Leadership Notes #10 – Leadership Quotes I

(This series of “notes” first appeared in the YahooGroup “VenturingList” and are written by Michael Brown. I thought that they were worth sharing with the Commissioner Corps.)
(probable first of several on this topic)

Human Relations— author unknown:
o The six most important words: “I admit I made a mistake.”
o The five most important words: “You did a good job.”
o The four most important words: “What is your opinion?”
o The three most important words: “If you please.”
o The two most important words: “Thank you,”
o The one most important word: “We”
o The least important word: “I”

“I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don’t think that’s quite it; it’s more like jazz. There is more improvisation.” —– Warren Bennis

“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 inverting spring onions into his nose in an effort to look like an elephant.” —– Liu Shao-Chi — which means we must consistently strive to improve ourselves.

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion.” —– Theodore Hesburgh, President of the University of Notre Dame

No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others. —– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood. —– Freeman Teague, Jr.

When you know something, say what you know. When you don’t know something, say that you don’t know. That is knowledge. —– Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius)

Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success. —– Explorer Ernest Shackleton in an 1890 job ad for the first Antarctic expedition.

If you don’t keep score, you’re only practicing. — Vince Lombardi

If winning isn’t important, why keep score? — Mr. Worf

He who stops being better stops being good. —– Oliver Cromwell

“Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing.” —– Warren Bennis, Ph.D. On Becoming a Leader

Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one. — Marcus Aurelius

Courage — not complacency — is our need today. Leadership not salesmanship. —– John F. Kennedy

Retreat Hell! We’ve just got here! –— Attributed to several World War I Marine corps officers, Belleau Wood, June 1918 (key ideal — take a stand)

What kind of a leader are you going to be — the kind who thinks he is the best? Or will you be one of the very few greats who attributes success to the rest. — unknown

Leadership is influencing people — by providing purpose, direction, and motivation — while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization. — US Army

I think the Army would make a serious mistake if we made a distinction and said, “You are a manager, and you are a leader.” So my philosophy is that we are all leaders! We also must be responsible managers or stewards of resources entrusted to us. We would make a serious mistake to think that we could be one and not the other. —– General John Wickham.

Most teams aren’t teams at all but merely collections of individual relationships with the boss. Each individual vying with the others for power, prestige and position. — Douglas McGregor

Where there is no vision, the people perish. —– Proverbs 29:18

Do it, try it, fix it! — Wal-Mart’s Vision

“Leadership is the process of influencing the activities of an individual or a group in efforts toward a goal achievement in a given situation” — Hersey & Blanchard

“Leadership is the art of influencing others to their maximum performance to accomplish any task, objective or project” — Cohen.

“Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth” — J.M. Burns

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more…then you are a leader. — John Quincy Adams

The significant problems we face can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. — Albert Einstein

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

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

If you think you can do a thing or that you cannot do a thing, in either case you are right. — Henry Ford

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

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

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

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down. — Mary Pickford

A good leader talks little; when his aim is fulfilled, they will say “we did it ourselves”. —Sun Tzu

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