Leadership Notes #47 – Leadership Quotes III

(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.)

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. –Tony Blair

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve. –Tom Landry

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control. –Tom Landry

Leadership is, among other things, the ability to inflict pain and get away with it – short-term pain for long-term gain. –George Will

I think a major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experiences. –Margaret J. Wheatley

I believe that the capacity that any organization needs is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed, when it is needed. –Margaret J. Wheatley

I’m sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control. –Margaret J. Wheatley

I think it is quite dangerous for an organization to think they can predict where they are going to need leadership. It needs to be something that people are willing to assume if it feels relevant, given the context of any situation. –Margaret J. Wheatley

Most people associate command and control leadership with the military. — Margaret J. Wheatley

Character matters; leadership descends from character. –Rush Limbaugh

“I stood up; I showed up, I stepped forward. I raised my right hand, I stood in the gap, I walked in the fire. I did not run, I did not hide, I did not dodge, I did not evade. Consequently… I have nothing to prove, no one to convince, those who matter, already know. Those who don’t, never will.” –Author Unknown

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. –Ralph Nader

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership. –James Cash Penney

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. –Ken Blanchard

Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned. –Harold S. Geneen

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. –Harold S. Geneen

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. –Norman Schwarzkopf

You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it. –Norman Schwarzkopf

Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions. –Bo Bennett

If you don’t understand that you work for your mislabeled “subordinates,” then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny. –Dee Hock

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

Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique. –James MacGregor Burns

It is the responsibility of leadership to provide opportunity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute. –William Pollard

The biggest difference is in the leadership. It was better for us. We had more coaches and mentors to help us. A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction. –Isaiah Thomas

The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict? –Max de Pree

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. –Arnold H. Glasow

I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership. –Octavia Butler

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

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

The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. –James Buchanan

Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader. –Indra Nooyi

Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone. –Ferdinand Marcos

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. –Marian Anderson

Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done. –Vance Packard

Education is the mother of leadership. –Wendell Willkie

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. –Bill Bradley

Leadership comes in small acts as well as bold strokes. –Carly Fiorina

I don’t care tuppence whether I’m forced into a leadership position or not. I’d much sooner not. –E. P. Thompson

The only safe ship in a storm is leadership. –Faye Wattleton

One simple way to keep organizations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular, frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions. –Robert Shea

Leaders of the future will have to be visionary and be able to bring people in – real communicators. These are things that women bring to leadership and executive positions, and it’s going to be incredibly valuable and incredibly in demand. –Anita Borg

Organizations endure, however, in proportion to the breadth of the morality by which they are governed. Thus the endurance of organization depends upon the quality of leadership; and that quality derives from the breadth of the morality upon which it rests. –Chester Irving Barnard

Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts. –Erskine Bowles

We need leadership, and we need it now. –Byron Dorgan

The art of communication is the language of leadership. –James Humes

Leadership requires the courage to make decisions that will benefit the next generation. –Alan Autry

I don’t know what leadership is. You can’t touch it. You can’t feel it. It’s not tangible. But I do know this: you recognize it when you see it. –Bob Ehrlich

As for leadership, I am the kind who leads reluctantly and more by example than anything else. Someone had to be on the incorporation papers as president. –Keith Henson

Leadership demands that we make tough choices. –Alan Autry

True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. –Bill Owens