefit of time. From the perspective of 20 years, not 20 days.
Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.
Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.
Harold S. Geneen
Leadership can’t be fabricated. If it is fabricated and rehearsed, you can’t fool the guys in the locker room. So when you talk about leadership, it comes with performance. Leadership comes with consistency.
Leadership comes in small acts as well as bold strokes.
Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.
Lewis H. Lapham
Leadership consists of picking good men and helping them do their best.
Chester W. Nimitz
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.
Stanley A. McChrystal
Leadership demands that we make tough choices.
Leadership does matter.
Leadership does not depend on being right.
Leadership experts and the public alike extol the virtues of transformational leaders – those who set out bold objectives and take risks to change the world. We tend to downplay ‘transactional’ leaders, whose goals are more modest, as mere managers.
Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
Leadership has become a heavy industry. Concern and interest about leadership development is no longer an American phenomenon. It is truly global. Though I will probably be in less demand, I wanted to move on.
Leadership in telecommunications is also essential, since we are now in the age of e-commerce.
Leadership in today’s world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.
Leadership is a choice, not a position.
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.
Leadership is a matter of how to be – not how to do it.
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 a mindset that shifts from being a victim to creating results. Any one of us can demonstrate leadership in our work and within our lives.
Robin S. Sharma
Leadership is a position where you want to create the opportunity to inspire people to walk along beside you, not listen to what you say.
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.
Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating.
Leadership is about being a servant first.
Leadership is about doing the right thing, even if it going against a vast number of naysayers and mediocre people.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
Leadership is about having the courage to go against the advice of the so-called experts and doing what your instinct tells you is right.
Leadership is about making the right decision and the best decision before, sometimes, it becomes entirely popular.
Leadership is about stepping up when it’s the appropriate time and then making sure everyone knows that we’re all on the same page.
Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power.
Leadership is absolutely about inspiring action, but it is also about guarding against mis-action.
Leadership is absolutely vital if there are comparable countries which can affect the security of the world you live in. Between Lincoln and Roosevelt’s time, America was protected by huge oceans and, in practice, by the British navy. Today, it’s different, and the obsession of the Obama administration has been for retrenchment.
Leadership is all about emotional intelligence. Management is taught, while leadership is experienced.
Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.
Leadership is an act of submission to God. To be a leader means listening to all kinds of people and situations. Out of that listening, we are hoping to discern the mind of God as best we can. This is the price of leadership – it’s an act of sacrifice. So leadership is part and parcel of the work of submission to God.
Leadership is an active role; ‘lead’ is a verb. But the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout, and in a powerful hurry.
Leadership is an ever-evolving position.
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.
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.’
Jeffrey R. Immelt
Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.
J. Donald Walters
Leadership is being the best example you can be for your teammates. The guy that everybody can depend on on a nightly basis.
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.
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.
Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.
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 hard to train on.
Leadership is hard. It’s a skill. It’s a technique.
Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.
Leadership is influence.
John C. Maxwell
Leadership is inspiring extraordinary people to step up and serve their country.
Leadership is inspiring people. Management is keeping the trains running on time.
Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.
Omar N. Bradley
Leadership is more about clarity than it is about control.
Leadership is not a contest of likeability. Leadership often boils down to making the tougher choices. You are not in a popularity contest.
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.
Robin S. Sharma
Leadership is not a quantitative thing. People either smell it in you, or they don’t.
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.
Robin S. Sharma
Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.
Leadership is not about you; it’s about investing in the growth of others.
Leadership is particularly necessary to ensure ready acceptance of the unfamiliar and that which is contrary to tradition.
Leadership is possible in all different ways, and in all different areas of life. Whether it is with friends or family, I expect them to set a great example for me, and hopefully I will do the same for them. And that is all part of being a leader.
Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold S. Geneen
Leadership is service to others.
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.
Frederick W. Smith
Leadership is so defined by men, and we need to revise that – we need to be able to say that the people we honor are not the conquerors but the peacemakers.
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.
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.
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 the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.
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 unlocking people’s potential to become better.
Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives.
Leadership is, among other things, the ability to inflict pain and get away with it – short-term pain for long-term gain.
Leadership is… to make sure you never limit the idea or opportunity.
Leadership must be likeable, affable, cordial, and above all emotional. The fashion of authoritarian leadership is gone. Football is about life. You can’t be angry all day.
Vicente del Bosque
Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter what the project.
