LEADERSHIP QUOTES

quotations about leadership

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Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who ... have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.

J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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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, attributed, The 101 Greatest Business Principles of All Time

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Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, attributed, Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership

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Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, attributed, The Paradox of Power

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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, attributed, Friday Night Light: Inspiration for the Game of Life

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Leadership is the willingness to put oneself at risk.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, Leadership Gold

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Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, Leadership Gold

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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, Ladies' Home Journal, Oct. 2008

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When we think we lead, we are most led.

LORD BYRON, The Two Foscari

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Leadership is not a starring role. True leadership describes unified action of leaders and followers (stakeholders) working together to jointly achieve mutual goals. It is collaborative.

GILBERT W. FAIRHOLM, Leadership and the Culture of Trust

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I like a leader who can, while pointing out a mistake, bring up the good things the other person has done. If you do that, then the person sees that you have a complete picture of him. There is nobody more dangerous than one who has been humiliated, even when you humiliate him rightly.

NELSON MANDELA, O: The Oprah Magazine, Apr. 2001

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Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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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, Ladies' Home Journal, Oct. 2008

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Leadership is evoking in others the capacity to dream.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, Leadership Gold

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Leaders are creatures of their environment, but unlike most creatures, they are also movers of it. As movers of and within the organization, they push it forward, at the same time shaping it as much as it shapes them.

JOHN BALDONI, Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders

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Leadership is defined not by the position you hold but by the people who follow you.

CHARLENE LI, Open Leadership

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Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff.

COLIN POWELL, "10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell", Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Our faith in the value of leadership is durable--it survives, again and again, our disappointment with actual leaders.

JOSHUA ROTHMAN, "Shut Up and Sit Down", The New Yorker, February 29, 2016

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Your choices as a leader can be the difference between a team that simply does what it is told and the volunteered commitment that leads to excellence.

RANDY PENNINGTON, "Leadership Choices for a Positive Future", Huffington Post, April 26, 2016

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