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Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says "Go!" - a leader says "Let's go!"
~E.M. Kelly
A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says "I was beaten," he does not say "My men were beaten."
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.
~Author Unknown
Leadership is action, not position.
~Donald H. McGannon
You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
~Gene Mauch
The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.
~Elaine Agather
You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
~Albert Schweitzer
Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.
~Robert Jarvik
You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
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
If two or three persons should come with a high spiritual aim and with great powers, the world would fall into their hands like a ripe peach.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
A leader is a dealer in hope.
~Napoleon Bonaparte, attributed
Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.
~Tom Peters
One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.
~Dennis A. Peer
A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.
~John C. Maxwell
A leader is best
When people barely know that he exists.

~Witter Bynner, The Way of Life According to Laotzu
The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
~Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart
If you wish a general to be beaten, send him a ream full of instructions; if you wish him to succeed, give him a destination, and bid him conquer.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.
~Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-PĂ©rigord
A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him.
~Mark Brouwer
I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscle; but today it means getting along with people.
~Indira Gandhi
Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.
~Rudy Giuliani
A leader leads by example not by Force.
~Sun Tzu
A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
~Golda Meir
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
~Theodore Roosevelt
He led his regiment from behind -
He found it less exciting.
But when away his regiment ran,
His place was at the fore, O.

~W.S. Gilbert
Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.
~Vince Lombardi
We have great managers who haven't spent a day in management school. Do we have great surgeons that haven't spent a day in surgical school?
~Henry Mintzberg
Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.
~Author Unknown
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
~Tony Blair
Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy.
~Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
~Anne Bradstreet
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
~Ralph Nader
Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.
~Charles Simic
Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
~Lee Iacocca
There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.
~Alexandre Ledru-Rollin
I am not a labor leader. I don't want you to follow me or anyone else. If you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of the capitalist wilderness you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into this promised land if I could, because if I could lead you in, someone else could lead you out.
~Eugene V. Debs
To lead the people, walk behind them.
Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
~Eric Hoffer