Monday, May 6, 2013

Leadership Quotes

(I intend for this to be a growing file of quotes important to leaderhsip.)

"We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit."  - Aristotle

"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.  There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways."  - H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (Author)

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself.  Never pity yourself.  Be a hard master to yourself- and be lenient to everybody else."  -Henry Ward Beecher

"You can not always control circumstances, but you can control your own thoughts." - Charles Popplestown

"If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison

"Unless you are prepared to give up something valuable you will never be able to truly change at all, because you'll be forever in the control of things you can't give up."— Andy Law

"One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment."— Robert E. Quinn

"Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have—and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up."— James Belasco and Ralph Stayer, Flight of the Buffalo (1994)

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."— Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)

"The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades."— John P. Kotter, Leading Change

"There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place."— Washington Irving, Tales of a Traveler )

"After living with their dysfunctional behavior for so many years (a sunk cost if ever there was one), people become invested in defending their dysfunctions rather than changing them."— Marshall Goldsmith, Mojo

"We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blesses facility, and we are soon wonted to the change and happy in it."— Mark Twain

"Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times."— Niccolo Machiavelli
"People don't resist change. They resist being changed!"— Peter Senge

"Even those who fancy themselves the most progressive will fight against other kinds of progress, for each of us is convinced that our way is the best way."- — Louis L'Amour, The Lonely Men

"He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator."— Francis Bacon, Essays, II, On Innovation

"In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy."— J. Paul Getty

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something." — Woodrow Wilson

"Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him." — Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better."— Robert P. Vanderpoel

"The respect that leadership must have requires that one's ethics be without question. A leader not only stays above the line between right and wrong, he stays well clear of the gray areas." — G. Alan Bernard, President, Mid Park, Inc

"Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions." — Dag Hammarskjold, Statesman

"God grant that men of principle shall be our principal men." — Thomas Jefferson

"Successful leadership is not about being tough or soft, sensitive or assertive, but about a set of attributes. First and foremost is character" — Warren Bennis

"Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them." — Winston Churchill

"People do not follow uncommitted leaders. Commitment can be displayed in a full range of matters to include the work hours you choose to maintain, how you work to improve your abilities, or what you do for your fellow workers at personal sacrifice." — Stephen Gregg, Chairman and CEO of Ethix Corp.

"I am easily satisfied with the very best." — Winston Churchill

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek." — Mario Andretti

"The basic building block of good communications is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value."— Unknown

"If you have nothing to say, say nothing."— Mark Twain

"The day soldiers stop bring you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them."— General Colin Powell

"Keep things informal. Talking is the natural way to do business. Writing is great for keeping records and putting down details, but talk generates ideas. Great things come from out luncheon meetings which consist of a sandwich, a cup of soup, and a good idea or two. No martinis."— T. Boone Pickens

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.— Lee Iacocca

"The art of communication is the language of leadership."— James Humes

"Preaching for life changes requires far less information and more application. Less explanation and more inspiration."— Andy Stanley"

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives." — Willa A. Foster

"There is nothing which rots morale more quickly and more completely than … the feeling that those in authority do not know their own minds.." — Lionel Urwick, Harvard Business Review 1956

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it."— Andrew Carnegie

"The phrase I can't is the most powerful force of negation in the human psyche."— Paul R. Scheele, Learning Strategies Corporation

"Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself."— HonorĂ© de Balzac,The Human Comedy

"Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate."— Henry David Thoreau

"No man can make you feel inferior without your consent."— Eleanor Roosevelt

"The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none."— Thomas Carlyle

"Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste."— Lucille Ball

"I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done."— Henry Ford

"He can inspire a group only if he himself is filled with confidence and hope of success."— Floyd V. Filson

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."— Eddie Rickenbacker World War I hero

"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances."— Aristotle

"One man with courage makes a majority."— Andrew Jackson

"Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody's looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you're misunderstood."— Charles Swindoll

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."— General George S. Patton

"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."— Winston Churchill British Prime Minister

"It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare."— Mark Twain

"I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it."— Abraham Lincoln November 2, 1863 in letter to James H. Hackett

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." - Robert Louis Stevenson

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” - Ronald Reagan

“You have to be burning with "an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right." If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out.” - Steve Jobs

“Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” - George S. Patton, Jr.

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

“Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.” ― Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher

“Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” ― Margaret Thatcher

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ― John F. Kennedy

"Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, is the definition of crazy." - Unknown

"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."— Dr. Linus Pauling

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."— Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

"The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions."— Anthony Jay

"Success is on the far side of failure."— Thomas Watson Sr.

"You don't understand anything unless you understand there are at least 3 ways."— M. Minsky

"To have a great idea, have a lot of them."— Thomas Edison

"If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail."— Heraclitus

"The only prerequisites to leadership are that you remain positive, calm, and open-minded." - Alexis Hunter

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

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs

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

"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

"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." - John C. Maxwell

"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly." - Jim Rohn

"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." - Colin Powell

"Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself." - Thomas J. Watson Sr.

"He that cannot obey, cannot command." - Benjamin Franklin

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

"A leader is a dealer in hope." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." - George Patton

"What you cannot enforce, do not command." - Sophocles

"A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better." - Jim Rohn

"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." - Warren G. Bennis

"Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people." - John D. Rockefeller

"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." - Kenneth Blanchard

"The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." -Theodore Roosevelt

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