Leadership Quotes

by | July 7, 2013

Here is a compilation of some quotes on leadership that I like.  It is far from being extensive … enjoy!

“Real leaders know the difference between leading and commanding. Leading results in people wanting to follow your commands. Commanding results in people having to follow your leadership. Which of those two are most likely to be motivated to succeed?” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves” Anonymous

“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

“Talent vs Genius – Talent hits the target that others can not hit; Genius hits the target that others can not see”

“I will study and prepare myself, and someday my chance will come.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized!”- Sun Tzu; The Art of War

“I hear and I think, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” – Confucius

“Knowledge must become capability.”- Karl Von Clausewitz – On War

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even
though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor timid spirits
who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight
that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble.” –Rudyard Kipling

“Large skepticism leads to large understanding. Small skepticism leads to small understanding. No skepticism leads to no understanding.” –Xi Zhi

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” –Babe Ruth

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals; adjust the action steps.” –Confucius

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. – William Jennings Bryan

Opportunities multiply as they are seized; they die when neglected. – John Wicker

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader. – Max DePree – Leadership is an Art

“Efficiency is doing the right thing. Effectiveness is doing the thing right” – Peter Drucker

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” –  Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Effectiveness comes about through enabling others to reach their potential

Encourage roving leadership

Leadership is the “Interception of entropy”

“In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.” – John. F. Kennedy

“We cannot afford to do everything, nor can we afford to lack boldness as we meet the future.” – Jimmy Carter

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is carried out.” – Ronald Regan

“Efficiency: making toast by putting over a fire is efficient.  Effectiveness: making toast consistently well by putting it in a toaster is effective.  Productivity: making toast in a multi-slice toaster when you need more than one slice while you’re boiling an egg and frying hash browns is productive.” Julie Journitz

“When you conclude that talent, though not quite a myth, is certainly overrated, you start to realize that you never need to see yourself as below anyone.  Instead believe only that you don’t yet have the experience that the other person does, then find a way to get it.”  @chrisbrogan and Julien Smith from Trust Agents p.56-58

“Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to pardon.” Sir Francis Bacon

@mwbuckingham: ‘Follower’ is not the opposite of ‘leader.’ The opposite of ‘leader’ is ‘pessimist.'”

You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do. -Henry Ford

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