Being a Leader

  1. A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte
  2. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. Theodore Hesburgh
  3. Pull the string and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it and it will go nowhere at all. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  4. The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive. Joe Batten
  5. Great necessities call forth great leaders. Abigail Adams
  6. 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
  7. Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. Albert Schweitzer
  8. Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. Dr. Robert Jarvik
  9. People don’t really care how much you know until they know how much you care. Mike McNight
  10. It’s not the critic who counts.  It’s not the man who points out where the grown man stumbles, or how the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt
  11. If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery
  12. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. George S. Patton, Jr.
  13. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theodore Roosevelt
  14. You can judge a leader by the size of the problem he tackles. Other people can cope with the waves, it’s his job to watch the tide. Antony Jay
  15. The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on. Walter Lippmann
  16. It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace. Andre Gide
  17. For every quarterback on the field, there are a thousand in the stands. Unknown
  18. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. Martin Luther King Jr.

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