People look for their leadership to lead.
Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.
Leadership is, among other things, the ability to inflict pain and get away with it – short-term pain for long-term gain.
Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition with the vision of the goodness and possibilities of every human life.
Education is the mother of leadership.
When the Islamic revolution began in 1979 under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, it aroused considerable admiration in the Arab street. It presented a model of organised popular action that deposed one of the region’s most tyrannical regimes. The people of the region discerned in this revolution new hope for freedom and change.
We the people have the strength to bring our country from our weak-kneed stumbling gait in the last ranks of reason to the leadership of the great march to environmental victory.
All the leadership positions that I have had have one common denominator: none has required that I give up my science work.
Mildred S. Dresselhaus
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
Alexander the Great
Even back in elementary school, I was a leader, but a leader who didn’t know how to channel my leadership skills in a constructive way. When I was younger, it probably came out as being more of a bossy little kid.
Donald Trump is talking about the failed leadership of the Obama Administration.
You watch television and see what’s going on on this debt ceiling issue. And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing’s going to get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress.
I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.
I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John F. Kennedy
I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.
For many members of Congress, the time for choosing is near – do what the party leadership demands, or do what the people have asked you to do. If my colleagues don’t mind some advice from a newcomer, I’d suggest going with the will of the people.
Preparing our city to achieve its destiny will require strong leadership.
The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.
Mary Kay Ash
I think we so often equate leadership with being experts – the leader is supposed to come in and fix things. But in this interconnected world we live in now, it’s almost impossible for just one person to do that.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser
Maintaining a positive working relationship with Mexico’s leadership will also be crucial to increasing communication and trade. I plan to personally maintain those relationships.
President Bush has shown great leadership. He has said that the 21st century will not be ruled or dictated by terrorists, dictators, and murderers. He is absolutely right. God bless him for his resolve.
We do not need international help to stop corruption, we need strong Louisiana Leadership.
I very much believe in values-based leadership and that the values that I believe in and try to govern by are transcendent values.
Boone Pickens should be commended for his leadership on American energy security, and for bringing Ted Turner along on some sensible approaches to enhancing it.
I think in any situation, so much of effective leadership is when it comes from your own personality. And I feel very fortunate to be comfortable in the Colts locker room, where people can be who they are, and they don’t have to change it when they show up to work that day.
In any leadership position, you’re always going to be disappointing somebody.
There’s two parts of leadership. You’ve got to be a good leader – you’ve got to be somebody that people want to emulate and care about the other people. But the other guys that you have have to accept their leadership. They have to respond to it. That’s the chemistry that you never know how that is going to happen.
Hope and change? We’re not doing that anymore. They’re doing attack and blame. And so, I just think people are going to see through this. They want real leadership. They want us to get this country on the right track.
I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead Intel. We have amazing assets, tremendous talent, and an unmatched legacy of innovation and execution. I look forward to working with our leadership team and employees worldwide to continue our proud legacy while moving even faster into ultra-mobility to lead Intel into the next era.
If it doesn’t have a full delay or defund of Obamacare, I know I and many others will not be able to support whatever the leadership proposes.
I think leadership is something you earn, more through actions than words.
We have to reform the entire political process. It’s got to start with leadership by example.
I don’t run a non-profit. There are lots of non-profits in America – in Detroit, parts of Wall Street, etc. I run a not for profit. We’re a business. The only difference is that instead of selling soap or sneakers, we sell hope and leadership.
I realize that as the quarterback, you have to assume some sort of leadership role because you have to talk in the huddle on every play, and you’re essentially giving out orders to the team. But in my mind, I have to prove myself on the field before I can start asserting a leadership role.
Leadership does take work. And it should. If you aspire to be a leader, you ought to treat leadership as a craft, you ought to become a student of it, and you ought to work at it. And if you’re not willing to work at it, well, you get what you give.
And the whole world, the whole world that believes in freedom, whether you’re talking about personal freedom, economic freedom, religious freedom, they look to the United States for leadership; and you’re part of that leadership.
In the ’90s, there was scant presidential leadership and insufficient domestic political mobilization for foreign policy grounded in human rights.
I have no doubt that the Palestinian Arab leadership made a mistake when it did not accept the partition plan in 1947, but I want to try to understand it.
I am leaving because I have to fight simultaneously a potential recurrence of cancer the Democratic leadership, a health care bill that’s going to destroy this country, my opposition to it and a belief that my party has become what it became – what it campaigned against.
When you look at a Congress that has an 84 percent disapproval rating, that means that for the most part, the people of this country, and certainly California, are looking for new leadership.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
Leadership is failing. And Donald Trump is going to take a holistic approach to how we focus on these things, and he’s not going to allow disparate activities in the communities to define everything.
We never used to blink at taking a leadership role in the world. And we understood leadership often required something other than drones and bombs. We accepted global leadership not just for humanitarian reasons, but also because it was in our own best interest. We knew we couldn’t isolate ourselves from trouble. There was no place to hide.
Jamal Crawford reminds me the most of myself, the way he goes to the basket. But they need leadership.
I have disagreements with leadership, I have disagreements with the speaker, but I have those one-on-one.
In this age, I don’t care how tactically or operationally brilliant you are: if you cannot create harmony – even vicious harmony – on the battlefield based on trust across service lines, across coalition and national lines, and across civilian/military lines, you need to go home, because your leadership is obsolete.
When I interviewed Paul Bremer in his office, he had almost no books on his shelves. He had a couple of management books, like ‘Leadership’ by Rudolph Giuliani. I didn’t take it as an encouraging sign.
