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The signs of outstanding leadership
by Max De Pree

The signs of outstanding leadership
appear primarily among the followers.
Are the followers reaching their potential?
Are they learning? Serving?
Do they achieve the required results?
Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?
- Max De Pree

Related topics: Motivational Business Leadership Success

No one has been barred on account of his race
from fighting or dying for America,
there are no white or colored signs
on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
- John F. Kennedy

From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny
is in trouble and reminders that its structure
is as brittle as its surface is hard.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

 

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Management is doing things right;
leadership is doing the right things.
- Peter F. Drucker

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

Leaders are those who empower others.
- Bill Gates

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

A leader is not one who says, "Follow me."
A leader is one who says, "I'll go first."
- Neale Donald Walsch

Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved.
He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
- Ralph Nader

Your success will shine as a light of hope
and inspire numbers you cannot total.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

leading by example creates a degree of
loyalty and overall success
that cannot be achieved through
issuing orders from a lofty office.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Winston Churchill

You manage things, you lead people.
- Grace Hopper

I cannot trust a man to control others
who cannot control himself.
- Robert E. Lee

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

Don't try to manage people;
You manage things; You lead people.
- Grace Hopper

The glue that holds all relationships together -
including the relationship between; the leader and the led
is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
- Brian Tracy

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.
- George Washington Carver

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

To lead people walk behind them.
- Lao Tzu

Lead follow or get out of the way.
- Thomas Paine

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The buck stops here.
- Harry S. Truman

It is better to lead from behind
and to put others in front,
especially when you celebrate victory
when nice things occur.
You take the front line when there is danger.
Then people will appreciate your leadership.
- Nelson Mandela

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus
but a molder of consensus.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
- Albert Einstein

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
- John Quincy Adams

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

Example is leadership.
- Albert Schweitzer

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust.
Service brings satisfaction.
Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
- James Cash Penney

The man of genius inspires us with
a boundless confidence in our own powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy

The expert in battle seeks his victory
from strategic advantage
and does not demand it from his men.
- Sun Tzu

Being a leader is like being a lady,
if you have to go around telling people you are one, you aren't.
- Margaret Thatcher

Never hold discussions with the monkey
when the organ grinder is in the room.
- Winston Churchill

I must follow the people.
Am I not their leader?
- Benjamin Disraeli

The man who promises everything, is sure to fulfill nothing,
and everyone who promises too much is in danger of
using evil means in order to carry out his promises,
and is already on the road to perdition.
- Carl Jung

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

Some single mind must be master,
else there will be no agreement in anything.
- Abraham Lincoln

Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver.
The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver,
the less he demands in slaughter.
- Winston Churchill

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
- Buddhist Proverb

Laziness may appear attractive,
but work gives satisfaction.
- Anne Frank

The shortest and surest way to
live with honor in the world,
is to be in reality
what we would appear to be.
- Socrates

Leap and the net will appear.
- John Burroughs

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

You can live the life you love -
even in the face of the most challenging circumstances.
While sometimes it may appear that life throws more obstacles
in your path than you can handle,
you can always choose to be happy.
Yes, you are that powerful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is impossible for a man to conceal himself.
In every act, word or gesture,
he stands revealed as he is,
and not as he would have himself appear to be.
From the Universe, nothing is or can be hidden.
- Ernest Holmes

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient.
It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

In principle, the great religions of the world
do not differ as much as they appear to.
- Ernest Holmes

Old friends pass away, new friends appear.
It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives.
The important thing is to make it meaningful:
a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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