Quotes on Leadership
A collection of quotations on leadership,
alphabetical by source. A thru M:
"The conventional definition of management is getting work done through
people, but real management is developing people through work."
-- Agha Hasan Abedi
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and
become more, you are a leader."
-- John Quincy Adams
"Leadership is all about enabling followers to attain meaningful goals,
especially goals that are bigger than any single individual could
accomplish alone. The best and most mature leadership is about selfless
service, not about gaining power and control over people."
"The actions of a
responsible executive are contagious."
--- Joe D. Batton
"Leaders must encourage
their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be
--- Warren G. Bennis
"Leadership is not something
that you learn once and for all. It is an ever-evolving pattern of
skills, talents, and ideas that grow and change as
--- Sheila Murray
Bethel, found at: http://www.exceptionalleadership.com/articles.htm
"Empowering means helping
teams develop their skills and knowledge and supporting them to use
-- Kenneth Blanchard
"We get the leaders we
-- Peter Block
"I think the biggest mistake that people make is that they feel that
the purpose of a performance review is to find something wrong with an
employee and then try to fix it - which is really only ever the case
with a company’s poorest performers. Sure, if you have a salesperson
who is call-reluctant, fix it. If you have a star performer, you should
spend your effort, and your performance review, working out ways to
stretch them and leverage their strengths.
If you gave a 12-year-old LeBron James to anyone in his right mind,
that person would focus on making him a great basketball player," he
says. "However, if you gave him to your average people manager, that
person would ignore the basketball and try to fix his swimming."
-- Mike Carden, CEO of Sonar6, quoted from In Defense
of Performance Reviews.
"Leaders rarely use their
power wisely or effectively over long periods unless they are supported
by followers who have the stature to help them do so."
-- Ira Chaleff, The
Courageous Follower, 2003
" Personal leadership is not
a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping
your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be
congruent with those most important things. "
-- Stephen Covey
"You can have a mission
without a leader, but no leader without a mission."
-- Sonja Martins Dias
"Don't rate potential over
-- Jim Fassel
"If leadership could be
taught, all MBAs would be great leaders, and we know they are not."
-- Robert Gately
"Time is neutral and does
not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things."
-- Jesse Jackson
“What gets measured gets
done, what gets measured and
back gets done well, what
gets rewarded gets
-- John E. Jones
"If you create an environment where the people truly participate, you
don't need control. They know what needs to be done and they do it. And
the more that people will devote themselves to your cause on a
voluntary basis, a willing basis, the fewer hierarchies and control
mechanisms you need."
-- Herb Kelleher
"A hallmark of high performance leaders is the ability to influence
others through all levels and types of communication, from simple
interactions to difficult conversations and more complex conflicts, in
order to achieve greater team and organizational alignment. High
performing leaders are able to unite diverse team members by building
common goals and even shared emotions by engaging in powerful and
-- George Kohlrieser, November 2008, Leading
At The Edge
"The danger in the
leader-follower relationship is the assumption that the leader's
interpretation must dominate. If this assumption exists on the part of
either the leader or the follower, creativity and problem-solving
processes become stifled"
-- Patsi Krakoff, in her
article "Four Keys To Good Followership" that appeared in Coach2Coach
at Yahoo Groups.
"If you are a block ahead of
the parade ... you're leading it. If you are two blocks ahead of the
parade, you aren't even in it."
-- Dr. Lawrence Kratz
"The best soldier does not
attack. The superior fighter succeeds without violence. The greatest
conqueror wins without struggle. The most successful manager leads
without dictating.This is intelligent non-aggressiveness. This is
"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
-- Vince Lombardi.
"Just being available and
attentive is a great way to use listening as a management tool. Some
employees will come in, talk for twenty minutes,
and leave having solved
their problems entirely by themselves."
-- Nicholas V. Luppa
"You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself."
-- Gene Mauch
"The first thing that I learned was results matter. At the end of the
day, no matter how much somebody respects your intellect or your
capabilities or how much they like you, in the end it is all about
results in the business context. You have to be able to demonstrate
that you have proven you can drive something forward. So when I talk to
my team, I use a football metaphor — every day, we have to come in and
advance the ball."
-- Nancy McKinstry, in "Managing Globally, and Locally" NY Times, 15
“You can only lead others
where you yourself are prepared to go.”
-- Lachlan McLean
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