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Leadership quotes and quotations

Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present, and keep the promise to posterity. Peter Ferdinand Drucker -Harold J. Seymour.
Harold J. Seymour

A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers. Tacitus
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Winston Churchill

What luck for rulers that men do not think.
Adolf Hitler

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

To lead the people, walk behind them.

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says, 'I was beaten'; he does not say 'My men were beaten.'.
Antoine De Saint-exupery

The only test of leadership is that somebody follows.
Robert K. Greenleaf

A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.
Author Unkown

The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself.
Andre Malraux

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

The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, 'Go!' -a leader says, 'Let's go!'.
E. M. Kelly

The leader who exercises power with honor will work from the inside out, starting with himself.
Blaine Lee

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
Walter Lippmann

The great leaders are like the best conductors - they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
Blaine Lee

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
Max De Pree

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
Walter Lippmann

The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
Andre Maurois

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The crowd gives the leader new strength.

Faith in the ability of a leader is of slight service unless it be united with faith in his justice.
George Goethals

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

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
Lee Iacocca

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
Peter Drucker

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
Thomas J. Watson

A leader may symbolize and express what is best in people, like Pericles, or what is worst, like Hitler, but he cannot successfully express what is only in his heart and not in theirs.
Charles Yost

Sunwands turn rain droplets into blackberry drupelets as enkindled okra seeds acknowledge heliocracy.
Saiom Shriver

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
Sam Rayburn

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Marian Anderson

Leadership is the ability to hide your panic from others.

The very essence of leadership is [that] you have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore Hesburgh

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Warren G. Bennis

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

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

To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against. -Christina Baldwin.
Christina Baldwin

American philanthropic custom owes much to leadership by business and professional people.
Robert L. Payton

A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
Charles De Gaulle

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

Leadership is influence.
John C. Maxwell

Leadership is an action, not a position.
Donald H. McGannon

Leadership is the ability of a single individual through his or her actions to motivate others to higher levels of achievement.
F. G. “Buck” Rodgers

Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.
Jim Rohn

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

Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.
Publius Syrus

Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.
Harold S. Geneen

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
Jesse Jackson

The main characteristics of effective leadership are intelligence, integrity or loyalty, mystique, humor, discipline, courage, self sufficieny and confidence. -James L. Fisher.
James L. Fisher

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do in order to achieve what they want to achieve.
Tom Landry

Dictators are rulers who always look good until the last ten minutes.
Jan Masaryk

Leadership is the special quality which enables people to stand up and pull the rest of us over the horizon.
James L. Fisher

It is a characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top.
Robert Lindner

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.
Ferdinand Edralin Marcos

A frightened captain makes a frightened crew.
Lister Sinclair