35 Greatest Leadership Quotes of All-Time from the World’s Greatest Leaders

Leadership Quotes —                                        Greatest Leadership Quotes of all-time

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change” — Charles Darwin

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”  — Abraham Lincoln

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” — Peter F. Drucker
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell

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

“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” —Vince Lombardi

“It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead — and find no one there.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” —Andrew Carnegie

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” — Nelson Mandela

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” — John Kenneth Galbraith

“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 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.” — Warren G. Bennis

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” — Warren G. Bennis

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” — Tom Peters

“The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”  — William James

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

“Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination.” — Warren Bennis

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Sometimes, I think my most important job as a CEO is to listen for bad news. If you don’t act on it, your people will eventually stop bringing bad news to your attention and that is the beginning of the end.” – Bill Gates

“Kindness is more powerful than compulsion.” – Charles Schwab

“Cowards die many times before their death. The valiant never taste death but once.” — William Shakespeare

“The ability to deal with people is as purchasable as a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other thing under the sun.” – John D. Rockefeller

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

“It takes character and control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five Minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Bernard Baruch

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

“Leadership is the lifting of a man’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a man’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a man’s personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter F. Drucker

“The best leaders are the best note-takers, best askers and best learners – They are shameless thieves” — Tom Peters

“The only test of leadership is that somebody follows.” — Robert K. Greenleaf

What is the key to success?  – “Never . . . Never . . . Never . . . Never Give Up” — Winston Churchill

 There you have it, the quotes that still inspire, said by some of the greatest leaders of all-time. “There is a leader in all of us. To release your inner leadership strength, there has to be a need and an opportunity. There is always an opportunity to be the leader of your life, and the role of leader is not reserved for legends. These quotes come from individuals like us, who were once babies, received nurture, mentoring, and an opportunity that fulfilled an inner desire that propelled them to leadership lore. These are the leaders that are well-known and have left a legacy through words and stories. Other great leaders are unsung by society and leave an ever-lasting impact through the people they have touched. Our mothers, fathers, and the sacrifices embraced by our unnamed ancestors have blazed the path that we travel today. We lead with our actions and that creates the environment of tomorrow. We all take responsiblity and we all take the blame…we are all leaders.”

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7 Areas of Limitation in Career Development

  1. Limited Self-Belief and Lack of Self-Esteem

As career professionals, we generally underestimate our own abilities and attribute a greater degree of efficiency and aptitude to others. This limiting belief holds career development back from achieving its full potential. Professionals who desire career advancement need to understand that their abilities match up competitively with others in their field. Developing self-belief and self-esteem are the first steps for successful self-representation. Confidence is contagious and easily identified.

  1. Self-Defeating Behaviors

Everyone has habits, some good and some bad. Bad habits interfere with career development. Saying inappropriate things or making improper gestures at the wrong time does not present itself favorably with co-workers, bosses, or gatekeepers. Behaviors develop reputations that precede professional engagements. Judgments are passed based on previous work behaviors and rumors are spread that illuminate this perceived flaw. Stress and fatigue contribute to less than desirable behavior and being aware of other’s reactions is a tell sign that should alert us to keep or replace enacted behaviors.

  1. Uninformed about Steps and Techniques Needed for Progression and Advancement

Most workers find themselves doing repetitive tasks and wonder why they’re not advancing. Some people are satisfied doing the ordinary, but not you (or you wouldn’t be wasting your time reading this). Ask questions – how did she move up so fast? What did she do? How did she do it? Who was her contact? Here are 7 steps that can be implemented right away and possibly the missing element needed for your promotion: 1. Create relationships 2. Be early, leave late 3. Do more than asked 4. Tell everyone how great your boss is 5. Support other departments 6. Ask for more work and do it 7. Ask for a promotion. If you don’t accept just getting by then you will advance. Ultimately, the blame for our failure or success rests on our shoulders and we need to identify the sequential steps to meet our needs regardless of how difficult these steps could be.

  1. Misaligned Goals and Values

Goals and values are not the same thing. However, negative effects are felt when they are not in sync. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Is that really where you want to be? What do you value most in life? Does that goal align with your most important value? When goals and values are aligned, there is an aura of synergy that is created, jubilance in work follows, new energy is created, positive momentum is created, and a resounding vigor is experienced. Do you feel a weight on your shoulders? Maybe your goals and values are in misalignment. What quick change could you make to have the two roads meet?

