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Top 25 Leadership Quotations

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  • "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent."

  • "No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him."
    --W. H. Auden

  • "Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning."
    --Warren Bennis

  • "No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it."
    -- Andrew Carnegie

  • "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

  • "Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others."
    --David Cooper

  • "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality."
    -- Max DePree

  • "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
    --Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • "A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group."
    --Russell H. Ewing

  • "Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. "
    -- Harold Geneen

  • "One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
    --Arnold Glasow

  • "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 very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."
    --Theodore Hesburgh

  • "The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on... The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully."
    --Walter Lippmann

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

  • "Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them."
    --John Maxwell

  • "The real leader has no need to lead-- he is content to point the way."
    -- Henry Miller

  • "The leader must know, most know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those about him that he knows."
    --Clarence B. Randall

  • "The person who know "how" will always have job. The person who knows "why" will always be his boss."
    --Diane Ravitch

  • "A true leader is hated by most, and respected by all. A follower is liked by all, and respected by none."
    --Scott Smigler

  • "Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word."
    --Brian Tracey

  • "You know what makes leadership? It is the ability to get men to do what they don't want to do and like it."
    --Harry S. Truman

  • "Leadership is not the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women. It is a process ordinary people use when they are bringing forth the best from themselves and others."

  • "Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself."
    --Thomas J. Watson

  • "Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish."
    --Sam Walton

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    Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon shares his best leadership advice  Business Insider

    Goldman Sachs CEO says leadership is about learning to admit when you're wrong and to change your point of view.

    14 Ways To Develop A Stronger Leadership Presence  Forbes

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    Kyrie Irving says he apologized to LeBron James in discussion about leadership  USA TODAY

    For all his accolades and success in the NBA, it's perhaps easy to forget that Kyrie Irving is still just 26 years old. He appears to be maturing and learning from ...

    The philosophy of Freddie: Browns' new coach talks leadership  ESPN

    Freddie Kitchens will invest in people, get to know everyone, ask a lot of questions and build relationships through mutual respect and trust.

    'The Cubs got the perfect guy': Daniel Descalso brings leadership skills and versatility to Wrigley Field  Chicago Tribune

    Because of his leadership skills and versatility, Daniel Descalso is viewed by Cubs manager Joe Maddon as an "under-the-radar" acquisition.

    13 Daily Habits That Can Make You A Better Leader  Forbes

    To grow and develop as a leader, try adopting these daily leadership habits recommended by members of Forbes Coaches Council.

    Markowitz: Women's Leadership  Vermont Public Radio

    Here's a little something to think about over the weekend, as women once again march for equal rights and the nation remembers Martin Luther King.

    Women to dominate new Ohio House Democratic leadership team  The Columbus Dispatch

    Three women are expected to be part of the four-person House Democratic leadership when the caucus convenes next week, including a Columbus lawmaker.

    Kyrie Irving Called LeBron James to Apologize and Seek Leadership Advice  Complex

    LeBron James and Kyrie Irving didn't always see eye-to-eye during their time on the Cavaliers. LeBron was a dominant figure and Irving was young and reckless ...

    Leaders Need Nudges, Not More Management Training  Forbes

    Leadership is about behaviors, and even highly motivated managers fall back on old-habits in the face of too much stress and too much to do. With today's digital ...

    Lack of leadership and clinical skills are a 'barrier' to pharmacy investment, warns NHS England  The Pharmaceutical Journal

    Deputy chief pharmaceutical officer worries that pharmacists are unwilling to engage with clinical and leadership training programmes as they “don't see it as a ...

    How To Be An Executive Leader Vs. A Functional Or Tactical Leader  Forbes

    At some point, all executives have to decide whether their career should focus on executive leadership or functional expertise. If you find yourself at the ...

    These 4 CEOs Created a New Standard of Leadership  Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

    At the height of the 2008 financial crisis, these four corporate leaders stepped forward—and changed how we think of leadership forever, says Bill George.

    Deepak Chopra: Here's what the world's smartest leaders know about what it takes to be successful  CNBC

    We all aspire to be leaders. Whether it's being the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the quarterback of a major football team, leadership skills have long been ...

