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Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone. Ferdinand E. Marcos

All business success rests on something labeled a sale, which at least momentarily weds company and customer. Thomas J. Peters

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult. Warren Bennis

The penalty of leadership is loneliness. H. Wheeler Robinson

It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won. John F. Kennedy

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

I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction. Richard M. Nixon

Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done. Vance Packard

An army of deer would be more formidable commanded by a lion, than a an army of lions commanded by a stag. Proverb

If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me! Francois De La Rochefoucauld

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum. Bishop Desmond Tutu

We are reformers in the spring and summer, but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, and conservers at night. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do your best to be the lead dog otherwise the view never changes. Anonymous

Leaders create an environment which everyone has the opportunity to do work which matches his potential capability and for which an equitable differential reward is provided. Elliott Jaques

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

When a blind man bears the standard, pity those who follow. French Proverb

It is the Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back. Lao-Tzu

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. Norman Schwarzkof

Great leaders understand human behavior rather than the cybernetics of any function. James Schorr

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. Winston Churchill

It is a characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top. Robert Lindner

There are no office hours for leaders. Cardinal J. Gibbons

There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present, in China or elsewhere. If there is one, he is only pretending, like a pig inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look like an elephant. Liu Shao-Ch'I

You can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think. Dorothy Parker

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

Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton

When placed in command -- take charge. Norman Schwarzkof

The best leader is the one who has the sense to surround himself with outstanding people and self-restraint not to meddle with how they do their jobs. Anonymous

Who has not served cannot command. John Florio

Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good. Norman Schwarzkof

Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers. Source Unknown Effective leaders are known by the questions they ask rather than the statements they make. Anonymous

If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Bible

The best leaders... almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols. Thomas J. Peters

Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God. Henry Kissinger

The measure of a great leader, is their success in bringing everyone around to their opinion twenty years later. Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you have fear of those that command you, spare those that obey you. Rabbi Ben Azai

If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct? Confucius

Leadership is action, not position. Donald H. Mcgannon

Leadership is like the old galley ships. 100s are rowing, but only one (the captain) knows where they are going. Anonymous

An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood. Napoleon Bonaparte

Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right. Lyndon B. Johnson

There is great force hidden in a gentle command. George Herbert

Popularity is not leadership. Richard Marcinko

If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you. Margaret Thatcher

Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it. Warren Bennis

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control. Tom Landry

A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward. Ovid

Among the blind the one eyed is king. Proverb

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear. Niccolo Machiavelli

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance. J. Donald Walters

The highest of distinctions is service to others. King George VI

Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving. Henry Ford

Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so. Thomas Carlyle

A leader knows what's best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it. Ken Adelman

When the best leader's work is done the people say, ''We did it ourselves.'' Lao-Tzu

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli

It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope. Pope John XXIII

A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader. Golda Meir

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too. Robert Half

The right man comes at the right time. Italian Proverb

Those who can command themselves command others. William Hazlitt

The well being of the people is the supreme law. Anonymous

To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men. Havelock Ellis

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun. John D. Rockefeller

Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate. Anonymous

The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests. Gail Sheehy

A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under. Sam Ervin

Ronald Reagan has held the two most demeaning jobs in the country; President of the United States and radio broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs. George F. Will

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes. Lewis Grizzard

A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities. Jules Ormont

One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers. James Humes

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate. William A. Ward

To lead people walk behind them. Lao-Tzu

Skill in the art of communication is crucial to a leader's success. He can accomplish nothing unless he can communicate effectively. Norman Allen

A crown, golden in show is but a wreath of thorns. John Milton

That is no use at all. What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong. Lord Melbourne

To be omnipotent but friendless is to reign. Percy Bysshe Shelley

That perfect bliss and sole felicity, the sweet fruition of an earthly crown. Christopher Marlowe

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. St. Augustine

No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself. Woodrow T. Wilson

Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. Thomas J. Peters

The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert. Vince Lombardi

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same. Henri B. Stendhal

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

Those that rule must hear and be deaf, must see and be blind. German Proverb

The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say We did it ourselves. Zen Saying

The lead dog gets the best view. The rest of the dogs view is butt ugly. Of course, the lead dog is also the first to fall into the ravine. Richard Saunders

Morale is faith in the man at the top. Albert S. Johnstone

The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive. Joe Batten

The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents. Amos Parrish

It is a great pity when the one who should be the head figure is a mere figure head. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Public sentiment is everything, without it nothing can fail, without it nothing can succeed. Abraham Lincoln

