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Famous Leadership Quotations

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"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
by John F. Kennedy
"In the great mass of our people there are plenty individuals of intelligence from among whom leadership can be recruited."
by Herbert Hoover
"[Carlisle credits Wood for his leadership in helping pull the Royals through some regular season adversity.] He's our leader, and one of the best players in the province if you ask me, ... He's a man, not a boy. He's a true team player and I really respect him."
by Chris Carlisle
"To be Omnipotent but friendless is to reign."
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
"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."
by Anonymous
"A leader is a dealer in hope."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune."
by Anon.
"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant."
by Max De Pree
"The first priority is the Palestinian elections which will hopefully bring about a Palestinian leadership with whom we can sit down and address all the issues on our agenda,"
by Silvan Shalom
"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on."
by Walter Lippmann
"The electronic gift card program is an outstanding convenience for our customers as we offer the benefits of technology enjoyed by shoppers in other industries. Deciding to partner with Stored Value Systems was an easy decision because of its leadership role in the stored value industry."
by Scott Walker
"The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor."
by Orison Swett Marden
"The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others."
by Henry Ward Beecher
"The huge turnout for Live 8 here and around the world proves that thanks to the leadership from people like Tony Blair and Gordon Brown the world is beginning to demand more action on global health and poverty."
by Anonymous
"The highest of distinctions is service to others."
by King George VI
"The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble."
by Blaise Pascal
"The leader who exercises power with honor will work from the inside out, starting with himself."
by Blaine Lee
"The shipment of our 400 000th development tool is proof of Microchip's leadership in this market. It reflects our commitment to going beyond simply offering silicon to providing engineers with a 'whole product solution' comprised of sophisticated development tools, field application engineer support and comprehensive technical documentation."
by Derek Carlson
"The Republican leadership in the House is more ideologically homogenous than parties have been in a century. You don't find great variation in policy positions."
by Bruce Oppenheimer
"The problem is not money. The problem is priorities and leadership."
by Brett Bader
"The prime minister came into office with many opportunities to show environmental leadership, but despite all of his passionate speeches ... when the chips are down he has often jumped the wrong way."
by Andrew Lee
"The president appreciates his strong leadership."
by Scott McClellan
"The presence of our political leadership, of our security forces in Kabul shouldn't be interpreted as a move to block the political settlement, ... it would, rather, help that political settlement."
by Anonymous
"There are a lot of bad things happening right now in the Bush White House. Obviously, leadership at the highest level is very important to investors feeling comfortable about making investment decisions. This is probably the darkest or the lowest point in the Bush presidency."
by Angel Mata
"There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many."
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There was definitely a flaw in leadership."
by Alan Nelson
"They have been through this and know what it takes to win at this level. Their leadership is vital now."
by Paul Hatcher
"There's really only one that they've done a leadership thing in, which is in search, and search today is very poor compared to what it will be even a year or two years from now -- their search, our search, everybody's search. So there's so much room to do better, to have that work well with the other offerings."
by Anonymous
"They've really provided a lot of leadership for our program and dedicated themselves to becoming the best they can be."
by Keith Freeman
"Those who seek power are not worthy of that power."
by Plato
"Under Bill Ford Jr.'s leadership, there hasn't been one vehicle that's been a real cash cow. Now I think he's made his move, and he is going to be known from now on as Mr. Hybrid. If he is successful, he'll be a historic figure."
by Douglas Brinkley
"We are very appreciative of Jeff's efforts and dedication to Luther College and the men's basketball program over the past 15 years. Under Jeff's leadership, the men's basketball program has been competitive, continually displayed a high level of integrity, and enriched the lives of our student-athletes both on and off the basketball court."
by Joe Thompson
"We definitely lost some leadership. That was a great group of guys and they'll be hard to replace. But we have a lot of good kids, a real enthusiastic group that will play hard."
by Nick Whaley
"We could have lost this game. They've got some great leadership on this team. To come in here like that and play like this, the defense was just awesome."
by Matt Hasselbeck
"We have tremendous leadership in our core coming back, but these eight players need to come in and take on as much as they possibly can in their first year. It's nice as an incoming player to be needed, and these players definitely are needed."
by Jen Warden
"We have everything we need, except leadership."
by Anonymous
"We feel like he had the leadership skills. He's been very loyal to the program and involved in the youth football program."