    Your Leadership Skills Are What Matter Most To Hiring Managers  Task & Purpose

    Every great manager or director has to start somewhere: Joe McFarland, executive vice president at Lowe's, began as a sales associate in the light bulb aisle of ...

    Shaquille O'Neal in Sarasota to discuss how leadership, humor influence his continued career  FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

    When Shaquille O'Neal enters a room, he's impossible to miss.

    Eight House Dems Break With Leadership On Wall Funding  The Daily Caller

    Eight House Democrats broke ranks with their leadership Wednesday when they voted against an amendment would deny funding for the border wall.

    Individual Leadership Development Versus A Company's Leadership Development  Forbes

    The best way to help an individual become a better leader is dramatically different from what organizations need to do to create a better pipeline of qualified ...

    CCSD Superintendent Jara shakes up leadership, announces more available positions  News3LV

    Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara announced Wednesday, Jan. 16, that he has made selections for two of the available three ...

    UTA Taps CAA's Darnell Strom for Culture and Leadership Post  Hollywood Reporter

    UTA has hired Darnell Strom from CAA to lead a newly created culture and leadership division.

    Column: Leadership void has Mountaineers in freefall  West Virginia MetroNews

    Justin Jackson's commentary from Fort Worth, where WVU's lack of resolve showed in a 98-67 loss to TCU.

    Engler is out; MSU Trustees turn over new leadership leaf  WWMT-TV

    Michigan State University has a new interim leader after John Engler resigned amid backlash over his recent comments and a shaky past of handling sexual ...

    Leadership changes brew in the city of Ventura  Ventura County Star

    Ventura has appointed a longtime employee as interim Community Development director. Also Wednesday, the head of Ventura Water confirmed he's leaving.

    The 10 Best Leadership To-Dos For 2019 Used By Highly Successful People  Forbes

    Awareness is the ability to recognize and understand personal moods, emotions and drives and their effects on others. Individuals with high awareness are able ...

    Nimba Gravitates to General Change in County Leadership  Front Page Africa

    MONROVIA – Liberia is gradually gravitating to a youthful generation of leadership and Nimba County is responding to the generational change. The fever ...

    British PM May's leadership failings hang over Brexit imbroglio  The Australian Financial Review

    Parliament has copped a lot of blame for the Brexit mess, but Theresa May's weaknesses as a leader are just as big an obstacle to a deal.

    Election success for women could extend to state party leadership jobs  Detroit Free Press

    After a historic 2018 election. women are on the cusp of also becoming leaders in the Democratic and Republican parties in Michigan.

    Nonprofit Board Service Builds More Effective Business Leaders  Forbes

    Employees of businesses who serve on nonprofit boards develop in ways that change their behaviors, effectiveness and productivity on their jobs as soon as ...

    Exclusive: MoveOn's leaders step down ahead of 2020  NBC News

    Anna Galland and Ilya Sheyman, who run the progressive group MoveOn.org, are stepping down ahead of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

    Trump Claims FBI Employees Are 'Disgusted' With Leadership and 'Lyin' James Comey'  Newsweek

    "The rank and file of the FBI are great people who are disgusted with what they are learning about Lyin' James Comey," the president tweeted.

    5 Books To Read If You Want To Be A Great Leader At Work  Refinery29

    We took a look at some of the most promising books on leadership that can help you become the best leader you can be.

    Petition blames Greenville Co. EMS leadership for poor response times and 'toxic' conditions  Greenville News

    A petition is circulating online that is urging intervention to address slow response times and poor working conditions at Greenville County EMS. Started by ...

    10 New Leadership Books to Get Excited About in 2019  Inc.

    A *fresh* year demands *fresh* ideas, and a new crop of books to be released in the coming months promises to deliver them. Which should you add to your to-read ...

    5 ways to build a leadership pathway  SmartBrief

    Even if you are not yet a leader, there are ways to build your own pathway to leadership by becoming the best possible employee. Here are five stepping stones ...

    The Transatlantic Leadership Void | by Ana Palacio  Project Syndicate

    Since the end of World War II, the United States, as the dominant European (and world) power, has piloted transatlantic security. But under President Donald ...

