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Leadership Quotes

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


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


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.  ~ Ronald Reagan


If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.  ~ Henry David Thoreau


Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.  ~ Dolly Parton


Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.  ~ John F. Kennedy


I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?  ~ Benjamin Disraeli


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


Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.  ~ George S. Patton Jr.


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


You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


The ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people.  ~ Lao Tzu


Even if it's your dog, you've got authority over somebody. Start treating him better.  ~ Joyce Meyer


Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.  ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.  ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


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


Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.  ~ Groucho Marx


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


Your first and foremost job as a leader is to take charge of your own energy and then help to orchestrate the energy of those around you.  ~ Peter F. Drucker


A leader is a dealer in hope.  ~ Napoleon Bonaparte


Some leaders are born women.  ~ Geraldine Ferraro


Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.  ~ Abraham Lincoln


The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.  ~ Kenneth H. Blanchard


Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.  ~ Harry S. Truman


It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.  ~ Henry David Thoreau


To lead the people, walk behind them  ~ Lao Tzu


The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.  ~ Tony Blair


Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.  ~ John C. Maxwell


We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.  ~ Whoopi Goldberg


A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.  ~ John Updike


Leaders, true leaders, take responsibility for the success of the team, and understand that they must also take responsibility for the failure.  ~ Donald Trump


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


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