Leadership requires the ability to engage and to create empathy for communities with disparate needs and ideas. Telling an effective story – especially in romantic suspense – demands a similar skill set.
Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will benefit the next generation.
Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.
George W. Bush
Life isn’t easy, and leadership is harder still.
Walter Russell Mead
Mahatma Gandhi was someone who demonstrated the tremendous power of leadership by example.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.
Making those around you feel invisible is the opposite of leadership.
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Management’s job is to convey leadership’s message in a compelling and inspiring way. Not just in meetings, but also by example.
Mandela’s heroism is the heroism of a man who suffered so badly for what he thought of as freedom. And yet when he had the upper hand he has this incredible self-control and these incredible leadership qualities.
Market leadership can translate directly to higher revenue, higher profitability, greater capital velocity, and correspondingly stronger returns on invested capital.
Mary Jo and I have three teenagers who are in their last years at home. In addition, I was just offered and accepted a position with Williams College as a visiting lecturer on leadership beginning in February 2017, and anticipate accepting other academic positions shortly.
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.
Harry S Truman
Message to all you crazed parents desperately hiring tutors and padding your kid’s thin resume: Chillax. Attending an elite college is no guarantee of leadership, life success, or earnings potential.
Military veterans have unique skills, experience, and qualifications that are invaluable to today’s workforce, including teamwork and leadership skills, the proven ability to learn quickly, a strong work ethic, dedication, and the ability to work under pressure.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
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.
Most Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships and have opted for power and control instead. Many Christian empire-builders have been people unable to give and receive love.
Most leadership strategies are doomed to failure from the outset. As people have been noting for years, the majority of strategic initiatives that are driven from the top are marginally effective – at best.
Most leadership strategies are doomed to failure from the outset.
Most people associate command and control leadership with the military.
Margaret J. Wheatley
My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.
My four years in the Marine Corps left me with an indelible understanding of the value of leadership skills.
Frederick W. Smith
My height doesn’t define my skill set. To be a great quarterback, you have to have great leadership, great attention to detail and a relentless competitive nature – and I try to bring that on a daily basis.
My life path number is 7. One of the qualities is leadership. If I’m not being a leader, I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing.
My mother was in the Army Reserve for six years. She taught me the importance of following rules, finishing what I start, never giving up, leadership skills, teamwork, staying positive, motivated and how to pack the military way when I’m traveling!
My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.
My philosophy of leadership is to surround myself with good people who have ability, judgment and knowledge, but above all, a passion for service.
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.
Nelson Mandela, a better man, not a bitter man, made our world a better place in which to live. His life and leadership exemplify the highest courage, dignity, and dedication to human liberation.
Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.
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.
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 carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
W. Clement Stone
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.
Jim Yong Kim
No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
Michel de Montaigne
Nobody in a leadership level in American politics is trying to inspire the American people. Everybody needs to be goosed. The vast majority of people are not self-starters.
Not everybody is created equal, and it’s important for companies to identify those high potentials and treat them differently, accelerate their development and pay them more. That process is so incredibly important to developing first-class leadership in a company.
Anne M. Mulcahy
Now, if we look at the way in which the labor movement itself has evolved over the last couple of decades, we see increasing numbers of black people who are in the leadership of the labor movement and this is true today.
Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman
Often, sustainability is discussed only in the context of energy. Energy sustainability is essential – but the word has a much broader meaning. It means long-term thinking about how we manage our businesses, invest in social spending, and plan for the future. This requires vision and leadership, and it requires citizen engagement.
Once it gets to a point where it becomes a matter of life and death to occupy a position of leadership or not, with an eye on future opportunities, therein lies the danger.
One must be convinced to convince, to have enthusiasm to stimulate the others.
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.
One of the best teaching experiences Ed Schein and I had when we were teaching at MIT in the 1960s was inventing a course on leadership through film.
One of the joys of working with boys is that you get your pay as you go along. You can observe the results of your leadership daily… Such satisfaction cannot be purchased at any price; it must be earned.
Ezra Taft Benson
One of the most important things about leadership is that you have to have the kind of humility that will allow you to be coached.
Jim Yong Kim
One of the problems in the biotech world is the lack of women in leadership roles, and I’d like to see that change by walking the walk.
One of the sad truths about leadership is that, the higher up the ladder you travel, the less you know.
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
Arnold H. Glasow
One of the things you look for is leadership, and it comes in different forms. There’s vocal leaders, there’s quiet leaders, there’s leaders that lead by example.