by Bill Bullock
"We strengthened our leadership position in key segments such as minivans and large cars with our sales in January. Our car business is up 20 percent, and our LX products are up 62 percent. The Dodge Caliber begins production today and gives us a strong entry into the small car segment with an attractive price starting at $13,985. We are now a full-time car player."
by Gary Dilts
"We went to camp together. We learned so much from each other. It's just so amazing how much leadership he had."
by Jeffrey Jones
"What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin."
by Henry Ward Beecher
"We've had eight new players on this team this year. I've been real happy with our leadership, especially from Brad Peterson (nine points on Saturday). He's sacrificed a lot of his personal statistics to make us a better team. A lot of our guys have done that."
by Paul Gray
"We've got one of the better groups (of distance runners) we've had. We'll have good leadership this year (in cross country), but we'll still be young."
by Tom Rutledge
"We're pleased to welcome three individuals with outstanding leadership ability to our board of directors and we look forward to the contributions they will make for South Dakota corn producers."
by Lisa Richardson
"Willie may be the most critical Brown we've added in the last five days. He has leadership presence and professionalism. He brings a tremendous amount of credibility to our team."
by Phil Savage
"With the loss of Mario, there's a lot of leadership lost there so I think they want to step up and show that even more. They're experienced guys and they're trying to lead the way."
by Anonymous
"You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too."
by Sam Rayburn
"You're seeing some spillover weakness in Sun and the telecoms continue to waffle, ... There's still uncertainty about tech leadership."
by Michelle Clayman
"You have a situation, unfortunately, where you have to choose between the best possible alternatives. The Palestinian leadership has no one to blame but itself."
by Mark Regev
"Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right."
by Lyndon B. Johnson
"Everest Software continues to effectively implement its business plan in bringing to market a comprehensive and affordable business management solution that has the capability to change the way growing companies operate their businesses. Everest has the right mix of technology, market focus and experienced leadership to capitalize on this evolving market."
by Andy Jones
"Her senior leadership has really made a difference. She has the mentality that she's going to get her points. She's going to do what she has to."
by Jeff Gaucher
"I think about the tremendous responsibility that I have in providing leadership to the team in the department of corrections, ... I just hope that I can be worthy of all the kindness and all the support."
by George Little
"If we hope to maintain our economic and intellectual leadership in the U.S., we must renew this commitment. Unless there is reform, American competitiveness will suffer as other countries benefit from the international talent that U.S. employers cannot hire or retain."
by Anonymous
"If we don't take this opportunity and step up and replace the incredibly inept leadership at ICANN, it will go a long way in providing the United Nations with the ammunition it needs to begin taking control of the Internet. The United Nations must never gain control of the Internet."
by Bob Parsons
"It is clear the world needs more oil, ... Saudi Arabia has shown a lot of leadership in the need for more production, and hopefully the rest of OPEC will follow suit."
by Bill Richardson
"It was very important for us to send a message to the new Palestinian leadership that if [they intended] to abrogate signed international agreements in an effort to advance their extremist agenda, they should not be surprised if Israel acts to defend its citizens and its interests."
by Mark Regev
"Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control."
by Anonymous
"Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy."
by Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
"Joe was known as an intelligent player with great leadership skills. And he will bring those traits to his new position."
by Jeffrey Loria
"Maryland Democrats realize that the only institutions that anti-marriage amendments seek to protect are the political careers of the politicians who push them. Democrats in Maryland have extended an example of leadership that should be emulated by our party leaders in neighboring states."
by Eric Stern
"Love and respect do not automatically accompany a position of leadership. They must be earned."
by Source Unknown
"No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself."
by Woodrow Wilson
"Mike really came to play. He had 26 points in three quarters. He's really starting to step up his leadership, starting to play like a very determined senior."
by Gary Giancola
"President Yeltsin and the Russian leadership are convinced that NATO's plans to expand to the east, if realized, could be the West's biggest strategic mistake since the end of the Cold War,"
by Sergei Yastrzhembsky
"Rob is a technical, aggressive central defender with the ability to attack out of the back. He is strong in the air and a great vocal leader in the back. Rob has a tremendous competitive nature along with leadership qualities, which is what we want in this incoming class."
by Dan Donigan
"Rick's intelligence, ethics and leadership capabilities combined with his experience both inside Gateway and outside of Gateway make him the only logical choice as my successor,"
by Ted Waitt
"realized the difficulties of Chairman Arafat for the time being, but he also urged Arafat to show leadership now, to deliver what he's promising."
