Leadership Notes #57 – Leadership Quotes IV

(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.)

Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter what the project. –Bill Owens

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

The very exercise of leadership fosters capacity for it. –Cyril Falls

Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership. –Bill Owens

You have to enable and empower people to make decisions independent of you. As I’ve learned, each person on a team is an extension of your leadership; if they feel empowered by you they will magnify your power to lead. –Tom Ridge

My philosophy of leadership is to surround myself with good people who have ability, judgment and knowledge, but above all, a passion for service. –Sonny Perdue

Leadership is about doing what you know is right – even when a growing din of voices around you is trying to convince you to accept what you know to be wrong. –Robert. L. Ehrlich

Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want. –Dianne Feinstein

But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily be the best doctor or the best lawyer or the best businessman. These tests do not measure character, leadership, creativity, perseverance. –William Julius Wilson

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)

There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader? –Alexandre Ledru-Rollin (attributed to others as well)

A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him. –General Douglas MacArthur

Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception. –V. Cousin

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

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. –Chinese Proverb

Be known for pleasing others, especially if you govern them…Ruling other has one advantage: you can do more good than anyone else. –Baltasar Gracián

A leader is a dealer in hope. –Napoleon Bonaparte

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. –Aristotle

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. –Publilius Syrus

I light my candle from their torches. –Robert Burton

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. –Woodrow Wilson

The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed. –Publius Syrus

A bold onset is half the battle. –Giuseppe Garibaldi

The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be feared rather than to be loved. –Cornelius Nepos

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. –James Thomas

Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small. –Edmund Spenser

No man can stand on top because he is put there. –H. H. Vreeland

A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. –Ovid

It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy. –Seneca

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. –Abraham Lincoln

It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.) Latin Proverb

Let him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince himself. –Thomas Carlyle

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

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. –Theodore Roosevelt

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. –Everett Dirksen

The price of greatness is responsibility. –Winston Churchill

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody. –Herbert B. Swope

High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. –George Orwell

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. –Theodore M. Hesburgh

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. –Steve Jobs

The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done. –Peter Drucker

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. –Bill Gates

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

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

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group. –Russell H. Ewing

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

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