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Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.


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

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.

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

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.

Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.

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

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.

Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.

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

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

A leader is useless when he acts against the promptings of his own conscience.

As we look ahead into the next century leaders will be those who empower others.

The object of the superior man is truth.

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success, leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

If you're looking for the safe choice, you shouldn't be supporting a black guy named Barack Obama to be the next leader of the free world.

To add value to others one must first value others.

Leadership is influence.

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.

Heroism on command, senseless violence and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

Humans are basically good, but easily corrupted by poor leadership.

George Washington as a boy was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.

Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear.

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.

Yes, in all my research the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.

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.

You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.

Character matters, leadership descends from character.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it no real success is possiblem no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army or in an office.

Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things.

I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation, if the forces of history are running in another direction.

You gain strength courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

Eleanor Roosevelt

Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked, leadership is defined by results not attributes.

Americans still believe in an America where anything's possible - they just don't think their leaders do.

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline carrying it out.

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.

Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching, but also without attempting to play God.

Elected leaders who forget how they got there, won't the next time.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.

World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader, or that king, or prince, or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.

The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults and everyone sees them, they change and everyone looks up to them.

They should rule who are able to rule best.

If you lead the people with correctness who will dare not be correct?

Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Example is leadership.

It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws.

Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal or any goal.

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.

People want to listen to a message word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody. I am not a leader. Messenger. The words of the songs, not the person is what attracts people.

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.

Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.

I never had a policy, I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.

Leadership to me means duty, honor country. It means character and it means listening from time to time.

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.

Leadership, leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.

No one loves the man whom he fears.


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.

My grandfather had the highest regard for your grandfather as a wartime leader

We started out at a very young age setting goals ... Lance wasn't a follower he was a leader. All his friends went off to college and Lance said all he wanted to do was ride his bike.

There's a void of leadership in a lot of Washington. I think one of the reasons why there's so much angst across the country.

One leader one people signifies one master and millions of slaves.

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.

It's time to stop thinking of the Republican Party as an exclusive club where your ideological card is checked at the door and start thinking about how we can attract more solution-based leaders like Nathan Fletcher and Anthony Adams.

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.

The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.

I'm glad I'm not Brezhnev. Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin. You never know if someone's tape recording what you say.

If an individual wants to be a leader and isn't controversial that means he never stood for anything.

My leadership will end the Obama era and begin a new era of American prosperity.

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads and the boss drives.

If a superior give any order to one who is under him, which is against that man's conscience, although he do not obey it, yet he shall not be dismissed.

You're not a leader if you haven't been elected.

In countries where innocent people are dying the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.

Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you're feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.

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

The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance.

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.

I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect.

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.

The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.

The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in and give it to them.

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.

Peter Drucker

It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion, it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.

A man must have a very good opinion of himself when he asks people to leave their own fireside and encounter such a day as this for the sake of coming to see him. He must think himself a most agreeable fellow.

What we heard today was not fiscal leadership from our Commander-in-Chief, what we heard today was a political broadside from our Campaigner-in-Chief.

I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.

In other words don't expect to always be great. Disappointments failures and setbacks are a normal part of the lifecycle of a unit or a company and what the leader has to do is constantly be up and say 'we have a problem let's go and get it'.

It is after all the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.

Presidential leadership needn't always cost money. Look for low- and no-cost options. They can be surprisingly effective.

What's missing is leadership in the White House. And the story that Barack Obama does tell forever shifting blame to the last administration is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago - isn't it about time he assumed responsibility?

I'm not against screens or new songs or innovation. I just don't like the gimmicks. I want to know when worship is over that that leader's sole purpose was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

Leaders in all spheres who are living with HIV should be encouraged not coerced to lead by example and disclose their HIV status.

Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.

I don't have any comment on who the people of Russia choose to be their leaders.

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say 'We did it ourselves.'

A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.

I am a leader by default only because nature does not allow a vacuum.

People don't always want to have females as leaders.

Leaders come in many forms with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence some in judgment some in courage.

John W. Gardner

The country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We have to offer an alternative vision.

Internationally President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America's role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must - and will - lead the future.

Mitt Romney

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.

