Quotes & Proverbs

20 Succinct Quotes on Leadership

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1. “A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.” – Russell H. Ewing

2. “Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.” – Edwin H. Friedman

3. “Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics, like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure.” – Admiral Arleigh A. Burke

4. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf

5. “The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” – Eric Hoffer

6. “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

7. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

8. “Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.” – E. F. Schumacher

9. “The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run ever faster if encouraged.” – Publius Ovidius Naso Ovid

10. “The only real training for leadership is leadership.” – Anthony Jay

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

12. “The three “C’s”of leadership are Consideration,Caring,and Courtesy. Be polite to everyone.” – Brian Tracy

13. “It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.” – Seneca

14. “I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.” – Robert E. Lee

15. “In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes.” – John Erskine

16. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

18. “Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.” – Robert Half

19. I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a “transformer” in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.” – Stephen R. Covey

20. “Never let the competition define you. Instead, you have to define yourself based on a point of view you care deeply about.” – Tom Chappel

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