Leader Quote #1 – John Adair
The chief executive who knows his strengths and weaknesses as a leader is likely to be far more effective than the one who remains blind to them. He also is on the road to humility — that priceless attitude of openness to life that can help a manager absorb mistakes, failures, or personal shortcomings.


Leader Quote #2 – Russell H. Ewing
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.


Leader Quote #3 – John Milton
A crown, golden in show is but a wreath of thorns.


Leader Quote #4 – Author Unknown
A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.


Leader Quote #5 – Robert Townsend
A good leader needs to have a compass in his head and a bar of steel in his heart.


Leader Quote #6 – Arnold H. Glasgow
A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.


Leader Quote #7 – Jim Rohn
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.


Leader Quote #8 – Jules Ormont
A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.


Leader Quote #9 – Claude Taylor
A leader certainly needs a clear vision of the organization and where it is going, but a vision is of little value unless it is shared in a way so as to generate enthusiasm and commitment. Leadership and communication are inseparable.


Leader Quote #10 – Ralph Lauren
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.


Leader Quote #11 – Napoleon Bonaparte
A leader is a dealer in hope.


Leader Quote #12 – Joel A. Barker
A leader is a person you will follow to a place you wouldn’t go by yourself.


Leader Quote #13 – Lao-Tzu
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.


Leader Quote #14 – John C. Maxwell
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.


Leader Quote #15 – John Updike
A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.


Leader Quote #16 – Sam Ervin
A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.


Leader Quote #17 – Ken Adelman
A leader knows what’s best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it.


Leader Quote #18 – Golda Meir
A leader who doesn’t hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.


Leader Quote #19 – Author Unknown
A leader’s job is to look into the future and see the organization not as it is, but as it can become.


Leader Quote #20 – James Crook
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.


Leader Quote #21 – Ovid
A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.


Leader Quote #22 – Thomas J. Peters
All business success rests on something labeled a sale, which at least momentarily weds company and customer.


Leader Quote #23 – John Kenneth Galbraith
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.


Leader Quote #24 – Author Unknown
Among the blind the one eyed is king.


Leader Quote #25 – Author Unknown
An army of deer would be more formidable commanded by a lion, than a an army of lions commanded by a stag.


Leader Quote #26 – Napoleon Bonaparte
An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood.


Leader Quote #27 – Charles Knight
Anybody who accepts mediocrity — in school, on the job, in life — is a person who compromises, and when the leader compromises, the whole organization compromises.


Leader Quote #28 – Publilius Syrus
Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.


Leader Quote #29 – Warren G. Bennis
Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.


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