Sunday, March 09, 2008

Leadership -

The best leader is the one who has the sense to surround himself with outstanding people and self-restraint not to meddle with how they do their jobs.

Due to a shortage of devoted followers, the production of great leaders has been discontinued.

Without a shepherd, sheep are not a flock. Russian Proverb

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. - Lucille Ball, 1911 - 1989

.People, like sheep, tend to follow a leader -- occasionally in the right direction.-- Alexander Chase

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

The man who commands efficiently must have obeyed others in the past, and the man who obeys dutifully is worthy of being some day a commander. --Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

... a minority committed to reason, to excellence, to the high principles of civilization, can make a difference. Society is not led from the middle, but from the top -- by the ideas of the thinkers, the discoveries of the explorers, the creations of the inventors, the words of the philosophers, the marvels of the builders, the sacrifices of the pioneers ... rudders are, as a rule, much smaller than the ships they steer. Leverage matters. Leverage, and whose hands are on the wheel.
Arthur C. Clarke & Michael Kube-McDowell,The Trigger, 1999, p. 446 (paperback edition)

The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. James Crook

The graveyards are full of indispensable men: De Gaulle

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. ~ Peter F. Drucker

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

To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men.--- Henry Havelock Ellis, Introduction to HUYSMANS, A Rebours (Against the Grain), 1884.

Effective leadership is visionary leadership.~ Mark Victor Hansen

There are no office hours for leaders. Cardinal James Gibbons

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.--- Theodore Hesburgh

The frustrated follow a leader less because of their faith that he is leading them to a promised land than because of their immediate feeling that he is leading them away from their unwanted selves. Surrender to a leader is not a means to an end but a fulfillment. Whither they are led is of secondary importance.-- Eric Hoffer

If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don't particularly like.-- Soichiro Honda

True leadership would convince people, rather than force them. --David C. Kifer

Let me pass! I have to follow them; I am their leader.--Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin, 15 May 1848.

Leaders should be the chief repenters. Jack Miller

As a leader you should always start with where people are before you try to take them to where you want them to go. ~ Jim Rohnh

The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be. But as it nevertheless intends all the time to be something dignified, at the next moment it corrects and checks and tries to cover up the absurd thing it was; so that a conventional world, a world of masks, is superimposed on the reality, and passes in every sphere of human interest for the reality itself. Humor is the perception of this illusion, whilst the convention continues to be maintained, as if we had not observed its absurdity. -- George Santayana

I had the patriotic conviction that, given great leadership of the sort I heard from Winston Churchill in the radio broadcasts to which we listened, there was almost nothing that the British people could not do.- Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p31

If you've got a message, preach it! The Old Testament prophets did not go out to the highways saying,"Brothers. I want a consensus." They said, "This is my faith and my vision! This is what I passionately believe." And they preached it. We have a message. Go out, preach it, practice it, fight for it - and the day will be ours.-- Margaret Thatcher, speech, Cardiff, 16 April 1979

When you get right down to it, one of the most important tasks of a leader is to eliminate his people's excuse for failure. - Robert Townsend

Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people. ~ Brian Tracy

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.Desmond Tutu (1931-____)In "Christian Science Monitor," 20 Dec 1984.

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.~ John Welch

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