Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Harold R. McAlindon
(also attributed to Emerson and others)
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose’s egg.
It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place.
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Let him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince himself.
All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
- John Kenneth Galbraith, U.S. economist, “The Age of Uncertainty”
Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing.
- Warren Bennis, Ph.D. “On Becoming a Leader”
It’s amazing how many cares disappear when you decide not to be something, but to be someone.
- Coco Chanel
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
“Our policy is simple: We are not going to betray our friends, reward the enemies of freedom, or permit fear and retreat to become American policies, especially in this hemisphere. None of the wars in my lifetime came about because we were too strong.”
“I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a “transformer” in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.” Stephen R. Covey
“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
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” Theodore Roosevelt
“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
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” Douglas McCarther
“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”
“Respect a man, he will do the more.”
“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
“Leadership is influence.”
John C. Maxwell
“A President either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a single moment.”
Harry S. Truman
“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
Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
What if you have failed in the past? So, at one time did every man we recognize as a towering success. They called it “temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill
If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.