Quotations: Leadership

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Marian Anderson

Where there is no leadership the people fall, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

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

Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better.
Bill Bradley

Not even a great leader can get very far without great people to lead.
Ashleigh Brilliant

The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
James Buchanan

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.
George Bush

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
Andrew Carnegie

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

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
Dwight David Eisenhower

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
Harvey S. Firestone

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

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
Indira Gandhi

A man cannot govern a nation if he cannot govern a city; he cannot govern a city if he cannot govern a family; he cannot govern a family unless he can govern himself; and he cannot govern himself unless his passions are subject to reason.
Hugo Grotius

To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.
William Hazlitt

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.
Theodore Hesburgh

The German has not the slightest notion how a people must be misled if the adherence of the masses is sought.
Adolph Hitler

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

The only real training for leadership is leadership.
Anthony Jay

It's the price of leadership to do the thing you believe has to be done at the time it must be done.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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

Great leadership does not mean running away from reality. Sometimes the hard truths might just demoralize the company, but at other times sharing difficulties can inspire people to take action that will make the situation better.
John Kotter

We know that leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership.
John Kotter

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.
Tom Landry

Ah well! I am their leader, I really ought to follow them!
Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin

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

Enduring setbacks while maintaining the ability to show others the way to go forward is a true test of leadership.
Nitin Nohria

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

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 them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Colin Powell

Leadership must be established from the top down.
Sam Rayburn

If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone 'America died from a delusion that she had moral leadership'.
Will Rogers

Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church.
Eleanor Roosevelt

I had the patriotic conviction that, given great leadership of the sort I heard from Winston Churchill in the radio broadcasts to which we listened, there was almost nothing that the British people could not do
Margaret Thatcher

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S Truman

Education is the mother of leadership.
Wendell L. Willkie

Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.
William Arthur Wood

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