One of the topics I’m most passionate about is servant leadership – the greatest leaders recognize that they’re here to serve, not to be served.
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.
One thing that somebody told me is that leadership is a lonely role – some people can do it, and some people can’t.
One thing we’ve talked a lot about, even in the first leadership meeting, was, what’s the purpose of our leadership team? The framework we came up with is the notion that our purpose is to bring clarity, alignment and intensity.
Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.
Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves.
E. Joseph Cossman
Our country needs a new generation of leadership, and I believe that Marco Rubio presents this nation with the greatest possibilities and opportunities to meet the challenges of the next generation.
Our leadership principles often have tension in them. And I think that’s actually a good thing and it makes sense.
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.
Overall, the challenge of leadership is both moral and one of developing the characteristics that make us respected by one another.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
John C. Maxwell
People invest in businesses that they believe have the leadership, mission and team to grow and operate profitably.
People look for their leadership to lead.
People looked up to us for our values and leadership. But today, they laugh as we are busy debating whether one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, was actually built by Indians.
People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
Positive leadership – conveying the idea that there is always a way forward – is so important, because that is what you are here for – to figure out how to move the organization forward. Critical to doing that is reinforcing the idea that everyone is included.
Power should be reserved for weightlifting and boats, and leadership really involves responsibility.
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.
Presidential leadership needn’t always cost money. Look for low- and no-cost options. They can be surprisingly effective.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser
Projecting weakness will not make us safer or discourage attacks against us. We need to show leadership and strength by demonstrating that we will not tolerate violent acts against our people, and we will not leave our citizens or our interests vulnerable to an attack.
Public office is supposed to be a public trust. This is a clear sign of the rampant corruption at the highest levels of the Republican leadership.
Put your leaders in stressful scenarios. Make them figure out solutions under pressure. See if you can make them frustrated, angry, and flustered, and then demand decisive leadership from them. They will be challenged at first, but they will get better over time.
Putin’s Russia is our adversary and moral opposite. It is committed to the destruction of the post-war, rule-based world order built on American leadership and the primacy of our political and economic values.
Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead.
Republican leadership in Congress let the energy companies write the energy bill that sent prices soaring, and has turned a blind eye to the struggles of working families trying to make ends meet.
Rotary provides training at all levels so that those who have been selected for leadership positions have the opportunity to learn and apply leadership principles to their jobs.
Ron D. Burton
Scott Walker has provided some really excellent leadership in Wisconsin.
Sena under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray has failed. It is a party on the decline, and that decline started the day Maharashtra Navnirman Sena was formed.
Servant leadership is the foundation and the secret of Sam Walton’s ability to achieve team synergy.
Service people are capable. They gain world-class professional skills while in uniform. They use those skills in the most challenging places, showing the kind of teamwork and leadership most of us can only dream of.
Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice.
So here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?
Some people feel, you make your case, if they listen to you, fine, if they don’t, that’s it. That’s not what leadership is. Leadership is trying to continue to make a case.
Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you’ll never sit. It may not happen fully till after I’m gone. But I know that the steps we’re taking are the right steps.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Sport fosters many things that are good; teamwork and leadership.
Strong convictions precede great actions.
James Freeman Clarke
Success in the revolution and construction depends on how a party, the General Staff of the revolution, is built and on how its leadership role is enhanced.
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.
Supporting the people in our businesses is what we need to be thinking about. It’s a no-brainer. It improves leadership. It improves productivity. It cultivates this entrepreneurship concept and improves retention.
Taking on a leadership role doesn’t mean that you only have to be personally ambitious.
Talent? Overrated. Leadership? Underrated.
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.
That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
That’s part of being a real citizen: always questioning your leadership, not only about what it is doing in your own country, but what it is doing elsewhere. Because it is connected.
The 9/11 Commission recently released their report, citing important changes which need to be made to improve our nation’s homeland security. I voiced my disappointment with the House leadership when this report was left until after the August recess for action.
The American president has a peculiar leadership responsibility to speak out for freedom.
The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
The art of communication is the language of leadership.
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.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
The atmosphere at my school was very competitive. Young girls were competing with each other every day for status, for leadership, for the affection of the teachers. I hated it.
The best thing you can do is learn from those mistakes so that you continue to get better. That’s the management style or leadership style I believe in, which is push people to their limit such that they can become better than they thought they could be. That certainly has helped me.
The biggest difference is in the leadership. It was better for us. We had more coaches and mentors to help us. A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction.
