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You can't imagine the extra work I had when I was a god. Hirohito, Emperor of Japan

We must become the change we want to see.- Mahatma Gandhi

Good leadership requires a balanced mix of paradoxes. Leaders need to be visionary yet practical, teachers yet learners, believers yet open-minded, assertive yet tolerant. Med Jones

To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ...When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves!" - Lao-tsu
If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants.
- Sir Isaac Newton
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers - Ralph Nader , president green party & US presidential candidate
Ah well! I am their leader, I really ought to follow them! - Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present, in China or elsewhere. If there is one, he is only pretending - Liu Shao-ch'i
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. - From an old African proverb
When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally. - Lao Tse
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. - Theodore Roosevelt
Many people find it reassuring to think that someone else has the answer;
others believe they have it and take control; CEO's frequently benefit
from the realization that there is not one answer. -Unknown
I will venture to lay it down for an infallible rule, that, if two persons equal in judgment play for a considerable sum, he that loves money the most shall lose; his anxiety for the success of the game confounds him. - Benjamin Franklin

Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing. - Warren Bennis

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. - Admiral Grace Hopper

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table. - Hubert H. Humphrey

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 Galbraith,. economist

The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.- Henry Miller

Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint. - Lewis H. Lapham

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. . . . The leader leads, and the boss drives. - Theodore Roosevelt

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on. . . . The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully. - Walter Lippmann

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. - Katharine Hepburn

In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions. - Margaret Wheatly

The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization. - Fred Fiedler & Martin Chemers

Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps. - David Loyd George

There is no contest between the company that buys the grudging compliance of its workforce and the company that enjoys the enterprising participation of its employees. - Ricardo Sempler

Excellence is not an accomplishment. It is a spirit, a never-ending process. - Lawrence M. Miller

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.- Max DePree

When what you are doing isn't working, you tend to do more of the same and with greater intensity. - Dr. Bill Maynard & Tom Champoux Heart

A friend of mine characterizes leaders simply like this: "Leaders don't inflict pain. They bear pain." - Max DePree

A new leader has to be able to change an organization that is dreamless, soulless and visionless ... someone's got to make a wake up call. - Warren Bennis

I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don't think that's quite it; it's more like jazz. There is more improvisation. - Warren Bennis

When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.- Lao Tse

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity - George Patton

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans. - Peter Drucker

Hell, there are no rules here--we're trying to accomplish something.- Thomas A. Edison

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

Where there is no vision, the people perish.- Proverbs

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Theresa

You can exert no influence if you are not susceptible to influence. --C. G. Jung
General Colin Powell's Rules
1.It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. 2.Get mad, then get over it. 3.Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. 4.It can be done! 5.Be careful what you choose. You may get it. 6.Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision. 7.You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours. 8.Check small things. 9.Share credit. 10.Remain calm. Be kind. 11.Have a vision. Be demanding. 12.Don't take counsel of your fears or nay-sayers. 13.Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

It is important that an aim never be defined in terms of activity or methods. It must always relate directly to how life is better for everyone. . . . The aim of the system must be clear to everyone in the system. The aim must include plans for the future. The aim is a value judgment. - W. Edwards Deming

The very essence of leadership is its purpose. And the purpose of leadership is to accomplish a task. That is what leadership does--and what it does is more important than what it is or how it works.- Colonel Dandridge M. Malone

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.- Muriel Strode

If you want to get to the top, you must have enough energy to go up against forces of gravity, Med Jones

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

In war, three quarters turns on personal character and relations; the balance of manpower and materials counts only for the remaining quarter. - Napoleon

Give us the tools, and we will finish the job. - Winston Churchill

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. - James Baldwin
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. Ralph Nader US lawyer, consumer advocate


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