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

I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Lee Iacocca

Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack. Napoleon Bonaparte

Perhaps in His wisdom the Almighty is trying to show us that a leader may chart the way, may point out the road to lasting peace, but that many leaders and many peoples must do the building. Eleanor Roosevelt

Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers -- not their minds. Anonymous

Right or wrong, the customer is always right. Marshall Field

The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. Andre Maurois

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. Vince Lombardi

When a customer enters my store, forget me. He is king. John Wanamaker

We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. George S. Patton

Show me the leader and I will know his men. Show me the men and I will know their leader. Arthur W. Newcomb

When the leadership is right and the time is right, the people can always be counted upon to follow -- to the end at all costs. Harold J. Seymour

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

Leadership must be established from the top down. Sam Nunn

What you cannot enforce, do not command. Sophocles

The first thing a great person does, is make us realize the insignificance of circumstance. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average. Jim Rohn

It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved. Thomas Wolfe

The golden rule for every business man is this: ''Put yourself in your customer's place.'' Orison Swett Marden

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done. Ralph Lauren

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

Leadership is a serving relationship that has the effect of facilitating human development. Ted Ward

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack. Wayne Lukas

There is no necessary connection between the desire to lead and the ability to lead, and even less the ability to lead somewhere that will be to the advantage of the led. Bergen Evans

Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices. R. Buckminster Fuller

The person who renders loyal service in a humble capacity will be chosen for higher responsibilities, just as the biblical servant who multiplied the one pound given him by his master was made ruler over ten cities... B. C. Forbes

Managers are people who do things right; leaders are people who do the right thing. Warren Bennis

He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule. Seneca

Efficiency tends to deal with Things. Effectiveness tends to deal with People. We manage things, we lead people. Anonymous

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. James Crook

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, We did it ourselves. Lao-Tzu

I'm their leader, I've got to follow them. Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey. Denis Diderot

Ethics must begin at the top of an organization. It is a leadership issue and the chief executive must set the example. Edward Hennessy

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

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep. Charles Maurice De Talleyrand

'Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep. Miguel De Cervantes

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

I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar. Winston Churchill

Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it. John Naisbitt

Leadership is not a position. You are not a leader because you have the title of manager. Leadership is something that we earn from followers on a day to day basis. The EMS Manager Newsletter

It's important for the explorer to be willing to be led astray. Roger Von Oech

It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead -- and find no one there. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Every ruler is harsh whose laws is new. Aeschylus

A leader has been defined as one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. Anonymous

You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time. John Knox

Eagles don't flock, you have to find them one at a time. H. Ross Perot

No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor. Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Keep cool and you will command everyone. Justinian

Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are lead by trifles. Napoleon Bonaparte

Some men must follow, and some command, though all are made of clay. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table. Hubert H. Humphrey

Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one's self to the absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it. Harry S. Truman

Never do that by proxy which you can do yourself. Italian Proverb

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. Arnold H. Glasgow

The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow. Marian Anderson

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter F. Drucker

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better. Jim Rohn

When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary. Napoleon Bonaparte

Education is the mother of leadership. Wendell L. Willkie

I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them. Harold S. Geneen

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

True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders. Robert Townsend

Leaders are readers. Charles ''Tremendous'' Jones

The successful man doesn't use others, other people use the successful man, for above all the success is of service. Mark Caine

The real leader has no need to lead -- he is content to point the way. Henry Miller

Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm. Publilius Syrus

In the great mass of our people there are plenty individuals of intelligence from among whom leadership can be recruited. Herbert Clark Hoover

Leaders don't inflict pain -- they share pain. Max Depree

Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. Diogenes of Sinope

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too. Sam Rayburn

If you want to be comfortable -- take an easy job. If you aspire to leadership, take off your coat. Anonymous

A leader is a person you will follow to a place you wouldn't go by yourself. Joel A. Barker

Leadership is the activity of influencing people to cooperate towards some goal which they come to find desirable and which motivates them over the long haul. Orway Tead

When we think we lead we are most led. Lord Byron

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all. Dwight D. Eisenhower

A good leader needs to have a compass in his head and a bar of steel in his heart. Robert Townsend

The person who has no enemies has no followers. Don Piatt

Impatience is the cause of most of our irregularities and extravagances command by obeying. Motto

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

No affection and a great brain, these are the people to command the world. Benjamin Disraeli

There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two. Bertolt Brecht

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision. Henry Kissinger

A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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