120 Leadership Quotes
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No matter how gifted a leader is, his gifts will never reach their maximum potential without the application of self-discipline.
Not everyone will become a great leader, but everyone can become a better leader.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
Each member of your team has the potential for personal greatness; a leader’s job is to teach them how to do it.
An effective leader is very good at listening. It’s difficult to listen when you are talking.
A leader defined by intensity is a stronger leader. A leader ruled by emotions is weak, the team vulnerable.
The leader’s unending responsibility must be to remove every detour, every barrier to ensure that vision is first clear, and then real.
A company has only so much money and managerial time. Winning leaders invest where the payback is the highest. They cut their losses everywhere else.
Leadership can be taught.
There are very few leadership books; most deal with management.
A leader’s greatness is found in bringing out greatness in others.
All leaders and their organizations are visited by misfortune and bad luck. You will not be the exception to the rule.
“Woe is me” is not the theme song of an effective leader.
Great leaders are rarely ‘realistic’ by other people’s standards. They are, however, accurate and intelligent.
When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves'.
Show me a country or a company that is not doing well and I'll show you a bad leader.
Joseph E. Brooks
A leader has to take people from where they are to where they have never been before.
Whoever accepts mediocrity is a person who makes compromises. And when the leader makes a compromise, the rest of the company does too.
Charles Knight d'Emerson
To my mind, the quality of leadership is the single most important ingredient in the recipe for business success.
The big boss should be more Catholic than the Pope.
The superior leader gets things done with very little motion. He imparts instruction not through many words but through a few deeds. He keeps informed about everything but interferes hardly at all. He is a catalyst, and though things would not get done as well if he weren't there, when they succeed he takes no credit. And because he takes no credit, credit never leaves him.
Managers prefer to work with people, while leaders arouse emotion in people.
I start with premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honour and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate.
I never associate passion with the word manager, and I’ve never seen a leader without it.
Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.
I firmly believe my job is to walk around with a can of water in one hand and a can of fertilizer in the other and to make things flourish.
Trying to lead men from behind makes you a driver and not a leader.
George S Patton
It is easier to lead men just as it is easier to pull a log chain. You cannot push a log chain and you cannot push troops. The troops will keep running back to you for instructions – really from fear.
George S Patton
A leader has to be ahead of his men. You’ve got to know what is going on all the time.
George S Patton
You young lieutenants have to realize that your platoon is like a piece of spaghetti. You can’t push it. You’ve got to get out in front and pull it.
George S Patton
Leaders are those who have replaced fear with discernment, which means they can predict the inevitable.
A true team leader has a high self esteem, high confidence, empathy – spiritual things that come from someone who is at peace with themselves.
[On a shop team] If the leader of that team felt genuine ownership of that business, imagine what a competitor would have to do to knock you off. They would have to be awfully good to attack 20,000 people who vehemently believed that they had ownership in the business.
Big obligations make good leaders. But good leaders also take on big obligations.
At the critical moment, the leader of an army acts like one who has climbed up a height and then kicks away the ladder behind him. He carries his men deep into hostile territory before he shows his hand. He burns his boats and breaks his cooking-pots; like a shepherd driving a flock of sheep, he drives his men this way and that, and none knows whither he is going. To muster his host and bring it into danger- this may be termed the business of the general.
I have no complex about wealth. I have worked hard for my money, producing things people need. I believe that the able industrial leader who creates wealth and employment is more worthy of historical notice than politicians and soldiers.
John Paul Getty
A good demonstration is more effective than a great description.
A great leader is a teacher who is a lifelong student.
We are all leaders of something in life. You are a leader. Start leading, and the others will soon follow.
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