No matter how vast how total the failure of man here on earth the work of man will be resumed elsewhere. War leaders talk of resuming operations on this front and that but man's front embraces the whole universe.

The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.

If the parent is a drunkard a gambler and a cheat no amount of textbook ethics can cure the sons. I like children and the young innocence. I will not allow them to be blamed. The fault lies wholly on the shoulders of the elders, the parents and the leaders who shape the norms which they imbibe.

I was not a messiah but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.

My role in society or any artist's or poet's role is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher not as a leader but as a reflection of us all.

I think whether you're having setbacks or not the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude.

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial and uninformed.

I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts of our forests of all our great wildernesses.

So here's the question: Without a change in leadership why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?

Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate. And that's where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency.

We can't allow the world's worst leaders to blackmail threaten hold freedom-loving nations hostage with the world's worst weapons.

George W. Bush

The principles that made this nation a great and powerful leader of the world have not lost their meaning. They never will. We know we can bring this country back. I'm Mitt Romney. I believe in America. And I'm running for president of the United States.

Most foreign policies that history has marked highly in whatever country have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.

A leader who confines his role to his people's experience dooms himself to stagnation, a leader who outstrips his people's experience runs the risk of not being understood.

The biggest mistake that leaders can make is to give people false hope that melts like snow.

The secret to understanding me is I'm not trying to be anybody other than who I actually am. People want candid refreshing leadership. And I've always tried to go with solutions. You know I've always tried to say here's how we get our economy growing here's why we get our debt under control. That's what Mitt Romney is offering.

Paul Ryan

There is a consensus of willing leaders from both parties coalescing around the right way forward in health care. Reform should address government-imposed inequities and barriers to true choice and competition.

I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much the leader, he was the quickest wit and the smartest.

The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.

Woodrow Wilson

I always believe the rule by king or official leader is outdated. Now we must catch up with the modern world.

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

You are priests not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.

He's the most recognizable American rider in the sport today. At the races men women and children crowd around the Discovery bus to see George. He's the leader of this team.

We would very much like to see Iran take a position as a responsible leader that doesn't intimidate or threaten or scare its neighbors and others. But the choice is really up to Iran and we're going to keep working to try to come out with the right decision.

We need leadership. We don't need a doubling down on the failed politics of the past.

When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity their talents in the construction of the state will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators, the instruments not the guides of the people.

Edmund Burke

Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions.

Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves - who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.

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

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing more to fear from them then he is always stirring up some war or other in order that the people may require a leader.

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 making this acquisition of Business Wire we have followed our blueprint of buying profitable companies that are industry leaders yet have significant growth potential.

Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are how much your contribution has been valued what massive potential you have and in recognition of all this would you mind having your salary halved.

Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.

If a leader doesn't convey passion and intensity then there will be no passion and intensity within the organization and they'll start to fall down and get depressed.

Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish. Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit.

My feeling is if you're going to be a leader you have to carefully assess where people are and where people want to go.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Albert Einstein

When the best leader's work is done the people say 'We did it ourselves.'

Lao Tzu

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.

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.

Of course there is no question that Libya - and the world - will be better off with Gaddafi out of power. I along with many other world leaders have embraced that goal and will actively pursue it through non-military means. But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.

We can be successful leaders only if we are disciplined followers who do not issue commands to others but rather set an example of service in our actions.

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.

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.

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?

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

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.

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss; in the Republican Party he is a leader.

There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob, all authority is equally bad.

Study the lives of our great women who were models of patience, fortitude, compassion and sacrifice. I desire that you should take up the reins of leadership and bring peace and prosperity to the nation by leading ideal lives.

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage, which in the past has been brought to public life, is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.

We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union. Founder of the Republican Party.

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.

The words spoken by the leader of the free world can expand the frontiers of freedom or shrink them. When Ronald Reagan called on Gorbachev to "tear down this wall " a surge of confidence rose that would ultimately breach the bounds of the evil empire.

Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can't find the work they studied for or any work at all. So here's the question: Without a change in leadership why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?

Hope and change? We're not doing that anymore. They're doing attack and blame. And so I just think people are going to see through this. They want real leadership. They want us to get this country on the right track.