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Famous Leadership & Motivational Quotes and Aphorisms

On June 08, 2009, in Basic leadership, by Neculai Fantanaru

Sir Winston Churchill wrote: “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.”

Quote nr. 1: Neculai Fantanaru
Leadership is a greater change process. It means getting to lead all those who told you that you will never get too far.

Quote nr. 2: Benjamin Disraeli
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?

Quote nr. 3: Napoleon Bonaparte
A leader is a dealer in hope.

Quote nr. 4: Theodore M. Hesburgh
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.

Quote nr. 5: Peter F. Drucker
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Quote nr. 6: George S. Patton
Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

Quote nr. 7: Dwight Eisenhower
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Quote nr. 8: William Feather
The sweaty players in the game of life always have more fun than the supercilious spectators.

Quote nr. 9: A. James
The wisdom of admitting your weaknesses and correcting them through continuous learning means leadership.

Quote nr. 10: Jerry McClain
The best example of leadership, is leadership by example.

Quote nr. 11: Theodore Roosevelt
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader sets the tone, and the boss assumes the success. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

Quote nr. 12: Liu Shao-ch'i
There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present, in China or elsewhere. If there is one, he is only pretending, like a pig inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look like an elephant.

Quote nr. 13: Jesus Christ
If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch.

Quote nr. 14: Henry Kissinger
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.

Quote nr. 15: General Douglas MacArthur
Never give an order that can't be obeyed.

Quote nr. 16: Sam Rayburn
You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.

Quote nr. 17: Andrew Carnegie
Here lies a man who knew how to enlist the service of better men than himself.

Quote nr. 18: Henry Gilmer
Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone’s following you.

Quote nr. 19: Jack Welch
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.

Quote nr. 20: Andrew Carnegie
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

Quote nr. 21: Manfred Kets de Vries
The force of articulating a harmonious and pragmatic vision, intertwined with the art of communication, to persuade and approve the coalitions of change means leadership.

Quote nr. 22: Kevin Cashman
Leadership is authentic influence that creates value.

Quote nr. 23: Kouzes and Posner
Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations.

Quote nr. 24: Rost
Leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes that reflect their mutual purposes.

Quote nr. 25: DePree
Leadership is liberating people to do what is required of them in the most effective and humane way possible.

Quote nr. 26: Kotter
Leadership is a process of producing changes, by setting a direction on aligning and motivating people.

Quote nr. 27: R. J. House
Leadership is the ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organizations of which they are members.

Quote nr. 28: Neculai I. Fantanaru
Leadership is like a book that in vain you are reading it, if you do not understand it. And in vain you understand it, if you cannot make use of its essence.

Quote nr. 29: Neculai I. Fantanaru
People who have no personality listen more to others than they themselves.

Quote nr. 30: Neculai I. Fantanaru
Leadership is like a first-degree equation with one unknown. If you know the right formula, everything becomes very easy. But the hardest thing is to find your own formula for success.

Quote nr. 31: Neculai I. Fantanaru
The hardest thing in the world is to do everything by yourself. And the most beautiful, to succeed.

Quote nr. 32: Neculai I. Fantanaru
Leadership is like painting. The secret of a very successful leadership is a combination of imagination and technique. In vain you have a lot of imagination, if you lack the proper technique. In vain you own a perfect technique, if you lack imagination.

Quote nr. 33: Neculai I. Fantanaru
Leadership is like a book with thousands and thousands and thousands of chapters. Is like a book that never ends.

Quote nr. 34: Neculai I. Fantanaru
Leadership is like a poetry – you don't need to learn it by heart, you must always add new lyrics to it.

Quote nr. 35: Neculai I. Fantanaru
Efficiency does not mean reading a thousand books, but reading that one book that is worth a thousand books.

Quote nr. 36: Neculai I. Fantanaru
The ability of the leader to recognize people's emotions and to make them increasingly more active is the most important tool for success in his kit of qualities.

Quote nr. 37: Neculai I. Fantanaru
You got to love leadership in order to understand it.

Quote nr. 38: Neculai I. Fantanaru
To have talent in a particular area means to realize with a complete ease just those things that others consider them very difficult to achieve.

Quote nr. 39: Neculai I. Fantanaru
Leadership is an alchemy that combines your human skills with your professional capacities in order to use your full potential and to transform it in "gold".

Quote nr. 40: Neculai I. Fantanaru
To the performant leadership is not near the man who obtain a common success, but the one who constantly ensure himself new successes, the one who always guarantees new exceptional results.

Quote nr. 41: Neculai I. Fantanaru
You cannot consider yourself truly good in a direction, up until you become the Best.

Quote nr. 42: Neculai I. Fantanaru
A leader's motto: "Once you find the secret, all you have to do is to play better than the others... much better ! "

Quote nr. 43: Neculai I. Fantanaru
What does leadership mean? Leadership is, first of all, a test of balance, and then an evaluation test. You cannot be beaten in "walking on the wire" as long as no one else is practicing "walking on the wire".

Quote nr. 44: Neculai I. Fantanaru
Leadership is a story with an endless number of chapters. And you can always conceive a new story.

Quote nr. 45: Neculai I. Fantanaru
Many people look to the stars, but too few manage to rise to their level of brilliance.

Quote nr. 46: Neculai I. Fantanaru
There are people who wouldn't hurt a fly, but others condemn them every step of the way. And there are people who wouldn't do any good to anyone, but others prefer them instead. (The paradox of extremes)

Quote nr. 47: Neculai I. Fantanaru
It is better to wait for something precious that makes you stay motivated in life, than to live intensely a precious life without a strong motivation.


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