The biggest novelty of 2013 will be new leadership in China. Very little is known about the views of the new leaders – who will rule the country for ten years. But we do know they’re the first generation of Chinese leaders who have spent the majority of their lives in a China ‘opening up’ to the rest of the world.
The BJP members and their leadership have realized that the Bahujan Samaj Party’s policies are not anti-upper caste.
The book is actually called ‘A Mentor Leader, a Different Way to Lead.’ It really talks about my experience in the way I tried lead our football team, things that I learned from, basically, the coaches that I played for and my parents about leadership. And it is a little bit different, counter to maybe what society says about great leaders.
The British people know that, given strong leadership, time, and a little bit of hope, the forces of good ultimately rally and triumph over evil.
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 cautious seldom err.
The Chinese leadership hoped that the world would soon forget the Tiananmen Square massacre. Our job in Congress is to ensure that we never forget those who lost their lives in Tiananmen Square that day or the pro-democracy cause for which they fought.
The church wasn’t an organization in the first century. They weren’t writing checks or buying property. The church has matured and developed over the years. But for some reason, the last thing to change is the structure of leadership.
The cost of leadership is self-interest.
The Dalai Lama. He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes that happiness is the purpose of our lives. Through his teachings and leadership, he continues to make this world a better place in which to live.
The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.
J. Paul Getty
The Environment Committee’s leadership in advancing Connecticut’s implementation of TCI-P is a positive step in our state’s comeback and our commitment to a cleaner environment and modernized transportation system and infrastructure.
The essence of leadership is essentially taking the responsibility of trying to interpret the future to the present.
The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.
The fact is, when it comes to economic leadership, the Republicans have nothing to brag about. This isn’t what the American people want. They want to see progress that works for them.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt.
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
Charles de Gaulle
The greatest gift of leadership is a boss who wants you to be successful.
The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
Harvey S. Firestone
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.
The intersection of political analysis and Internet theory is a busy crossroad of cliche, where familiar rhetorical vehicles – decentralized authority, emergent leadership, empowered grass roots – create a ceaseless buzz.
The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers… Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.
The leadership lost its nerve. Instead of taking the lead in the reform movement… they pulled the plug on it. They tried and are still trying to return the church to the dry ice of the previous century and a half.
The legitimacy of the leadership depends on what that country thinks of its leaders.
The main tenet of design thinking is empathy for the people you’re trying to design for. Leadership is exactly the same thing – building empathy for the people that you’re entrusted to help.
David M. Kelley
The moral was, in time of anarchy, tough leadership is the only solution – even though the collateral damage may be heartbreaking. Mrs. Thatcher’s strident, take-no prisoners approach was in some ways repugnant, but it was surely necessary.
The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands.
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.
The nation’s chronic weakness is its political system, which is nearing dysfunction. If the U.S. can elect better political leadership, it should be able to manage problems better than most competitors.
The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.
The notion of ‘world leadership’ is a curiously archaic one. The very phrase is redolent of Kipling ballads and James Bondian adventures. What makes a country a world leader? Is it population, in which case India is on course to top the charts, overtaking China as the world’s most populous country by 2034?
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 one thing that the President can do is to establish a real energy independence plan. We have all the recources we need right here in this country to establish energy independence if we had the leadership.
The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.
The President’s speech suggested to me that were we to follow his leadership, we will be in Iraq not for months, but for years. I also hope I am wrong on this.
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.
The Republican leadership thinks the best way to avoid losing elections is to let the Democrats win every controversial issue.
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.
The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.
The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.
The sharp employ the sharp.
Douglas William Jerrold
The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?
Max de Pree
The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.
Mary Kay Ash
The State House is notorious for its crazy, unpredictable work hours – it’s a big reason why women are deterred from entering the legislature at all levels, and especially in leadership.
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.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
The things journalists should pay attention to are the issues the political leadership agrees on, rather than to their supposed antagonisms.
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.
The tradition that I come from has a great influence on Karnataka. Not just politically – it’s also my social and moral responsibility to draw citizens facing bad governance and lawlessness to a leadership that is capable of delivering good governance and development.
The trouble with the Labour Party leadership and the trade union leadership, they’re quite willing to applaud millions on the streets of the Philippines or in Eastern Europe, without understanding the need to also produce millions of people on the streets of Britain.
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
The very exercise of leadership fosters capacity for it.