  1. Lack of Self-Awareness concerning Strengths, Knowledge, and Abilities (KSAs)

Never underestimate your education and life experience. Most people do. We all have strengths, but not all of us take the time and put in the effort needed to make innate strengths into abilities. Not knowing your strengths can limit your development for the long-term. What do you enjoy doing? What do you do without any effort? Where do you get the most compliments from others? We all have life experiences that shape our behaviors and attitudes. These life lessons are not learned or experienced by everyone. We learn by doing. It is common to underestimate our knowledge. We assume that others know the same things and others have had similar experiences. This is not the case. We share similar experiences within cultures, but the overall picture for each individual is unique. We are all different in our own ways and have something valuable to add to the conversation. Never underestimate your value.

  1. Inability to Communicate Effectively

Did you ever hear of the game “telephone”? A message is whispered from one player to the next and the message heard by the last player is always completely different from the original message. The biggest problem in today’s fast paced, over-worked, and over-informed environment is the inability to communicate effectively. As an author or writer, one learns to write as if the audience does not know anything. On the other hand, when we speak or write, we generally accept that our audience has a basic understanding of the topic. The error in communication lies in not clearly providing the message as it is intended. Critical points are excluded to maximize time, but those points need to be filled in by the audience receiving the message. This misunderstanding leads to crucial errors and ultimately destroys more time than was initially saved. Take the time to communicate your message clearly and effectively in the first place and save yourself the headache of having to clean up the associated errors.

  1. Lack of Leveraging Networks and Relationships

The general belief is that our closest friends and family are the only ones who would help us in times of need. Studies on social networking suggest that this is completely wrong. Your external network is willing to help and you need to leverage the benefits. Loose connections seem to provide greater benefits and they find greater opportunities that your immediate network could never realize. The power of your external network exists in its positioning which is completely outside your immediate network’s reach. Ask for support and probe your distant network to see how they can support your career development. People are willing to help. It’s our nature. Your external network could provide the needed boost that will take your career to the next level. If your distant network is limited then you need to create an action plan for cultivating connections. In today’s globalized and interconnected economy, competition is high, and relationships are gold. Ultimately, this works because of reciprocity and the genuine character of our kind. When you get the opportunity, pay it forward because what goes around comes around.

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We NEED Ethical Leadership

GlaxoSmithKline to pay 3 billion in fines for bribing MDs to prescribe and illegally promote Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia where it was not regulated by the FDA and withheld research showing adverse effects (i.e. stroke).
MDs need to be held responsible for prescribing and endangering patients lives when they knew of the consequences.
Medical licenses should be stripped.
MDs take the Hippocratic oath and it doesn’t state that they should endanger people for their own financial gain.
**We all knew this was happening and now here is the proof.
Here is the Link to the full story in the Chicago Tribune: http://alturl.com/a87so
These are the problems at the top that are trickling down.
When leadership is corrupt, companies and followers crash and burn.
We need ethical leadership.
Collateral damage in the name of individual wealth is unacceptable.
We need accountability and transparency.
Checks and balances, oaths and laws, trust and integrity, are foundational and need to be leveraged for the greater good.
This is a prime example of why leadership is extremely valuable and important.
Crash and burn or survive and thrive? I know what Leadership I want to follow.

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100 Most Influential World Leaders of All Time

This is an incredible Slide Share on Leadership and I had to share it with you – Please enjoy!!

Leadership Essentials: Public Speaking

Public speaking is the #1 feared activity which is why leadership is magnified through the lens of public speaking.  Great leadership is communicated with a superior ability to provide dynamic speeches in public that capture people’s imaginations.

The public speaking platform is essential for leadership and developing the ability to communicate effectively to large audiences is crucial for leadership excellence.

Great leaders such as JFK and MLK are instantly recognized by only a few letters because their ability to communicate in the public speaking forum transformed our world and culture. Their legacies have grown because new generations view their legendary speeches which speak volumes about them as individuals. Powerful speakers create a magical connection with their viewers that is simply captivating and is the basis of leadership.

The art of public speaking can be learned by any motivated individual who desires to make an impact with their leadership communication. A very skilful communicator creates a connection, motivation, inspiration, and action through their command of message and the relatability of their communication style.

Becoming a presidential type speaker takes time and deliberate practice is needed to develop the necessary skills. Some people have the natural gift of gab and are fearless in front of large crowds, but this is not typical of everyone.

Ronald Reagan, known as the “Great Communicator”, developed his speaking abilities first as an actor and then as a spokesperson for General Electric (GE) touring the country for over a decade. He developed his public speaking abilities that transformed him from an actor into the President of the United States of America. “Public speaking is a vital Leadership skill”.

Action Steps for Improving Leadership with Public Speaking

Learn to cultivate your personal story and practice communicating to audiences. Start small to gain confidence and then expand to keep challenging yourself after you become comfortable. The rule is, “if you are too comfortable, then you are not challenging yourself enough”.

