The Heart of A Leader!

Education Through Leadership hands-on-heartWhen you think of leadership what comes to mind? You can ask a hundred people and get a thousand different answers.  Some of the quotes gathered here will allow you to look at the heart of a leader and provide an overview of how only true leaders lead from a place of love and admiration.

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker

“If you don’t understand that you work for your mislabeled ‘subordinates,’ then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.” – Dee Hock

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say ‘we did it ourselves.'” – Lao Tzu

“The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein

“The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.” – Warren Bennis

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.” – Max DePree

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

“The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” – Eric Hoffer

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

“Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.” – Ross Perot

“Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.” – Oscar Wilde

“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

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.”– Harold S. Geneen

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John Maxwell

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.”-Theodore Hesburgh

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Kenneth Blanchard

“Leaders conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts.” – John Gardner

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership.” – Jim Loehr

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George Patton

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf

I’m sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control.” – Margaret Wheatley

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey S. Firestone

“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold Glasow

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” – Stephen Covey

“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.” – Peter Drucker

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” – Harry Truman

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert.” – Theodore Roosevelt

2 Comments to “The Heart of A Leader!”

  1. Terrific post. Thanks.

  2. Excellent post!

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