Q4 Quotes

Below are some inspiring quotes about leadership, success, change management, talent, and more from some of our favorite leaders.  We add to these often so be sure to check back!

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

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker

“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold Glasow

“Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.” – Robert Half

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” – Theodore M. Hesburgh

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry Kissinger

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.” – Warren Bennis

“Leadership is intentional influence.” – Michael McKinney

“Men make history and not the other way around.”  – Harry Truman

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers…” – General Colin Powell

“If you seek to lead,invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct.” – Dee Hock

“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still.” – Harry Truman

“Leadership must be based on goodwill.”  – Admiral James B. Stockdale

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

“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.” – Peter Drucker

“Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” – Henry Peter Brougham

“You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” – Sam Rayburn

“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.” – Walter Lippmann

“Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry Truman

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

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max DePree

“…no matter how hard-fought the issue, never get personal.” – George Bush

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is…against the right wall.” – Stephen Covey

“The leader must know, must know he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around him that he knows.” – Clarence Randall

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey

“Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone’s following you.” – Henry Gilmer

“Change is not only likely, it’s inevitable.” – Barbara Sher

“…do your homework. You can’t lead without knowing what you’re talking about…” – George Bush

“Authority should be seen as a part of leadership, not as a way around it.” – Michael McKinney

“He who has great power should use it lightly.” – Seneca

“Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.” – Admiral James B. Stockdale

“Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated.” – Fred Smith

“Use your power as a leader to persuade, not intimidate…” – George Bush

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time.” – George Orwell

“Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity.” – Scott Berkun

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”  – Jack Welch

“If you don’t understand you work for your mislabeled ‘subordinates,’ then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.” – Dee Hock

“…be considerate of the needs of your colleagues, even if they’re at the bottom of the totem pole…” – George Bush

“The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led.” – Ross Perot

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

“To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” – Harry Truman

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

“Individual commitment to a group effort  -that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John Maxwell

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Kenneth Blanchard

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

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey S. Firestone

“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold Glasow

“Leadership  is not a formula or program, it’s a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others.” – Lance Secretan

“Do the thing and you will be given the power.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.” – Rollo May

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – VinceLombardi

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” – Thomas Edison

“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” – Anthony Robbins

“It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.”  -Ralph Ellison

“A good leader is not the person who does things right, but the person who finds the right things to do.” – Anthony T. Dadovano

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

“Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost self-esteem of personnel.  If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton

“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Elliot

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”  – Benjamin Mays

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, `if you only walk long enough.'” – Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” – Aldous Huxley

“You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” – William Hazlitt

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

“Winning is important, but what brings real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing.” – Phil Jackson

“We learn by example & experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.” – Malcolm Gladwell

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.” – Pete Seeger

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams

“The glue that holds all relationships together including between the leader & the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” – Brian Tracy

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” -Barry LePatner

“Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed,it is the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead

“In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin

“Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another & of strength to be derived by unity.” – Vince Lombardi

“A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way.” – Swahili proverb

“The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place.” – Orison Swett Marden

“Leadership  is doing what is right when no one is watching.” – George Van Valkenburg

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

“Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.” – Albert Einstein

“The only limits are, as always, those of vision.” – James Broughton

“I am a member of a team, and rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm

“To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.” – Tryon Edwards

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity!  But I made it!  Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come.  Get up and make them!” – C.J. Walker

“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” – Virginia Burden

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