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Leadership Quotes – Free

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A two page document of leadership quotes from famous people can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things – Peter F. Drucker 

Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results – George S. Patton

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

You do not lead by hitting someone over the head – that’s assault, not leadership – Dwight Eisenhower 

A leader is a dealer in hope – Napoleon Bonaparte 

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? – Benjamin Disraeli

The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it – Elaine Agather 

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too – Robert Half 

Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men — the other 999 follow women – Groucho Marx 

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet – Theodore M. Hesburgh 

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

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd – James Crook 

People cannot be managed. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led – H. Ross Perot 

If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch – The Bible

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility – St. Augustine 

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all – Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes – Lewis Grizzard

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves – Lao-Tzu

It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead — and find no one there – Franklin D. Roosevelt 

What you cannot enforce, do not command – Sophocles 

It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse – Adlai Stevenson 

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times – Everett Dirksen

The only safe ship in a storm is leadership – Faye Wattleton 

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants – Isaac Newton 

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert’s advice – James Callaghan 

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

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority – Kenneth Blanchard 

Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach – Rosabeth Moss Kantor 

If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention – Tom Peters 

It’s not my wish to be the boss of you. My desire in life is simply to be the boss of me – Andrew Wood


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Leadership Quotes – Free


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