Quotation.Cloud - A repository of notable quotations from across time and space

   

Authors by Last Name


Authors by First Name



Quotations about leadership

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.

 - George E. MacDonald

Dwight EisenhowerA sense of humor can be a great help -- particularly a sense of humor about (oneself). William Howard Taft joked about his own corpulence and people loved it; took nothing from his inherent dignity. Lincoln eased tense moments with bawdy stories, and often poked fun at himself--and history honors him for this human quality. A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.

 - Dwight Eisenhower

Strategic communication is at the core of effective leadership. Through a leader's use of verbal and written symbols employees are motivated or deflated, informed or confused, productive or apathetic. A leader's ability to carve off the verbal fat and get to the meat of an issue, idea or plan will find success at every turn.

 - Reed Markham

You can accomplish much if you don't care who gets the credit.

 - Ronald Reagan

Carl SaganWhen we consider the founders of our nation: Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others; we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and corruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles.

They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future -- not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed.

The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weaknesses, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory. At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jefferson's today. Where are they?

 - Carl Sagan

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it s amazing what they can accomplish.

 - Sam Walton

Peter DruckerManagement is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

 - Peter Drucker

Eleanor RooseveltTo handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

 - Eleanor Roosevelt

George PattonDon't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

 - George Patton

Marcus Tullius CiceroRead at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.

 - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Walt DisneyLeadership means that a group, large or small, is willing to entrust authority to a person who has shown judgment, wisdom, personal appeal, and proven competence.

 - Walt Disney

Jim RohnThe 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

Jim RohnManagers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.

 - Jim Rohn

Lao TzuA leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, "We did this ourselves."

 - Laozi / Lao-Tzu

Lao TzuWise men don't need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.


 - Laozi / Lao-Tzu

ConfuciusA ruler who governs his state by virtue is like the north polar star, which remains in its place while all the other stars revolve around it.

 - Confucius

It was a false maxim of Domitian that he who would gain the people of Rome must promise all things and perform nothing. For when a man is known to be false in his word, instead of a column, which he might be by keeping it, for others to rest upon, he becomes a reed, which no man will vouchsafe to lean upon. Like a floating island, when we come next day to seek it, it is carried from the place we left it in, and, instead of earth to build upon, we find nothing but inconstant and deceiving waves.

 - Owen Feltham

Benazir BhuttoLeadership is a commitment to an idea, to a dream, and to a vision of what can be. And my dream is for my land and my people to cease fighting and allow our children to reach their full potential regardless of sex, status, or belief.

 - Benazir Bhutto

Benazir BhuttoThroughout the ages, leadership and courage have often been synonymous. Ultimately, leadership requires action: daring to take steps that are necessary but unpopular, challenging the status quo in order to reach a brighter future.

 - Benazir Bhutto

George PattonWe herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.

 - George Patton

Herman MelvilleIn time of peril, like the needle to the lodestone, obedience, irrespective of rank, generally flies to him who is best fitted to command.

 - Herman Melville

Theodore RooseveltPeople 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

Sheryl SandburgIn the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.

 - Sheryl Sandburg

Jame MattisThe primitive and often even atavistic aspects of the battlefield test the physical and mental agility of everyone, but most of what it tests is the courage and the spiritual side of the troops we put in harm's way. And oftentimes it's only unit cohesion, leadership and the belief in themselves and their comrades that allows them to go through what they have to go through and come home as better men and women, not as broken. And so the Warrior Ethos is not a luxury, it is essential when you have a military.

 - Jame Mattis

Leo TolstoyNot only does a good army commander not need any special qualities, on the contrary he needs the absence of the highest and best human attributes -- love, poetry, tenderness, and philosophic inquiring doubt. He should be limited, firmly convinced that what he is doing is very important (otherwise he will not have sufficient patience), and only then will he be a brave leader. God forbid that he should be humane, should love, or pity, or think of what is just and unjust.

 - Leo Tolstoy

Elizabeth MaryI know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm, and their inspiration to work together.

 - Elizabeth