Quotes on Leadership

With Installation next month - it is always a time when the qualities of a good leader are considered by all. One of our readers submitted the below quotes with that in mind;

"Your job gives you authority. Your behaviour gives you respect" - Irwin Federman

"Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all." - Dwight Eisenhower

"A good leader is not the person who does things right, but the person who finds the right things to do." Anthony T. Dadovano

"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be."— Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The question. 'Who ought to be boss?', is like asking, 'Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?' Obviously, the man who can sing tenor." - Henry Ford

"The harder I worked, the luckier I got" - Sid Friedman

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new" - Albert Einstein

"Obstacles are those frightful things that you see when you take your eyes off your goal" - Henry Ford

"A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves." Unknown

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that's assault, not leadership."— Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them" - Albert Einstein

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe" - Anatole France

"Diligence is the mother of good luck" - Benjamin Franklin

"Even if I don't reach all my goals, I've gone higher than I would have if I hadn't set any." - Danielle Fotopoulos

"Good enough never is" - Debbi Fields

"Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it" - Dwight Eisenhower

"The crowd give the leader new strength." - Evenius

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function" - F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement" - Henry Ford

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

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do" - Henry Ford

"Character is not made in a crisis, it is only exhibited" - Robert Freeman

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another's existence" - Sue Atchley Ebaugh

"Genius in one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration" - Thomas Edison

"Great hopes make great men" - Thomas Fuller

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go" - T.S. Eliot

"The value of an idea lies in the using of it" - Thomas Edison

"There ain't no rules around here. We're trying to accomplish something" - Thomas Edison

"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything" - Wyatt Earp

"Leaders grow; they are not made." P F. Drucker

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Leadership is action, not position." Donald H. McGannon

"A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune." Anon

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

"Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present, and keep the promise to posterity." Harold J. Seymour

"Forethought and prudence are the proper qualities of a leader." Tacitus

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

"Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization." Warren Bennis

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." John F. Kennedy

"Leadership is the special quality which enables people to stand up and pull the rest of us over the horizon." James L. Fisher

"Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Leadership is action, not position." Donald H. McGannon

"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on." Walter Lippmann

"Leaders don't force people to follow they invite them on a journey." Charles S. Lauer

"Children need love especially when they don't deserve it." Harold S. Hulbert

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

"Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together." Jesse Jackson

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality." Max DePree