I recommend initially videotaping yourself giving speeches which will allow you to be your first critic and reduce flaws before presenting to your first audience. Video feedback has been found to be one of the best ways to give and receive feedback. You won’t believe how you really look…

Secondly, joining a public speaking group such as Toastmasters.org or taking a Dale Carnegie public speaking class will increase your learning ability and simultaneously provide community support from like-minded people. Lastly, the cheaper way to develop your public speaking would be reading a book and I recommend “Stand and Deliver” – a small book that packs a large punch.

If your aim is to be a leader then public speaking is an essential skill you must develop for success.

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The Future of Leadership

According to Abraham Maslow, Peter Drucker’s management principles accurately apply to the leaders who have evolved and are at the top of human development. These leaders have met all of their requirements in life and their needs are fulfilled. The strategies purported by Peter Drucker neatly fit the lifestyle of the prototypical leader.

Applying Peter Drucker’s principles to leadership is an effective way to operate with efficiency and success. However, these tactics are only effective for a small minority of leaders.

Today, leadership is not based on old-school principles of preformatted industry giants with similar executive knowhow who replace each other with symmetry. Rather, the leadership role has embraced different styles and types of individuals that compliment the change in society at large. Tomorrow’s leadership will continue to diversify and change in lockstep with the ever adapting economy. The knowledge economy has shifted responsibilities of leadership to a new breed of self-starters and entrepreneurs who do not possess the skills required from a leader who fits into Peter Drucker’s leadership principles.

Employees are more informed, consumers are more informed, the media keeps leaders honest, and the distance between yesterday and today is vast. Differentiated leaders will be the norm, and differentiation will be the requirement for continued economic success. The leadership dynamics have changed in some places, and will change in most places in the near future.

Leadership is not an isolated position as it once was, but rather, an all-inclusive “lead from the center” task that requires more interpersonal sophistication and greater self-awareness than ever before.

The landscape of leadership is not a “one size fits all” equation and all the gimmicks such as the top five qualities list will not suffice for enhanced effective leadership. Rather, leadership is simpler than it may appear. Leadership is at times scripted because people are still sensitive, but the old playbook has evolved into a more advanced scheme.

The power distance has decreased which has exposed the leadership position to increased scrutiny. The generational gap once highly guarded at the leadership position has been removed and the unassuming are taking the leadership reins. These young guns are not the prototypical leader of the past. They have to fill the leadership role with effectiveness in order for success because the leadership position is a critical component to the operations of the business.

The younger leader has to meet the leadership demand with attentiveness and ingenuity that requires a set of prior needs to be met that comes with experience. The time has not been amassed to produce the life satisfaction needed to bring desired competence to the leadership position. Regardless, the leadership task needs to be met and alternative methods need to be addressed to compensate for the lack of life experience. These are weaknesses that need to be developed into competence and designed strengths need to be maximized and leveraged to achieve leadership success.

Implementing techniques to facilitate the learning sequence using a shortcut method is the ideal approach for today’s young leader. A bold prediction follows: The leaders of today will surpass the leaders of yesterday because there are more weapons available for development, there is more openness for accepting failure, and the leadership role has expanded to include those from any race, creed, or color. The talent that is allowed to develop today is far and wide. The internal competition will fuel results and the inclusion will empower the once excluded into our super leaders of the future.

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Strengths-Based Process: Leveraging Strengths for Success

We all have strengths – We all have weaknesses.

The common consensus is that we should improve our weaknesses to become more balanced and competent.  This misinformed belief leads people to become average. None of us are satisfied with average – there has to be another way to develop.

Yes, you need to be aware of your weaknesses and not allow them to inhibit your development.  Weaknesses need to be mitigated, but spending all of our time focusing on improving weaknesses is an exercise in futility.

We all have areas of weakness. There are several reasons for this and one reason is it is physically impossible to be perfect at everything. The best reason is that we do not mentally and physically enjoy doing the things we are weakest at doing and spend less time operating in those areas.  We avoid doing things that are unpleasant and we gravitate to doing the things that we enjoy the most. The things we enjoy doing the most become our strengths because we have more deliberate practice in these areas. Ultimately, we should concentrate on maximizing our strengths because we enjoy spending our energy and time focusing on these areas.

  • We have more to offer others when we express our strengths and cultivate our expertise.

Now that we have a mutual understanding on strengths and weaknesses; let me introduce you to the lever that enhances the strengths-based system.

There is an economic principle called competitive advantage.

It states that two competent people making two items each usually possess the ability to do one thing better than the other.  When each of them focuses on their strength – they can maximize their output in their best area.

