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In its essence, leadership in an organizational role involves (1) establishing a clear vision, (2) sharing (communicating) that vision with others so that they will follow willingly, (3) providing the information, knowledge, and methods to realize that vision, and (4) coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members or stakeholders. A leader comes to the forefront in case of crisis, and is able to think and act in creative ways in difficult situations. Unlike management, leadership flows from the core of a personality and cannot be taught, although it may be learnt and may be enhanced through coaching or mentoring.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. - Peter Drucker, Management Author (1909 - 2005)

The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Colin Powell US Secretary of State (1937 - )

“We know that leadership is very much related to change. As the pace of change accelerates, there is naturally a greater need for effective leadership.” - John Kotter, Management Author

“It's the price of leadership to do the thing you believe has to be done at the time it must be done” - Lyndon B. Johnson  (American 36th US President (1963-69). 1908-1973)

“Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better.” - Bill Bradley  (American retired NBA Basketball Player and Senator, ran for President in 2000, b.1943)

Good leadership requires a balanced mix of paradoxes. Leaders need to be visionary yet practical, teachers yet learners, believers yet open-minded, assertive yet tolerant. - Med Yones, President International Institute of Management

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. - Dwight D. Eisenhower US President (1890 - 1969)

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), speech prepared for delivery in Dallas the day of his assassination, November 22, 1963

One of the hardest tasks of leadership is understanding that you are not what you are, but what you're perceived to be by others. - Edward L. Flom

Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation. - William Arthur Wood

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes. - Tony Blair (1953 - )

Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves. - Stephen Covey, the 8th habit

Men make history, and not the other way around. 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. Harry S Truman (1884 - 1972)

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. - Marian Anderson

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together. - Jesse Jackson

The only real training for leadership is leadership. - Anthony Jay

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. -  Ralph Nader (1934 - )

Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them -- this is of the essence of leadership. - Theodore H. White, The Making of the President, 1960

You do not lead by hitting people over the head-that's assault, not leadership. - Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. - Harold Geneen, Chairman, ITT Corp.

The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it. - Elaine Agather

Men make history, and not the other way around. 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. - Harry S Truman (1884 - 1972)

Good leadership consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
John D. Rockefeller (1839 - 1937)

“Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done.” - Vance Packard  (American Writer, 1914-1996)

“The only real training for leadership is leadership.” - Anthony Jay

“Leadership must be established from the top down.”
Sam Rayburn  (American Politician and Lawyer. He was responsible for passage of New Deal legislation, 1882-1961)

“If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone 'America died from a delusion that she had moral leadership'.” - Will Rogers  (American entertainer, famous for his pithy and homespun humor, 1879-1935)

“Where there is no leadership the people fall, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)” - The Bible

“Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.” - George Bush  (American 41st US President (1989-93), b.1924)

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” - Harvey S. Firestone  (American industrialist founder of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.,1868-1938)

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” - Tony Blair  (British Prime Minister from the Labor Party, b. b.1953)

“Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.” - Tom Landry

“Education is the mother of leadership.” - Wendell L. Willkie  (American Republican presidential candidate in 1940, 1892-1944)

“Enduring setbacks while maintaining the ability to show others the way to go forward is a true test of leadership.” - Nitin Nohria

“Great leadership does not mean running away from reality. Sometimes the hard truths might just demoralize the company, but at other times sharing difficulties can inspire people to take action that will make the situation better.” - John Kotter

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.”

“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  (British Politician and Prime Minister. b.1925)

“Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church”  - Eleanor Roosevelt  (American United Nations Diplomat, Humanitarian and First Lady (1933-45), wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US president. 1884-1962)

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done” - Dwight David Eisenhower  (American 34th President (1953-61). 1890-1969)

“There will never be world peace until God's house and God's people are given their rightful place of leadership at the top of the world”

“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there” - James Buchanan  (American 15th US President (1857-61). 1791-1868)

“We need not just a new generation of leadership but a new gender of leadership” - Bill Clinton  (American 42nd US President (1993-2001), b.1946)

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people”
Indira Gandhi  (Indian Politician and Prime Minister. 1917-1984)

“Leadership is the ability to do, not the ability to state” - Paul Von Ringelheim

“O' the mass of arms, the brilliant leadership, the courage and magnitude of the ancient armies of Greece, combined to conquer the city of Troy - all that, and ten years of perseverance” - Hipponax the Satirist

“Leadership has been defined as the ability to hide your panic from others”

“It is the responsibility of leadership to provide opportunity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute.” - William Pollard

“Leadership is action, not position.” - Donald H. McGannon

“One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.” - Dennis A. Peer

“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 David Eisenhower  (American 34th President (1953-61). 1890-1969)



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