    Top business authors share their greatest leadership advice  CNBC

    "Everything you will ever do as a leader is based on one audacious assumption. It's the assumption that you matter," say the authors of "The Leadership ...

    J.C. Penney announces leadership changes, search for key positions  Dallas Business Journal

    J.C. Penney Company, Inc. announced Monday leadership changes to its executive team. The "series of leadership actions," as a release termed it, are meant to ...

    10 leadership books to watch for in 2019  The Washington Post

    Some are traditional management-shelf business books, while others are memoirs, biographies of Washington leaders or thoughtful analyses of the skills ...

    A Healthcare Leader’s View on the Top 5 Leadership Skills  Psychology Today

    As part of this blog series focused on new perspectives on women's leadership, I share not just research but also real women's stories on their experiences.

    Ga. Senate women blast male-dominated leadership over committee picks  Atlanta Journal Constitution

    State Senate Democrats banded with a prominent Gwinnett County Republican senator Wednesday to blast the chamber's male-dominated GOP leadership for ...

    Six Key Trends Successful Leaders Must Address In 2019  Forbes

    Six key leadership blind spots that must be addressed before diving into the remainder of 2019. Your team and your customers will thank you.

    Centene shuffles leadership after $3 billion New York acquisition  St. Louis Business Journal

    Centene Corp. has named a new CEO for its New York health insurance subsidiary.

    South Korean leaders continue to meddle in university leadership choices, critics say  Inside Higher Ed

    Ongoing political interference in the appointments of university leaders in South Korea risks destroying trust between scientists and the government and ...

    P.E.I. PC leadership candidates offer ways to grow West Prince’s population  The Guardian

    WOODSTOCK, P.E.I. - They responded to questions relating to health care and education and then the five candidates vying for the leadership of the ...

    Mark Tyndall leaving BCCDC as part of apparent restructuring to leadership team  The Globe and Mail

    British Columbia's Provincial Health Services Authority is providing few details about the replacement of one of the province's most outspoken leaders on ...

    How Paul Pogba started fulfilling his potential under new leadership  Livemint

    After scoring twice in his first two Premier League games, starting August, Pogba's form dipped sharply and he was struggling to find a place in manager Jose ...

    10 Team-Building Tips For New Leaders  Forbes

    For new leaders who inherit a team, or are trying to maximize results for a current one, intelligent communication is the key to your success. Here are ten ...

    Joburg DA supporters call for change in national leadership  EWN

    Marching under the banner 'The ANC Is Killing Us', supporters were led by the party's leadership through parts of the Johannesburg CBD as part of their 2019 ...

    Letters attempt to offer insight into leadership, signs of growing division at ECU  WNCT

    News of two different letters telling two different stories on the inner workings of ECU leadership spread quickly for Pirate Nation.

    Troy Evans on leadership: Don't be selfish, help people achieve  syracuse.com

    Change is the normal operating system of the universe. There's no alternative, so don't be surprised.

    Your Illinois News Radar » Madigan announces partial leadership list  The Capitol Fax Blog

    “This selection of additional House Democratic leadership team members continues our caucus' efforts to build a legislature that truly reflects the diversity of our ...

    Mike Pence in 2014: Using presidential powers 'is not leadership'  USA TODAY

    Vice President Mike Pence, speaking on a Republican Governors Association panel in 2014, attacked the idea of using presidential powers to go around ...

    Julián Castro hits Trump in campaign launch: 'A crisis of leadership' | TheHill  The Hill

    Former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro took aim at President Trump while announcing his Democratic presidential bid on ...

    Regina King's Remarkable Golden Globes Speech Had 3 Essential Lessons Every Leader Should Embrace  Inc.

    You're in the transformation business. That's why transformational leadership is essential to your success.

    Code of conduct outcome demonstrates bad leadership, Nelson City councillors say  Stuff.co.nz

    Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese has been accused of poor leadership after her complaint failed to include all pertinent allegations.

