Thursday, 9 May 2013


"Safety first" has been the motto of the human race for half a million years; but it has never been the motto of leaders. A leader must face danger. He must take the risk and the blame, and the brunt of the storm. - Herbert N. Casson

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

A good leader can inspire others at the workplace even when he wakes up not feeling inspired that morning. They change themselves internally to meet their calling and fulfil their responsibilities as a leader. - Unknown

A good leader makes a good follower. - Bion 

A good leader needs to stand behind his or her followers as often as he or she needs to stand in front of them. - Marilyn vos Savant

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. - Arnold H. Glasgow

A leader ... is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind. - Nelson Mandela

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done. - Ralph Lauren

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say; "We did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu

A leader is a dealer in hope. - Napoleon Bonaparte

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. - John C. Maxwell

A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see. - Leroy Eimes

A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own. - Beth Revis

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice. - James Callaghan

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

A leader takes people where they would never go on their own. - Hans Finzel

A leaders role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there. - David Gergen

A lot of leaders tend to make popular decisions rather then effective ones. These are ‘nice’ leaders – not ‘effective’ leaders. - Unknown

A man can only lead when others accept him as their leader, and he has only as much authority as his subjects give to him. All of the brilliant ideas in the world cannot save your kingdom if no one will listen to them. - Brandon Sanderson

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example. - Joe Dimaggio

A prime function of a leader is to keep hope alive. - John William Gardner

A real leader faces the music, even when he does not like the tune. - Unknown

A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless. - Charles De Gaulle

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

An effective leader is a person who is respected for his stand; not popularity with the masses. - Unknown

Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. - John C. Maxwell

Are you the leader who provides people ropes to hang themselves; or one who gives out ropes to lead people to safety and happiness. - Unknown

As a leader, you have to not only do the right thing, but be perceived to be doing the right thing. A consequence of seeking a leadership position is being put under intense public scrutiny, being held to high standards, and enhancing a reputation that is constantly under threat. - Jeffrey Sonnenfeld
At the heart of leadership is the leader's relationship with followers. People will entrust their hopes and dreams to another person only if they think the other is a reliable vessel. - David Gergan

Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. - Brian Tracy

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

Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience. - Colin Powell

Every age fraught with discord and danger seems to spawn a leader meant only for that age, a political giant whose absence, in retrospect, seems inconceivable when the history of that age is written. - Dan Simmons

Everyone in a way is a leader. Some lead you to success; others will lead you to despair. Choose your leader wisely and be a wise leader if you are one. - Unknown

Good leaders make people feel that they are 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. When that happens people feel centred and that gives their work meaning. - Warren Bennis

Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff. - Colin Power

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

If you want to be a leader, understand that you are a natural focal point for attack of every kind. Accepting this reality will alleviate you from the feeling of being ‘unfairly’ treated by the masses you serve. - Unknown

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams

It is hard to look up to a leader who keeps his ear to the ground. - James H. Boren

Lead and inspire people. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead. - Ross Perot

Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line. - Warren G. Bennis

One measure of leadership is the calibre of people who choose to follow you. - Dennis A. Peer

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. - Arnold Glasgow

Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination. - Unknown

Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity. - Reed Markham

The best managers and leaders are those who can carve out the excellence in the ordinary people they lead and manage. - Unknown

The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ - a leader says, ‘Let's go!’ - E. M. Kelly

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

The great leader seldom moves by guesswork and without proper forward planning. He has a plan to guide his actions towards his goal in a definite manner and to counter any pitfalls along the journey. - Unknown

The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players. - Blaine Lee

The issue of fairness and justice is so universal that no leader can hope to retain for long the loyalty and respect of his followers without them. - Unknown

The job of leaders is to think from their heads, communicate from their hearts and act from their guts. - David Gaster

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. - Eric Hoffer

The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those about him that he knows. - Clarence R. Randall

The manager administers, the leader innovates. The manager maintains, the leader develops. The manager relies on systems, the leader relies on people. The manager counts on controls, the leader counts on trust. The manager does things right, the leader does the right thing. - Unknown

The responsibility of a leader is to bring those that are under his direction from where they are now to where they have never been. - James Mendel

The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests. - Gail Sheehy

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. - Henry Kissinger

The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability. - Fred A. Manske, Jr.

There are excellent leaders but no perfect leaders. If your leader fails sometimes, it is only a manifestation of their imperfection and should not tarnish him as a good leader. - Unknown

To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesnt know where he is going. - Joe Namath

To lead people, walk behind them. - Lao Tzu

True leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders. - Tom Peters

When I talk to managers, I get the feeling that they are important. When I talk to leaders, I get the feeling that I am important. - Unknown  

You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself. - Gene Mauch

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