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28 Inspiring Quotes on Leadership in Business

Blog Post created by 1052312 on Dec 17, 2014

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Want to be inspired to lead? Follow these examples.

Leadership is a learned skill. You can learn how to lead others by examining leaders you admire, by following their examples and listening to their advice. These quotes can help. Study the words and find out more about the leaders who spoke them--and whether they lived up to their own advice. See if their words make a difference in your leadership role.

 

 

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

2. "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough." Mario Andretti

3. "There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust." Klaus Balkenhol

4. "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

5. "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

6. "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 Thatcher

7. "A vision we give to others of who and what they could become has power when it echoes what the spirit has already spoken into their souls." Larry Crabb

8. "Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do." Warren G. Bennis

9. "Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry." Winston Churchill

10. "Hire character. Train skill." Peter Schutz

11. "Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems." Brian Tracy

12. "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

13. "If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever." G.K. Chesterton

14. "Great leadership is about human experiences. It's 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

15. "The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."Ralph Nader

16. "People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." John Maxwell

17. "Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them." Robert Jarvik

18. "A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him." Mark Brouwer

19. "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Solomon in Proverbs 29:18

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

21. "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." Rosalynn Carter

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

23. "Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand." Colin Powell

24. "Leadership is not magnetic personality that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not 'making friends and influencing people'--that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations." Peter F. Drucker

25. "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

26. "The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow a weak trumpet." Theodore Hesburgh

27. "A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." Max Lucado

28. "All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: It was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership." John Kenneth Galbraith

 

reposted from Inc.com

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