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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. (John Quincy Adams)

I'm slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles. (Scott Adams)

Rotten bosses don't get better. Any strategy that assumes they can is doomed. (Scott Adams)

Skill in the art of communication is crucial to a leader's success. (Norman Allen)

The best way to inspire others? Lead by example in order to increase their expectations. (David Allio)

If the challenge is far beyond their skill level, they tend to get frustrated; if it's far below their skill level, they tend to get bored. Leaders need to strike the right balance. (Teresa Amabile)

The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision. (Bruce Barton)

I think the leaders inevitably express the people they are leading. (Leonard Baskin)

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

Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. (Warren G. Bennis)

adherent, n. A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get. (Ambrose Bierce)

It's a matter of coaching greatness out of people. (Brad Bird)

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. (Kenneth Blanchard)

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

Leaders should be collaborative, modest, and generous. (Bill Bradley)

I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator. (Richard Branson)

Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don't be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying. (Merry Browne)

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

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together. (George W. Bush)

We don't need giant personalities to transform companies. We need leaders who build not their own egos but the institutions they run. (Susan Cain)

Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them. (Winston Churchill)

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. (Stephen R. Covey)

You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

To supervise people, you must either surpass them in their accomplishments or despise them. (Benjamin Disraeli)

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

Leadership is not magnetic personality/that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not making friends and influencing people - that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. (Peter Drucker)

It is monstrous that the feet should direct the head. (Queen Elizabeth I)

You either believe that people respond to authority, or that they respond to kindness and inclusion. I'm obviously in the latter camp. I think that people respond better to reward than punishment. (Brian Eno)

He isn't a real boss until he has trained subordinates to shoulder most of his responsibilities. (William Feather)

You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself. (Harvey S. Firestone)

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

The most inspiring leaders are those who... inspire the rest of us to be our best selves and to match our skills with our passions. They give us confidence to pursue our dreams. (Carmine Gallo)

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

- Bad Feminist: Essays...
When you can't find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example. (Roxane Gay)

A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there. (David Gergen)

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. (Arnold H. Glasow)

- b.1900 d. 1971, a theatrical conductor...
Directing is to fill anyone with a yearning to get back at ten o'clock next morning. (Sir William Tyrone Guthrie)

Good leadership means leading the way, not hectoring other people to do things your way. (Chris Hadfield, astronaut)

The leader seeks to communicate his vision to his followers. He captures their attention with his optimistic intuition of possible solutions to their needs. He influences them by the dynamism of his faith. (John Haggai)

Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others can receive your orders without being humiliated. (Dag Hammarskjold)

Some people are like wheelbarrows; useful only when pushed, and very easily upset. (Henry S. Haskins)

I like to direct landscapes just as I like to direct actors and animals. (Werner Herzog)

Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader. (Hermann Hesse)

You don't manage people, you manage things. You lead people. (Grace Hopper)

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. (Steve Jobs)

We associate leadership with decisiveness. That perception of leadership pushes people to make decisions fairly quickly, lest they be seen as dithering and indecisive. (Daniel Kahneman)

You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. (Ken Kesey)

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there. (John P. Kotter)

We choose our leaders, political or spiritual, out of our own confusion, and so they also are confused. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint. (Lewis H. Lapham)

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)

I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins. (Norman Lear)

The greatest management principle in the world is: the things that get rewarded and appreciated get done. (Michael Leboeuf)

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)

Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. (Vince Lombardi)

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. (Nelson Mandela)

It is not enough to show people how to live better: there is a mandate for any group with enormous powers of communication to show people how to be better. (Marya Mannes)

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

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

Starbucks leaders... have made a firm commitment to creating an experience of Surprise and Delight in many areas of their business. Starbucks management seeks ways to implement subjective well-being for customers and staff - which, in turn, has a profound effect on loyalty, community, and profit. (Joseph Michelli)

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

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think. (Toni Morrison)

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)

No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him. (Rev. W.A. Nance)

A leader is worthy of followers only to the degree he or she is worthy of their trust. (Dr. Andy Neillie)

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

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)

Who has not served cannot command. (Latin proverb)

He that would be a leader must be a bridge. (Welsh proverb)

One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment. (Robert E. Quinn)

How shall I be able to rule over others, that have not full power and command of myself? (Francois Rabelais)

You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go. (Jeannette Rankin)

If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there. (Will Rogers)

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. (Jim Rohn)

Leadership, leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses. (Mitt Romney)

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. (Theodore Roosevelt)

The principal problem I had during the five years I ran the Caisse - and I bet you that it will be the same problem for my successor - is the retention, recruitment and training of competent personnel. (Henri Rousseau)

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says, 'I was beaten,' he does not say, 'My men were beaten.' (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

Manage yourself first and others will take your orders. (David Seabury)

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)

People in power have to be careful about what comes out of their mouth. They have to find exactly the right word that can't be attacked. (Anna Deavere Smith)

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

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. (Tacitus)

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. (Mother Teresa)

A tough manager will have realistic quotas for his employees that he keeps to himself and aggressively stretch quotas, anywhere from ten percent higher to a lot more, which he imposes on his staff. If his people miss the stretch numbers but exceed the realistic goals, he's happy. If he's a superb manager, he knows how far they can stretch without breaking. (Twyla Tharp)

A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs. (Robert Townsend)

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)

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

A leader is best when people barely know he exists; when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. (Lao Tzu)

To lead the people, walk behind them. (Lao Tzu)

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)

Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation. (William Arthur Ward)

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

You've got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion; a thermometer just reflects it. (Cornel West)

Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed when leaders choose power over productivity, it appears that bosses would rather be in control than have the organization work well. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

Do I shout, belittle or swear? No. I have sufficient confidence within myself to control my environment just by my presence, just by working hard and leading from the front. (Marco Pierre White)

The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers... Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership. (Garry Wills)

If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous, generous, tolerant, and straightforward, through which he opens the way to instruct others. (Xun Zi)