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Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means. Albert Einstein, physicist

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. Steve Jobs, businessman

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example. John Wooden, coach

In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. Max De Pree,

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. Ralph Nader, lawyer

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, coach

If you get too far in front of your troops, you start looking like the enemy. Anonymous,

A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him. John C. Maxwell, clergyman

The person who lives with cripples will soon learn to limp. Italian Proverbs,

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

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep. CharlesMaurice de Talleyrand,

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

My philosophy of leadership is to surround myself with good people who have ability, judgment and knowledge, but above all, a passion for service. Sonny Perdue, politician

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

If your leadership is ample, you will be a great example. Daniel Evans, politician

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

The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, 'Go!' - a leader says, 'Let's go!' E. M. Kelly,

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

A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune. Anonymous,

What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker, consultant

The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better. Tony Dungy, coach

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker, consultant

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

To lead people walk behind them. Lao Tzu, philosopher

Let him that would move the world, first move himself. Socrates, philosopher

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

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. Publilius Syrus, writer

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

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

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

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs, businessman

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

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

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. Paul Hawken, environmentalist

A community is like the ones who govern it. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

Leaders learn by leading, and they learn best by leading in the face of obstacles. As weather shapes mountains, problems shape leaders. Warren Bennis, writer

The right man comes at the right time. Italian Proverbs,

You can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think. Dorothy Parker, poet

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

A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader

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

Leadership is not a title. It's a behavior. Live it. Robin Sharma, author

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

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

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

Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf,

Among the blind the one eyed is king. Proverbs,

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

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. Max De Pree,

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

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

Leaders are readers. Charles ''Tremendous'' Jones,

We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us. John Locke, philosopher

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer

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

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. George Eliot, author

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

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

Leadership is service, not position. Tim Fargo, author

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

The best efforts of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

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

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. Arnold Glasgow,

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, president

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. Jim Rohn, businessman

Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired. Lou Holtz, coach

Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision. Henry Kissinger,

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

There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life. Booker T. Washington, educator

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

Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred. Proverbs,

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

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

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

Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate. Source Unknown,

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

When we think we lead we are most led. Lord (George Gordon) Byron, poet

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

In simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up, and goes. John Erskine, poet

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

The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category. Adolf Hitler, criminal

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,

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 Fitzgerald Kennedy, president

There are only about a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference in any area of our lives. Jim Rohn, businessman

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, businessman

He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

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

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

Popularity is not leadership. Richard Marcinko,

Socrates had a student named Plato, Plato had a student named Aristotle, and Aristotle had a student named Alexander the Great. Tom Morris,

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

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

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. Warren G. Bennis, psychologist

Leadership is one of the things that cannot be delegated. Unknown,

Leaders don't inflict pain -- they share pain. Max De Pree,

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

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

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

Those who can command themselves command others. William Hazlitt, critic

A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success. Cullen Hightower,

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

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble. Blaise Pascal, philosopher

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

We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described. Henry David Thoreau, author

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

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal. E. Joseph Cossman, businessman

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

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

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. John Buchan, politician

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

Those who sleep with dogs gets up with fleas. Proverbs,

At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on. Albert Einstein, physicist

People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced. TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot, poet

Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being? Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

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

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

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

The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor. Orison Swett Marden, writer

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

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

The well being of the people is the supreme law. Source Unknown,

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. Source Unknown,

Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers -- not their minds. Source Unknown,

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Stephen Covey, businessman

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

Never do that by proxy which you can do yourself. Italian Proverbs,

The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve. Dean Acheson, statesman

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

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

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod. Sir Winston Churchill, politician

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. Salvador Dali, painter

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

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

Who has not served cannot command. John Florio, writer

He who influences the thought of his times influences the times that follow. Elbert Hubbard, writer

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

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, journalist

Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate. Vince Lombardi, coach

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. Andre Malraux, author

The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability. Fred A. Manske, Jr.,

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

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

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

If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me! Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything. B. F. Skinner, psychologist

What you cannot enforce, do not command. Sophocles, poet

It is a great pity when the one who should be the head figure is a mere figure head. C. H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon,

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

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, businessman

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