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Leader

Definition: The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.
Number of Quotes: 60

By the structure of the world we often want, at the sudden occurrence of a grave tempest, to change the helmsman - to replace the pilot of the calm by the pilot of the storm.
Walter Bagehot

Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right things.
Warren Bennis

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
Aneurin Bevan

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair

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

I believe in benevolent dictatorships, provided I am the dictator.
Richard Branson

Of one thing be certain: if a CEO is enthused about a particularly foolish acquisition, both his internal staff and his outside advisors will come up with whatever projections are needed to justify his stance. Only in fairy tales are emperors told that they are naked.
Warren Buffett

Dictators ride to and fro on tigers they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Winston Churchill

To be dilatory about giving orders, but to expect absolute punctuality, that is called being a tormentor.
Confucius

The leader is not just a scorekeeper. He is responsible for creating something new and better.
Wilbur L. Creech

Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm not giving up politics entirely - I'm just giving up leadership of a political party.
Nigel Farage

You should be the change that you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Passionate leadership won't succeed if contradictory signals are sent out.
Bill Gates

It is practically impossible for a top management man, or even middle management, to be doing the degree and level of work that he should be doing and, at the same time, have a clean desk.
Harold Geneen

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

Praise should always be given in public, criticism should always be given in private.
Jean Paul Getty

The grab for a quick killing is the mark of the worst kind of leadership, for it places immediate profit above the long-term interest of the organization and can lead ultimately only to disaster.
Crawford H. Greenewalt

When it's time to make a decision about a person or problem ... trust your intuition ... act.
Bud Hadfield

My mother was in the Army Reserve for six years. She taught me the importance of following rules, finishing what I start, never giving up, leadership skills, teamwork, staying positive, motivated and how to pack the military way when I'm traveling!
Laurie Hernandez

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

Leadership is not about being nice. It's about being right and being strong.
Paul Keating

I think leadership is valuing the time you spend with your people more than anything else you do.
Herb Kelleher

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The difference between a leader and a boss is the difference between good and bad management.
Joe Klock Sr.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis

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 tail tracks the head. If the head moves fast the tail will keep up the same pace. If the head is sluggish, the tail will drop.
Konosuke Matsushita

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

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute - he simply speaks and does what is right.
Mencius

A leader has to be one of two things: he either has to be a brilliant visionary himself, a truly creative strategist, in which case he can do what he likes and get away with it; or else he has to be a true empowerer who can bring out the best in others.
Henry Mintzberg

I try to keep in touch with the details - you can't keep in touch with them all, but you've got to have a feel for what's going on.
Rupert Murdoch

A chairman who never wanders about his agency becomes a hermit, out of touch with his staff.
David Ogilvy

Decision making by consensus has been the subject of a great deal of research ... evidence strongly suggests that a consensus approach yields more creative decisions and more effective implementation than does individual decision making.
William Ouchi

You have a responsibility to shape the vision of a company, and you know whatever process you choose will determine ultimately the well-being of the organization.
Eckhard Pfeiffer

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 B. Randall

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
Ronald Reagan

There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that once unleashed can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.
Anthony Robbins

Do not delegate an assignment and then attempt to manage it yourself - you will make an enemy of the overruled subordinate.
Wess Roberts

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, Certainly I can! Then get busy and find out how to do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

To be a leader in this new economy, you have to love risk - which means patterning your life on the heroic, not on the strategic. Acting boldly is better than acting knowingly.
Harriet Rubin

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer

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

Leadership is the process of achieving a dream together, especially when that dream seems impossible to achieve.
Stan Shih

Administrators are cheap and easy to find and cheap to keep. Leaders - risk takers: they are in very short supply. And ones with vision are pure gold.
Raymond W. Smith

A huge problem we face when we're in need is giving up our intuition and blindly following instruction. Letting go works when we are following our hearts, but not so well when we are following a leader.
Tara Stiles

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Publilius Syrus

I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
Margaret Thatcher

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
Desmond Tutu

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, We did this ourselves.

Lao Tzu

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Woodrow Wilson

From leaders, we need clear, consistent and honest attention to the identity of the organization. Identity shows up in our actions, our visions, our relationships inside and out of the organization. Identity gets deepened as we do the work.
Walter Wriston

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