The war and terrorism in the Middle East, the crisis of leadership in many of the oil-supply countries in the developing world, the crisis of global warming – all these are very clearly tied to energy.
The women’s movement in Korea is a Juche-oriented movement, which was pioneered by the great Comrade Kim Il Sung and which followed the proud road of development under the leadership of Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
The world is starving for original and decisive leadership.
Bryant H. McGill
The world is yearning for strong leadership and moral clarity; someone who knows the difference between good and bad.
The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.
There are a lot of good men out there who just need a little direction and leadership in order for them to offer what they have to young men and boys.
There are good leaders who actively guide and bad leaders who actively misguide. Hence, leadership is about persuasion, presentation and people skills.
There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
There are no ideas in the Republican Party right now in the Congress. They’re the party of no. They desperately need some intellectual leadership. And whatever you think of Newt Gingrich, he can supply intellectual leadership. So I hope he does run.
There are some members of the House leadership whose only mission in life is to demonize the president.
There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience.
There are times when leadership needs to take a bold move forward. And there are times when the leadership needs to act on the basis of what the grass roots say. You need to have your political thermometer constantly in the political waters to know when to give leadership in what way.
There are very few good examples of effective, nurturing leadership that unlocks people’s potential or even enthusiasm.
There has not yet been a major ground offensive battle… There are, we know, negotiations going on between the opposition forces and the Taliban leadership for surrender.
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.
Robin S. Sharma
There is a sense of call to take leadership roles. You’re serving people and submitting to God as best you can.
There is no finish line to leadership.
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.
There is no substitute for American leadership and exceptionalism.
Michael T. Flynn
There is nothing that Bitcoin can do which Ethereum can’t. While Ethereum is less battle-tested, it is moving faster, has better leadership, and has more developer mindshare.
There was great leadership in this country at the time of World War II. There was also unrelenting resolve at home, in America’s factories and on the farms, in the cities and the country.
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.
There’s the assumption being made by the national security advisers to the Obama administration that the North Korean leadership is not suicidal, that they know they will be obliterated if they attacked the United States. But I would point that everything in South Korea and Japan is well within range of what they might want to do.
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.
Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.
David Joseph Schwartz
This – the leadership of the mayor is crucial, because it is to the mayor that people will look to provide the vision, the energy, and the sense of confidence in the rebuilding and the recovery.
This is one of the major problems we have. By the way, it was endorsed by leadership on both sides of the aisle and both ends of the Capitol, by the NRA and also by the gun control groups.
This is the problem with the United States: there’s no leadership. A leader would say, ‘Police brutality is an oxymoron. There are no brutal police. The minute you become brutal you’re no longer police.’ So, what, we’re not dealing with police. We’re dealing with a federally authorized gang.
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.
To be elected president, you have to do more than tear down your opponents. You have to give the American people a reason to vote for you – a reason to hope – a reason to believe that under your leadership, America will be better.
To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
To me, leadership is about encouraging people. It’s about stimulating them. It’s about enabling them to achieve what they can achieve – and to do that with a purpose.
To my mind the election was stolen by George Bush and we have been suffering ever since under this man’s leadership.
To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.
To succeed, one must be creative and persistent.
John H. Johnson
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
Too many women don’t see themselves in senior leadership and so don’t push themselves to advance their careers as their male peer group do.
True leadership isn’t about having an idea. It’s about having an idea and recruiting other people to execute on this vision.
True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.
Turnaround or growth, it’s getting your people focused on the goal that is still the job of leadership.
Anne M. Mulcahy
Twenty-eight years in business and you understand the importance of problem solving and the importance of efficiency, because if you don’t become efficient, you don’t run a business well, and you are out of business. And I think some of those principles could be applied to leadership in Washington.
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.
Uncertainty is a permanent part of the leadership landscape. It never goes away.
Uncertainty is not an indication of poor leadership; it underscores the need for leadership.
Under President Trump’s leadership, illegal immigration was the lowest it had been in 17 years. The Trump administration achieved this success because they understood the actual problems and addressed them.
Under the leadership of this President, the state of the union is not strong. We are being pulled apart rather than pulling together. Our democracy is suffering from the choices being made, and yet we are offered the same tired excuses and unrealistic analyses.
Up until the time I was cast in ‘Star Trek,’ the roles were pretty shallow – thin, stereotyped, one-dimensional roles. I knew this character was a breakthrough role, certainly for me as an individual actor but also for the image of an Asian character: no accent, a member of the elite leadership team.
