Leadership Notes #37 – Leadership Quotes II

(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.)

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” –Mohandas Gandhi

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.

David Logan’s corollary to that: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtless, uncommitted people can prevent the world from changing. Indeed, they do so every day.”

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

The essence of education: “Realizing what you don’t know that you don’t know.” – Anonymous

“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then, do it.” – Anonymous.

“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

“A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain”
“Courage is the compliment of fear. A person who is fearless cannot be courageous.”
“Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.” — Robert A. Heinlein

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” –Peter Drucker
“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone may be watching” — H.L. Mencken

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” –Peter Drucker

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.” –Peter Drucker

“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

“Leadership is solving problems. 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 or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” –Colin Powell

“Teamwork is essential—it allows you to blame someone else.” – Anonymous

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein.

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

“No member of a [rowing] crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.” – R.W. Emerson.

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” — Stephen Covey

“The secret of effective leadership is sincerity; once you can fake it, you have it made.” – Anonymous.

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” –Stephen Covey

“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

“Tell me Oldtimer, where did you get your good judgment?”
“And how did you get your experience?”
“Bad judgment.” –Anonymous

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” –Warren G. Bennis

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” –John D. Rockefeller

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” –Warren G. Bennis

“Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.” –Woodrow Wilson

“Leadership is influence.” –John C. Maxwell

“I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.” –Lee Iacocca

“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

“Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.” — Larry Bird

“Example is leadership.” –Albert Schweitzer

“Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.” –Larry Bird

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” –Tom Peters

“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.” — Gen. Omar N. Bradley