What is leadership? Leadership quotes – 4

What is leadership? – Searching for a definition (Part 4)

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Let’s look at some more quotations about leadership:

A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see.Leroy Eimes, author and leadership expert
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.Rosalynn Carter, former US first lady
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, US Army
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.Former US President John Quincy Adams
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.Jack Welch, former GE chairman and CEO
Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.U.S. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.President Theodore Roosevelt
Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.Warren G. Bennis, founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California
To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!Lao Tsu, Chinese philosopher
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, writer, reporter and political commentator
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.General George S. Patton, US Army
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker
In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.Former US President Harry Truman
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a followerSteve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple
If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.Benjamin Hooks, retired director of the NAACP
You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.Sam Rayburn, former speaker of the US House of Representatives
You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.US President Dwight D. Eisenhower

In conclusion, I am struck by the emphasis on people: Leadership involves people – other people. So leadership is not only about the person who leads, but it is also about the people who are being led.

Next, let us look at arriving at a working definition of leadership and look at its implications.

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Paul Navamani

Sri Lanka Chapter Mentor for Business Seva/Partners Worldwide | Trainer for Experiential Learning. >>

Join me on a journey as we explore leadership, various theories about leadership, leadership styles, case studies, leadership development techniques and practical applications of leadership in the 21st Century