Quotes and Thoughts on Leadership

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Do not follow where thepath may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Harold R. McAlindon
(also attributed to Emerson and others)

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

There go the people.
I must follow them for I am their leader.
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great
people and knowshow to hold them together.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his
command make him.
General Douglas MacArthur

Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception.
V. Cousin

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

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.
Chinese Proverb

Be known for pleasing others, espcecially if you govern
them...Rulingother has one advantage: you can do more good than
anyoneelse.
Baltasar Gracián

Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what
they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job
is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we
havedone it ourselves.
Lao Tzu

A leader is a dealer in hope.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your
starself-reliance, faith, honesty and industry. Don't take too much
advice — keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that
the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire
above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination
with the right motive, are the levers that move the world."
Noah Porter

"There is always room for a man of force and he makes room for many.
Society is a troopof thinkers and the best heads among them take the
best places."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

"He who has never learned to obey
cannot be a good commander."
Aristotle

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of
comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm."
Publilius Syrus

"A leader is a dealer in hope."
Napoleon Bonaparte

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


"Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a
general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points."
Horace

"In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer."
Henry W. Longfellow


"Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise."
Woodrow Wilson

"The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to
excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the
governed."
Publius Syrus


"To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must
of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never
yet hatched froma goose's egg."
James Thomas


"He who has learned how to obey will know how to command."
Solon

"When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means
to carry it out."
Napoleon Bonaparte

"No man can stand on top because he is put there."
H. H. Vreeland

"A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward."
Ovid


"No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."
Abraham Lincoln

"No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his
lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the
right man for the right place."
Philip Armour

"To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more
difficult."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself."
Latin Proverb

"Let him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to
convince himself."
Thomas Carlyle

"A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when
victory is impossible.".
Polybius
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