    Tyson's Keystone acquisition prompts leadership shuffle | 2019-01-15  Food Business News

    SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Tyson Foods, Inc. is shaking up its leadership team as part of the integration of recently acquired Keystone Foods. Chad Martin has been ...

    A Guide To Who's Who In House Leadership For The 116th Congress  NPR

    The Democratic leadership is diverse, representing the record number of women and minorities first elected. Republicans, however, have a leadership slate ...

    Leadership, Not Profanity  The New York Times

    I had begun to hope that this new class of women and immigrants in Congress represented change for the better,” says a reader saddened by one ...

    Giving voice to learning leaders | Comment  Health Service Journal

    Dr Rob Sheffield talks about how leaders in the health sector can foster creativity and innovation in their teams. I decided to write a book to show how leaders ...

    How Leaders Can Maximise Their Impact  INSEAD Knowledge

    Effective leaders need to know whether their 'people hat' or 'P&L hat' fits most comfortably.

    Some Freshman Democrats Want Party Leadership To Stop Stonewalling Trump On Border Security, Immigration  The Daily Caller

    While Democratic leadership holds the line, refusing to come to the table to negotiate, their resolve might not be trickling down into the freshman class.

    Turbomachinery International Reports: MHI Targets Leadership Of Global Gas Turbine Market  Forbes

    Kenji Ando is Senior Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), President and CEO of MHI Power Systems and President and CEO of ...

    Helen Thomas announces leadership structure changes  Radio Today

    BBC Director of England Helen Thomas says BBC Local Radio will “own local conversations and reflect life in modern England” as part of changes announced ...

    Boris Johnson expresses regret over failed 2016 leadership bid  Sky News

    Video: Boris Johnson says that given his time again he "might have done things differently" over decision to not run for the Tory leadership in 2016.

    India needs a decisive Prime Minister, not maverick leadership: Arun Jaitley  Times of India

    India News: Citing achievements of the Modi government, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said India needs a decisive PM with a clear mandate to ...

    Urban Meyer to teach leadership class at Ohio State Buckeyes business school  ESPN

    Urban Meyer will co-teach a class in leadership and character at Ohio State's business school after retiring as football coach. Meyer is also expected to play a ...

    Greece no confidence vote: PM in desperate bid to save leadership as vote on KNIFE-EDGE  Express.co.uk

    GREECE has put the EU on the brink of another crisis as the financially crippled member state's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made an impassioned appeal for ...

    Romney lands spot on Senate GOP leadership team  Washington Examiner

    Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday named newcomer and Trump critic Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to the GOP whip team, weeks after the former GOP ...

    Turkey’s Bid for Religious Leadership  Foreign Affairs

    Under the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose Justice and Development Party (AKP) has Islamist roots, religion has become a critical ...

    St. Luke’s replaces its president, other top leaders after series of care lapses  Houston Chronicle

    Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center has ousted its president, its chief nursing officer and a top physician following numerous reports of substandard care, including ...

    CSU football coach Mike Bobo tackling accountability and leadership issues in his program  The Coloradoan

    There was a lack of leadership in CSU's football program last season, coach Mike Bobo acknowledged Friday, and his own absence in fall camp because of a ...

    Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers on Culture, Leadership, and Authenticity  Forbes

    Bob Myers, general manager of the Golden State Warriors, joined us at Workday Rising to talk about his experiences building a winning team, how he defines ...

    State senator steps down from leadership amid investigation  KOMO News

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A lawmaker who is the subject of an investigation into allegations of improper conduct has stepped down from his leadership positions ...

    Kiwis coach boosts Broncos halfback's leadership skills  Stuff.co.nz

    Kodi Nikorima says Kiwis coach Michael Maguire has made him a better leader and he hopes to also impress his new Brisbane Broncos boss. Nikorima ...

    Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers lacks leadership  Lombardi Ave

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the best QBs in the NFL, but doesn't lead like one. Examples of leadership are easy to find, th...

    Why We're Drawn to Leaders Who Emphasize the Negative  Harvard Business Review

    There's a tendency to assume that we want our leaders to be encouraging, magnanimous, and optimistic. But in the last decade, across borders and sectors, ...

