Leadership Quotes

Posted by Vebra on May 13, 2012

The question, 'Who ought to be boss?', is like asking, 'Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?' Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
- Henry Ford

Knowing where to lead people is not the same as convincing them to follow you.
- Douglas H. Everett

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

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
- Ray Kroc

Remember that it is far better to follow well than to lead indifferently.
- John G. Vance

Whoever has the greatest command of the language holds the power.
- Susan Johnson

When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing they are as clever as you.
- Irving Layton

The ability to keep a cool head in an emergency, maintain poise in the midst of excitement, and to refuse to be stampeded are true marks of leadership.
- R. Shannon

Speaking of leadership is talking about the actors of reform. It is so clear, based on presented studies, that the decisions to carry out the reform agenda are taken by top elected officials and top-level bureaucrats, a group of players that are commonly driven by their unrestrained self-interests.
- Defny at University of Indonesia

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
- Bill Gates

People are definitely a company's greatest asset. It does not make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.
- Mary Kay Ash

I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
- Bill Gates

Group discussion is very valuable. Group drafting is less productive.
- Jon Postel

Management works in the system. Leadership works on the system.
- Stephen R. Covey

No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.
- Calvin Coolidge

Rule 300 of obscure leadership, if it's your idea, you get to implement it.
- Leland Exton Modesitt Jr.

Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is we'll find it.
- Sam Levenson

Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
- Robertson Davies

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

You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
- William Henry Hudson

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

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
- Charles De Gaulle

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
- Bill Gates

There's no road map on how to raise a family. It's always an enormous negotiation.
- Meryl Streep

Leadership is not about changing the mindset of the group, but in the cultivation of an environment that brings out the best and inspires the individuals in that group.
- Arthur F. Carmazzi

The first thing successful leaders must do is carefully assess the political culture of his or her group, and understand how it affects the distribution of power resources that will be available and the costs of their use.
- Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

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.
- Vince Lombardi

The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.
- Elaine Agather

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.
- Max DePree

A new leader has to be able to change an organization that is dreamless, soulless and visionless... someone's got to make a wake up call.
- Warren Bennis

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
- Jack Welch

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
- John C. Maxwell

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him; worst when they despise him.
- Lao-tsu

When a girl ceases to blush, she has lost the most powerful charm of her beauty.
- Gregory I

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
- Ray Kroc

Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.
- Warren G. Bennis

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

There is no leader without at least one follower- that’s obvious. Yet the modern leadership industry, now a quarter-century old, is built on the proposition that leaders matter a great deal and followers hardly at all.
- Harvard Business Review, Harvard University

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

Lead and inspire people. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.
- Ross Perot

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
- Jim Rohn

One of the hardest tasks of leadership is understanding that you are not what you are, but what you're perceived to be by others.
- Edward L. Flom

No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place.
- Philip Armour

An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy.
- Benjamin Stolberg

Keep a cool head and maintain a low profile. Never take the lead but aim to do something big.
- Deng Xiaoping

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
- Daniel Defoe

I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
- Theodore Roosevelt

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
- Theodore M. Hesburgh

Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.
- Lewis H. Lapham

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
- Colin Powell

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

The art of leading, in operations large or small, is the art of dealing with humanity, of working diligently on behalf of men, of being sympathetic with them, but equally, of insisting that they make a square facing toward their own problems.
- S. L. A. Marshall

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

InspirationalQuotes.Asia Updated: May 13, 2012