Quotes About Leadership

I like the definition of leadership by Alan Keith at Wikipedia. It says that leadership is "ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen." This seems to be the essence of the concept. Leadership is a personal trait, the ability to create a way for people and also willingness within them to follow you.

Good leaders are usually made and not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. See for yourself what others said and wrote about leadership through quotes and sayings below.

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"There is no shame in taking orders from those who themselves have learned to obey." William Edward Forster

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter Drucker

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

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

"There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader." Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

"A leader leads by example not by force." Sun Tzu

"When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out." Napoleon Bonaparte

"Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table." Hubert Horatio Humphrey

"The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such." Andre Maurois

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

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

"Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers." Dee Hock

"A team is a reflection of its leadership." Ryan Setzer

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

"Most bosses know instinctively that their power depends more on employee's compliance than on threats or sanctions." Fernanda Bartolme

"I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team." Lee Iacocca

"A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group." Russell H. Ewing

"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails." John Maxwell

"It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them." Tiberius Caesar

"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion." Jack Welch

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

"Most bosses know instinctively that their power depends more on employee's compliance than on threats or sanctions." Fernanda Bartolme

"Great leaders inspire. They maintain a hopeful attitude, even in the face of discouraging setbacks, constant criticism and abundant opposition. People don't follow discouraged leaders. They follow those who persist with hope." Rick Warren

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter Drucker

"There is no shame in taking orders from those who themselves have learned to obey." William Edward Forster

"Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I cxall the 'ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome.' You must be willing to fire." George S. Patton

"I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it." Harry S. Truman

"God so loved the world that he didn't send a committee." Mervyn Stockwood

"Leadership is about making something happen that wasn't going to happen anyway in the default future." Dave Logan

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

"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." Sam Walton

"We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors." Lyndon B. Johnson

"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." Sam Walton

"A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example." Joseph Paul 'Joe' DiMaggio

"To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going." Joe Namath

"A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done." Ralph Nader

"People are smarter than you think. Give them a chance to prove themselves." Tim Ferriss

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

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

"If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example." Ingvar Kamprad

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

"Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them." Stephen Covey

"Leading means running fast enough to keep ahead of your people." S. M. Stirling

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

"How can one govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?" Charles De Gaulle

"Great leaders genuinely care for and love the people they lead more than they love leading itself. Leadership without love degenerates into self-serving manipulation." Rick Warren


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