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The following are quotes by well know persons who have commented on leaders and leadership in general. Many give you a general understanding of what leaders and leadership means to them whilst inspiring you to greatness.

 

 

"Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right thing. The difference may be summarised as activities of vision and judgment - effectiveness verses activities of mastering routine – efficiency." 

 - Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

 

 

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." 
 - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

"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, U.S. economist

 

 

"The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way."

 - Henry Miller

 

 

"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

 

 

"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

 

 

"The final tests of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on… The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully."

 - Walter Lippmann

 

"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 inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look like an elephant."

 - Liu Shao-ch’i

 

 

"When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally."

 - Lao Tse

 

 

"To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ... When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves!" 
 - Lao Tse

 

 

"A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice."

 - James Callaghan

 

 

"Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things."

 - Jesse Jackson

 

 

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

 - John Quincy Adams

 

 

"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

 

 

"Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach."

 - Rosabeth Kantor

 

 

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be."

 - Rosalynn Carter

 

 

"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

 

 

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

 

 

"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand."
 - General Colin Powell



"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 Truman

 

 

"You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too."
 - Sam Rayburn

 

 

"All Leadership is influence."
 - John C. Maxwell

 

 

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

 

 

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others."
 - Jack Welch

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