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Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

Stephen Covey

From 4 to 6 percent of the presidential office is not in administration but in morals, politics, and spiritual leadership . He has to guide a people in the greatest adventure ever undertaken on the planet.

William Allen White

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

Ralph Nader

It is needful sometimes to disagree in order to agree eventually. Most especially in leadership/relationships.

Emeasoba George

It took a course from me for the Democratic leadership to realize we have an electoral college. 'But we got the popular vote!' Well you can take the MTA from Dorchester to Brookline. That's how far it'll get you.

Ira Carmen

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

John F. Kennedy

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

Jesse Louis Jackson

Leadership is a call to serve the populace/groups of people and not at all a call for the populace/groups of people to serve you. Secondly, leadership is a call to enrich the lives of the populace/groups of people via your policies, programs & projects. It is never a call to enrich your own self. Conclusively, leadership is a privilege to positively impact the lives of the populace/groups of people. It is as well an opportunity to leave landmarks for posterity, that will equally outlive you/speak for you, years after your demise. Now, that is just a food for thought for present leaders/potential leaders.

Emeasoba George

Leadership is always about how YOU lead YOURSELF. The rest comes as a natural result of that. Would YOU follow YOU?

Gordana Biernat

Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.

William Arthur Wood

Leadership is not magnetic personality--that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not making friends and influencing people --that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.

Peter Drucker

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Peter Drucker

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Stephen Covey

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

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.

Arnold Glasgow

Rule three hundred of obscure leadership if it's your idea, you get to implement it.

Leland Exton Modesitt, Jr.

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

Elaine Agather

The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led.

Spencer W. Kimball

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.

Warren Bennis

The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.

Faye Wattleton

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 D Eisenhower

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

Theodore Hesburgh

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

Theodore Hesburgh

The world is in dreadful need of men who will assume the new leadership – who will have the courage of their own visions and who will recognise clearly that we are only at the beginning of the voyage, and have to learn an entirely new system of seamanship.

Hendrik Willem van Loon

There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.

Bernd Brecher

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