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Leadership means not giving orders
to others, but giving of yourself.

East African Tribal Proverb


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 F. Drucker

Humans are ambitious and rational and proud.  And we don't fall in line with people who don't respect us and who we don't believe have our best interests at heart.  We are willing to follow leaders, but only to the extent that we believe they call on our best, not our worst.

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

Rosabeth Moss Kantor

Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique.

James MacGregor Burns

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

Jack Welch


I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.

Mohandas Gandhi


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Good leaders must first become good servants.

Robert Greenleaf

Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people
out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives
worthy of their best efforts.

John Gardner

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

John Quincy Adams


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

Leaders create an environment in which everyone has the
opportunity to do work which matches their potential capabilities
and for which an equitable differential reward is provided.

Elliott Jaques

Leaders who know their strengths and weaknesses as leaders are
likely to be far more effective that the ones who remain blind to them.
They are also on the road to humility--that priceless attitude of
openness to life that can help a manager absorb
mistakes, failures, or personal shortcomings.

John Adair


People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.
The leader works in the open, and the boss is covert.
The leader leads, and the boss drives.

Theodore Roosevelt


The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born--that there is
a genetic factor to leadership.  This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.  That's nonsense; in fact, the
opposite is true.  Leaders are made rather than born.

Warren G. Bennis

The task of leaders is to get their people from
where they are to where they have not been.

Henry Kissinger


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!"



Leadership must be based on goodwill.  Goodwill does not mean posturing and,
least of all, pandering to the mob.  It means obvious and wholehearted commitment
to helping followers.  We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love,
and tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them.  What we need for leaders
are people of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need
of their jobs.  But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers.
Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.

James B. Stockdale

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

Colin Powell


Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue.
It is not "making friends and influencing people", that is flattery.  Leadership is
lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance
to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.

Peter F. Drucker

Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about
opening the heart.  Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of
others.  Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes.
Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that
comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others.
It is an attitude, not a routine.

Lance Secretan

I never had much faith in leaders.  I am willing to be charged with almost anything,
rather than to be charged with being a leader.  I am suspicious of leaders, and especially
of the intellectual variety.  Give me the rank and file every day in the week.  If you go
to the city of Washington, and you examine the pages of the Congressional Directory,
you will find that almost all of those corporation lawyers and cowardly politicians,
members of Congress, and mis-representatives of the masses--you will find that almost
all of them claim, in glowing terms, that they have risen from the ranks to places of
eminence and distinction.  I am very glad I cannot make that claim for myself.  I would
be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks.  When I rise it will be
with the ranks, and not from the ranks.

Eugene V. Debs


Be a Leader
Dale Carnegie

A leader's job often includes changing your people's attitudes and behavior.  Some suggestions to accomplish this:

Principle 1
Begin with praise and honest appreciation.

Principle 2
Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.

Principle 3
Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.

Principle 4
Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.

Principle 5
Let the other person save face.

Principle 6
Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement.  Be "hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise."

Principle 7
Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.

Principle 8
Use encouragement.  Make the fault seem easy to correct.

Principle 9
Make the other person happy about doing the things you suggest.

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I am convinced that any feeling of exaltation because we have people
under us should be conquered, for I am sure that if we enjoy being
over people, there will be something in our manner which will make
them dislike being under us.

Mary Parker Follett

Leaders and followers are both following the invisible leader--
the common purpose.

The people who are worthy of being leaders of others will never complain
about the stupidity of their helpers, the ingratitude of human beings, or
the inappreciation of the public.  They are all a part of the great game
of life.  To meet them and overcome them and not go down before them
in disgust, discouragement, or defeat, that is the final proof of power.

William Boetcher


The final test of leaders is that they leave behind them in other
people the conviction and the will to carry on.  The genius of
good leaders is to leave behind them situations which common
sense, with the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.

Walter Lippman


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

Marian Anderson

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.

Harold S. Geneen


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

Henry Miller


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I cannot trust one to control others who cannot control him or herself.

Robert E. Lee

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

James Callaghan


Leaders can never close the gap between themselves and the group.
If they do, they are no longer what they must be.  They must walk
a tightrope between the consent they must win
and the control they must exert.

Vince Lombardi



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