Veterans are especially appealing candidates in key swing districts. Veterans have credibility, not just with Democrats but with independents and Republicans as well. They’re the kind of people respected for their leadership, not just their politics.
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.
Washington’s answer to a self-inflicted financial crisis reminded Americans why they so deeply distrust the political class. The ‘fiscal cliff’ process was secretive and sloppy, and the nation’s so-called leadership lacked the political courage to address our root problems: joblessness and debt.
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.
We are looking for a set of personal characteristics that predict success, the first and foremost of which is perseverance in the face of challenges. We also look for the ability to influence and motivate others who share your values, strong problem-solving ability, and leadership.
We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.
We do need an attitude of leadership in our government which demonstrates faith in major population centres outside of Perth.
We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and particularly Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines.
We have to forget the past. History is something that even today we are paying the consequences, and the future is integration. We all as a people, as citizens, as the leadership of both countries should be looking in that direction.
We have to trust the voices of the community to be in leadership and know what we need for our communities.
We hire military veterans because they make great employees. They bring proven technical and leadership skills. They understand teamwork, and they’re adaptable. Bottom line, hiring veterans is good for business.
Randall L. Stephenson
We in the press, by our power, can actually undermine leadership.
We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity.
We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing, it’s more a business that’s out there and running riot, so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff.
We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity.
We need leadership in this country, which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger.
We need leadership. We don’t need a doubling down on the failed politics of the past.
We need real leadership, Democrat, Republican and independent to stand up and say, we have to live within our means.
We need to see kindness and we need to see empathy and compassion. That’s something we need to see in leadership as well.
We never used to blink at taking a leadership role in the world. And we understood leadership often required something other than drones and bombs. We accepted global leadership not just for humanitarian reasons, but also because it was in our own best interest. We knew we couldn’t isolate ourselves from trouble. There was no place to hide.
We the people have the strength to bring our country from our weak-kneed stumbling gait in the last ranks of reason to the leadership of the great march to environmental victory.
We were hoping Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America. That failed.
Well, I think that – I think leadership’s always been about two main things: imagination and courage.
What happened with Hurricane Katrina was the American electorate was forced to look at what lay behind the veneer of chest-beating. We all saw the consequences of having terrible government leadership.
What happens with a lot of leaders is that their leadership style is like ADD; they are all over the place with different ideas. They could be driving one idea forward but then move on to something else too soon.
What helps people, helps business.
What is important to me is that I’m not accountable to and not controlled by party leadership. At the end of the day, I’m able to make my own decisions according to what’s best for the community and the constituents I represent. It doesn’t depend on what the partisanship is to the right or to the left.
What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership.
What nourishes us at home and in school is what inspires us. When we get awareness and learn about the great potential that we all human beings have, we are able to discover our leadership.
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.
When Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership – not once, but twice – and defied the mainstream media’s expectations to gain Labour seats in the 2017 election, it was no surprise to those of us who have always backed Corbyn and his agenda for change.
When Labour leadership challenger Jess Phillips urged men to ‘pass the mic’ to a woman on the top job, telling Sky’s Sophy Ridge it would ‘look bad’ if Labour failed to elect a woman, she more or less admitted not being up to the job.
When one shows good leadership, good mentality and is a team-mate, all the others follow him, 100 per cent.
When placed in command, take charge.
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.
When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’
When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.
Roy E. Disney
When you’re in a leadership role, you can never please all of the people all of the time. There’s also a lot of responsibility that goes along with it that others may not realize.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
George Washington Carver
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.
With King Abdullah’s leadership and his people’s trust he can keep the kingdom stable and secure in all its affairs.
Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.
Women in leadership cannot cry without raising a storm of commentary.
Madeleine M. Kunin
Woodrow Wilson called for leaders who, by boldly interpreting the nation’s conscience, could lift a people out of their everyday selves. That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership.
James MacGregor Burns
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.
You can’t run a government from one single person. What instead matters is that leadership be about gathering around extraordinary individuals and getting the best out of them.
You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
You have no power at all if you do not exercise constant power.
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.
You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
You have to lead people gently toward what they already know is right.
You have to think anyway, so why not think big?
You know, John Wall and Vick are very similar. I’m not disputing their talent. I mean, Michael Vick and John Wall are fun to watch. But building my franchise around him, leadership position?
You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.
You watch television and see what’s going on on this debt ceiling issue. And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing’s going to get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress.
You’re only as good as the people you hire.
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