by Kjell Bondevik
"State Street Global Advisors is honored to be recognized among the elite financial institutions in the world. Our leadership in providing institutional investors worldwide with a wide variety of sophisticated strategies designed to meet their goals distinguishes us as a trusted partner for asset management."
by Shawn Johnson
"Terrorists around the world will realize that America's differences end at the water's edge, and that the United States' political leadership always has, and always will stand united in the face of international terrorism,"
by Jesse Helms
"That whole team is on a mission. They have the senior leadership and they can win this."
by Joe Mihalich
"That was enough adversity for a team without a lot of character and leadership to fold up, ... and they never did."
by Mark Richt
"One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
by Arnold Glasgow
"It would have been nice to have some discussion with the leadership,"
by John McDonough
"It's not too surprising that tech stocks took a beating on Friday since they have not been a leadership group of late. While tech has been languishing, basic materials, energy and industrial stocks have been reaching new highs. These may be tiring, but it seems too early to abandon them yet."
by Ken Tower
"Our leadership and our veterans kept us in the game, but once our two young players settled down, they played with so much confidence."
by Brenda Frese
"No amount of study or learning will make a man a leader unless he has the natural qualities of one."
by Archibald Wavell
"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."
by Vince Lombardi
"Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present and keep the promise to posterity."
by Harold J. Seymore
"Last week the president of the United States gave his State of the Union address, where he spoke of America's leadership in the world, and called on all of us to 'lead this world toward freedom.' Again and again, he invoked the principle of freedom, and how it can transform nations, and empower people around the world. But, almost in the same breath, the president openly acknowledged that he has ordered the government to spy on Americans, on American soil, without the warrants required by law. The president issued a call to spread freedom throughout the world, and then he admitted that he has deprived Americans of one of their most basic freedoms under the Fourth Amendment to be free from unjustified government intrusion."
by Russ Feingold
"I'm looking for seniors to step up and lead this team. We're young and leadership is important."
by Mark Mazzon
"Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes."
by Lewis Grizzard
"If the DUP is unwilling to break out of its negative cycle and begin to show the positive leadership which the political process and also their own community require and deserve, then the two governments need to push ahead with the full implementation of the [Good Friday] Agreement,"
by Martin McGuinness
"He's got to re-establish his leadership capability, and one of the ways he is doing that is by trying to show that he's hands-on in the recovery. He needs to send the signal that he is a hands-on manager to restore flagging confidence."
by Bruce Buchanan
"His hard work, dedication and leadership gave him and our team many great nights this season."
by Dave Leitao
"I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"His natural leadership skills as a point guard stands out more than anything."
by Jeff Smith
"His leadership is outstanding. He's got a feel for things. He had 10 steals against Carlson, and that's the third time he's had 10 steals in a game."
by Brian Bates
"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."
by Warren Bennis
"A lot of lower-seeded teams have senior leadership, and they can be really tough in the pressure situations you get in the NCAA Tournament. At the end of the day, experience can carry you over the sheer athletic ability of younger players."
by Tom Yeager
"Accountability at every level is critical, and leadership begins at the top."
by Mary Landrieu
"Baxter's leadership position is a direct result of our domain expertise and 100% commitment to service and client satisfaction. When employing an AIO type solution, it is critical to have knowledgeable support available to help maximize return on investment. Our employees have a very strong service and service parts background and we pass this expertise on to our client base 24/7/365. We are honored that ARC has recognized our expertise by naming Baxter the market leader."
by Greg Baxter
"I have been disappointed in (engineer) Dave Carlson's performance and leadership"
by Mary Murphy
"[His renewed dedication the past six months has not gone unnoticed, nor have his efforts to foster deeper relationships with his teammates.] I see him being more open to guys, ... He was a little quiet his first year. Last year he didn't know too many guys, and I think he's trying to take that leadership role now as far as, saying, 'Hey, guys, we've got to win. Let's do this. Hey, line, block this, block that.' And we need that. Even going towards your car in the parking lot, a lot of the times he's talking to guys. It's just a different vibe with him this year."
by Randy Thomas
"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another."
by George Eliot
"Every man in a leadership position must know when it's time to hand over the reins,"
by Eddie Compass
"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."
by Walter Lippmann
"The great leaders are like the best conductors - they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players."
by Blaine Lee
"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."
by Dwight D Eisenhower
"Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."
by Harry S Truman
"Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one's self to the absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea."
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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