    New Research Reveals 6 Ways Leaders May Be Out of Touch With Their Employees  Inc.

    These cringeworthy numbers can't be ignored by leaders who want the best for and from their organization.

    Embattled former Mason City superintendent, who has taught leadership and accountability courses, still at Iowa State  Globe Gazette

    Former Mason City Superintendent Anita Micich remains in her position at Iowa State University in “good standing” after the findings of a recent state audit ...

    Maine Republican Party leadership facing challenge in wake of defeats  Press Herald

    AUGUSTA — The leadership of the Maine Republican Party is facing a challenge in the wake of the crushing defeat it suffered in November. At least two ...

    BJP brass nurtures new state leadership after election losses  Economic Times

    After election defeats in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the BJP brass is experimenting with different caste equations and nurturing a new ...

    Ohio State basketball may have a self-identified leadership problem  Land-Grant Holy Land

    “I've not been practicing hard enough and I can't really speak for anyone else, but that's kind of led to our performance in the game, and mine especially.”.

    A Simple Way to Get Your Leadership Team Aligned on Strategy  Harvard Business Review

    Imagine you call a leadership team meeting to gauge how important the team feels digital transformation is to the company. Would anyone dare say it is not a ...

    Casey: Shutdown, wall fight is ‘crisis of leadership’  Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

    WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said the Trump shutdown continues to drag on because of the president's unwillingness to accept a reasonable…

    Georgia Senate announces new leader for education policy  Atlanta Journal Constitution

    The new leader for education policy in the Georgia Senate is a Gwinnett County lawmaker with little background in K-12 policy but a keen interest in a condition ...

    How Being Vulnerable Can Make You a Stronger Business Leader  Entrepreneur

    You don't have to wear a suit of armor every day to inspire your workforce. Instead, show your weaknesses and you'll have more people's trust and loyalty.

    'Midnight on Main' co-founder is Midland 'Leader of the Year'  Midland Daily News

    This year's recipient of Leadership Midland Alumni Association's "Leader of the Year" award has dedicated more than a decade of hard work to the community of ...

    The AI Revolution Is Here -- Are Business Leaders Ready?  Forbes

    The world is changing rapidly, and leaders must strive to introduce AI in ways that are effective and sustainable. It is imperative for forward-thinking leaders to ...

    Ohio House minority leader steps down after break with Dems on controversial Speaker vote  NBC4i.com

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A change in leadership on the Republican side of the aisle in the Ohio House of Representatives has resulted in a change on the ...

    Yves-Francois Blanchet named new leader of Bloc Quebecois  CTV News

    The Bloc Quebecois has once again dipped into the ranks of the Parti Quebecois to choose a new leader.

    World leaders must identify an 'inclusive' approach to globalization at Davos, WEF founder says  CNBC

    As thousands of rich and powerful leaders head to Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) next week, the organization's founder has urged international ...

    Nez, below portraits of past Shonto leaders, takes oath of office  Navajo Times

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    Area law enforcement join with local faith leaders in new partnership  OregonLive

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    Tarrant Republicans stand ‘against bigotry of all kinds’ as Muslim keeps party post  Star-Telegram

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    Vermeer Security Leader Recognized by Governor During Condition of the State  KNIA / KRLS Radio

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    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) panned House Republican leaders on Tuesday for their criticism over remarks he made in an interview with The New York Times last ...

    VINDY EXCLUSIVE | Betras calls for new state Democratic Party leadership  Youngstown Vindicator

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    Romney savages Trump's leadership in Washington Post op-ed  POLITICO

    President Donald Trump “has not risen to the mantle” of his office, and his “words and actions have caused dismay around the world,” Mitt Romney wrote ...

    Rangers leadership called out after disappointing Sunday in Windsor  KitchenerToday.com

    The Kitchener Rangers need a leader. That, from head coach Jay McKee, after the Windsor Spitfires slapped his team 7-1 Sunday. Kitchener was capping off ...

    B.C. First Nations leaders lend their support to Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs at Smithers rally  CBC News

    First Nations leaders from communities across B.C. gathered in Smithers Wednesday in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary leadership following last week's ...

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