leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut
argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody
can understand. -Colin
is not so much about technique and methods as it is about
opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of
oneself and of
others. Great leadership is about human experiences,
Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human
comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others.
It is an attitude, not a routine.
suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib
It is not "making friends and influencing people",
that is flattery. Leadership is
lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a
to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond
its normal limitations.
your actions inspire others to
more, learn more, do
you are a leader. -John Quincy Adams
are ambitious and rational and proud. And we don't
fall in line with people who don't respect us and who we
don't believe have our best interests at heart. We are
willing to follow leaders, but only to the extent that we
believe they call on our best, not our worst.
lead people, walk beside them . . . As for the best leaders,
the people do not
notice their existence. The next best, the people
honor and praise.
The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate . .
. When the best
leader's work is done the people say, "We did it
|Leadership must be based on goodwill.
Goodwill does not mean posturing and,
least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious
and wholehearted commitment
to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear,
tired of leaders we love,
and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with
them. What we need for leaders
are people of the heart who are so helpful that they, in
effect, do away with the need
of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of
a job, never out of followers.
Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving
it away. -James B. Stockdale
you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.
When you become a leader, success is all about growing
important, leaders can
and articulate goals
that lift people
out of their petty preoccupations and
them in pursuit of objectives
worthy of their best efforts.
most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born--that
a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that
people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense;
in fact, the
opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
leader takes people where they want to go. A great
leader takes people
where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be.
|The leaders who work most effectively, it
seems to me, never say "I." And that's
not because they have trained themselves not to say
"I." They don't think "I."
They think "we"; they think
"team." They understand their job to be to make
the team function. They accept responsibility and don't
sidestep it, but "we" gets
the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to
get the task done.
-Peter F. Drucker
|I never had much faith in leaders. I am
willing to be charged with almost anything,
rather than to be charged with being a leader. I am
suspicious of leaders, and especially
of the intellectual variety. Give me the rank and file
every day in the week. If you go
to the city of Washington, and you examine the pages of the
you will find that almost all of those corporation lawyers
and cowardly politicians,
members of Congress, and mis-representatives of the
masses--you will find that almost
all of them claim, in glowing terms, that they have risen
from the ranks to places of
eminence and distinction. I am very glad I cannot make
that claim for myself. I would
be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks.
When I rise it will be
with the ranks, and not from the ranks.
-Eugene V. Debs
|The task of leaders is to get their people
where they are to where they have not been.
|Leaders are more powerful role models when
they learn than when they teach.
-Rosabeth Moss Kantor
|Leadership means not giving orders
but giving of yourself.
-East African Tribal Proverb
|Divorced from ethics, leadership is
reduced to management and politics to mere technique.
-James MacGregor Burns
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can never close the gap between themselves and the group. If
they do, they are no longer what they must be. They must
walk a tightrope between the consent they must win and the control
they must exert. -Vince Lombardi
|A leader must
have the courage to act against an expert's advice.
|I cannot trust one to control
others who cannot control him or herself.
-Robert E. Lee
real leader has no need to lead--he or she is content to point the
way. -Henry Miller
is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
-Harold S. Geneen
should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who
would be affected by it. -Marian Anderson
|The final test of leaders is
that they leave behind them in other people the conviction and the
will to carry on. The genius of good leaders is to leave
behind them situations which common sense, with the grace of
genius, can deal with successfully.
people who are worthy of being leaders of others will never
complain about the stupidity of their helpers, the ingratitude of
human beings, or the inappreciation of the public. They are
all a part of the great game of life. To meet them and
overcome them and not go down before them in disgust,
discouragement, or defeat, that is the final proof of
power. -William Boetcher
|I am convinced
that any feeling of exaltation because we have people under us
should be conquered, for I am sure that if we enjoy being over
people, there will be something in our manner which will make them
dislike being under us.
Mary Parker Follett
Leaders and followers are both following the invisible leader--the
A leader's job often includes changing your people's
attitudes and behavior. Some suggestions to
Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other
Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
Let the other person save face.
Praise the slightest improvement and praise every
improvement. Be "hearty in your approbation and
lavish in your praise."
Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to
Make the other person happy about doing the things you
ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader
works in the open, and the boss is covert. The leader leads,
and the boss drives. -Theodore Roosevelt
know their strengths and weaknesses as leaders are likely to be
far more effective that the ones who remain blind to them.
They are also on the road to humility--that priceless attitude of
openness to life that can help a manager absorb mistakes,
failures, or personal shortcomings. -John
|Leaders create an environment
in which everyone has the opportunity to do work which matches
their potential capabilities and for which an equitable
differential reward is provided. -Elliott
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