Each person can produce more of one item when focused on doing only the thing they are best at doing instead of including their weaker skill. Each person has an abundance of one item and they need to fulfill the need provided by the item they did not create.

The key to unlocking the strength-based process is TRADE.

Trade creates wealth and Countries use this principle well.  Our civilization originated by using a bartering system which grew into a money system which is all based on the economic principle of competitive advantage. We as individuals can leverage this principle for our individual competitive advantage.

The prescription for implementation is:

  1. We need to identify our greatest strength.
  2. Develop this strength to be the best it can be.
  3. Find someone else who needs what we produce and has      something of importance that we are weak at producing.
  4. Trade services and create wealth for both parties.

A Win-Win Situation by leveraging the economic principle of Competitive Advantage for personal and professional development.

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Servant-Based Leadership: A Father’s Day Special

On Father’s Day, as a father of five, I am proud to experience all the wonderful moments associated with my role.
My kids take pride in doing the right things for themselves and watching how proud I am of their achievements. As a father, I am a servant leader. I meet my kid’s needs in every way and they repay my efforts with being the best they could be in most situations. They live to make me proud because they know how much I do to make sure they are safe and happy. They appreciate my efforts and are grateful for the life my wife and I provide for them.

Whenever they need me – I am there.

I focus on delivering a focused education in all phases of their life and they are my top priority. Their success is my success and I will stop at nothing to see them all achieve their desired happiness. Our communication is open and honest. I do my best to let them know as much as possible concerning what is happening day-to-day. They know how I feel about them and they know what is expected of them: behave and do well in school.

My kids wake up to read, hold mock classes at home, and are rewarded by being acknowledged as the best behaved kids in their school. People are shocked when they learn that my wife and I have five kids because we are stress-free and look really young for our ages. Our kids are so well-behaved that we could go anywhere and not worry. The key is clear communications, boundaries, expectations, interaction, and servitude, not spoiling, and showing love.

Servant leadership gains followership that strives for achievement because they know their leader is all-in for them. The support system empowers them to achieve at their highest level. The give and take philosophy is a two-way road and through reciprocity, everyone receives rewards and all needs are universally met.

On father’s day, I celebrate my family because they make me the dad I am today.
I wish all the great DADs who lead their families and make this world a special place, Happy Father’s Day.

There is Always a Solution

When all hope is lost there is still a solution.

There is never an end, but there is always a new beginning.

Are you willing to acknowledge alternatives and encounter the pain involved to travel the less traveled path?

Change is inevitable and accepting change is more difficult than change itself.

Identifying the solution is harder than proceeding.

The more opposition to change, the more pain involved in the process.

Accepting change provides satisfaction.

Let me leave you with a few chosen thoughts:

  1. If there is a will, there is a way.
  2. Nothing is impossible.
  3. It seems harder than it really is.
  4. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
  5. Figuring out what to do is the hard part, doing it is the easy part.

The world is full of endless possibilities – riches to those that search and find the possibilities that are right for them.

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Team effectiveness and Leadership Innovation is Enhanced by the Devil’s Advocate

Every team, in order to be effective, needs to have a devil’s advocate. A devil’s advocate is a member of the team that provides conflicting information and challenges the common consensus to ensure that all alternatives are considered and safety procedures are put in place to avoid the identified problems. Decision making is enhanced through this process and a more confident strategy is enabled with the critically important work of a devil’s advocate.

Benefits of having a devil’s Advocate on the team

• Reduces group think
• Compiles all information for consideration
• Presents uncomfortable information that directly impacts the strength of the decision
• Presents alternate points of view that creates innovative thinking
• Creates more creative and complex team thinking and problem solving
• Prevents flawed decision-making
• Allows for group decisions to be based on all information instead of narrow information
• Allows team members to consider alternatives
• Empowers others to stand for an opposing belief
• Empowers members to disagree with the majority
• Creates innovative solutions and improves employee morale

Keys to implementing an effective Devil’s Advocate role on the team

• Opposition to ideas needs to always be professional and never personal.
• Do not let team members know there is a Devil’s advocate in play because awareness of this role reduces impact on team thinking
• Additionally, awareness of the role reduces respect for the presented alternative opinions
 Bad Habits
Unfortunately, this practice is eliminated in many group scenarios due to increased ego and an inability to handle criticism for ideas. Some of the greatest failures in our history were due to times when people were afraid to speak out against the majority. When leaders become corrupt with power they do not enjoy any opposition that could challenge their position.
Good for the leader’s ego at the moment – terrible for the organization, and all connecting associations moving forward into the future.
Get your devil’s advocate today!!

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