Integrity is a very important and an almost indispensable virtue that all leaders must possess. This is especially true in the Philippine context because we Filipinos really respond to leadership by example.
When President Obama was in the Senate, when he was a U.S. senator, he voted against raising the debt ceiling. And he said it was a lack of leadership that had brought us to this point.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Management’s job is to convey leadership’s message in a compelling and inspiring way. Not just in meetings, but also by example.
Moreover, as the leadership of the House confirmed last year, the Administration remains opposed to a congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide due to Turkish objections. This approach sends absolutely the wrong signal to Turkey and to the rest of the world.
Patrick J. Kennedy
Republican leadership in Congress let the energy companies write the energy bill that sent prices soaring, and has turned a blind eye to the struggles of working families trying to make ends meet.
In one of my recent books, ‘The Success Principles,’ I taught 64 lessons that help people achieve what they want out of life. From taking nothing less than 100 percent responsibility for your life to empowering others, these are the fundamentals to success – and to great leadership.
In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake – to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.
We also can’t try to take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis. That’s not leadership; that’s a recipe for quagmire, spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately weakens us. It’s the lesson of Vietnam, of Iraq – and we should have learned it by now.
IBM has taken a leadership role in this area and is prepared to be a technology partner with companies around the world to take advantage of these new developments.
No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
Michel de Montaigne
Inspirational leaders need to have a winning mentality in order to inspire respect. It is hard to trust in the leadership of someone who is half-hearted about their purpose, or only sporadic in focus or enthusiasm.
When the world is in the midst of change, when adversity and opportunity are almost indistinguishable, this is the time for visionary leadership and when leaders need to look beyond the survival needs of those they’re serving.
But 85 percent of the mosques have extremist leadership in this country. Most Muslims, the overwhelming majority of Muslims, are loyal Americans.
Peter T. King
As far as Iraq, the important thing is that the Taliban is gone in Afghanistan, three-quarters of the al-Qaida leadership is either dead or in jail, and we now have Saudi Arabia working with us, Pakistan working with us.
Peter T. King
I think the voters are going to see a stark difference between steady leadership from Secretary Clinton, a depth of experience, and ill-temperament and poor judgment from Donald Trump; that’s what they’ve seen this entire campaign. We welcome these debates.
There are many things that matter much more than an editor’s gender in shaping the direction of the leadership.
Well football teams are perhaps easier to control than political parties, I’m sure the Prime Minister would agree with me, but yeah I think every team needs discipline and a sense of self-belief and that’s important, that’s what leadership’s all about.
Iain Duncan Smith
Because management deals mostly with the status quo and leadership deals mostly with change, in the next century we are going to have to try to become much more skilled at creating leaders.
John P. Kotter
I think America is in trouble, but it’s not beyond repair. But it’s going to take leadership who sees the greatness of this country and who believes that, once again, we can be one nation under God.
If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group, they can compete in piety. A chilling thought. Or funny.
You cannot transpose the U.S. system on Turkey, and the Turkish system on France etc. You have to understand the people and their culture. That’s leadership.
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
To be an objective leader means aligning your models with the needs of the organization. There is no question anymore that collaboration, seeking out diverse perspectives and developing new ways to look at challenges and opportunities, is a key leadership competency.
The world is fortunate – for the time being, at least – that it has an American president in Obama who is prepared to take a conciliatory and concessive attitude towards America’s decline and that it has a Chinese leadership which has been extremely cautious about expressing an opinion, let alone flexing its muscles.
The church wasn’t an organization in the first century. They weren’t writing checks or buying property. The church has matured and developed over the years. But for some reason, the last thing to change is the structure of leadership.
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
History has shown that one cannot legislate a culture of integrity. And yet, one of the paramount responsibilities and challenges of corporate leadership is to ensure such a culture.
It simply cannot be disputed that for decades the Palestinian leadership was more interested in there not being a Jewish state than in there being a Palestinian state.
Leadership means forming a team and working toward common objectives that are tied to time, metrics, and resources.
Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
In addition to removing our democratically elected government, Israel wants to sow dissent among Palestinians by claiming that there is a serious leadership rivalry among us. I am compelled to dispel this notion definitively.
Beginning under the Roman Empire, intellectual leadership in the West had been provided by Christianity. In the middle ages, who invented the first universities – in Paris, Oxford, Cambridge? The church.
When I was commander of Central Command, obviously we were very concerned about the developments in Yemen, the developments in Somalia and elsewhere, in Africa and so forth. But the al Qaeda senior leadership is under unprecedented pressure.
Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.
Real leadership means tackling tough problems ourselves and not leaving them to our children.
With King Abdullah’s leadership and his people’s trust he can keep the kingdom stable and secure in all its affairs.
Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Louisiana’s a very conservative state. When we’ve ever polled this, we’ve found that they like conservative reforms. They want us to fight back against our leadership and Democrats, so it’s very consistent.
I am a general. My soldiers are the keys and I have to command them.
In 1992, Bill Clinton ran on a platform of ‘ending welfare as we know it.’ His political worldview, drawn from like-minded thinkers at the Democratic Leadership Council, was based in private sector growth and personal responsibility.
From the very first, it has been the educated and intelligent of the Negro people that have led and elevated the mass, and the sole obstacles that nullified and retarded their efforts were slavery and race prejudice; for what is slavery but the legalized survival of the unfit and the nullification of the work of natural internal leadership?
W. E. B. Du Bois
Clearly you need a new team to go out to bat on your behalf; to fight for your rights and to report back to you personally and to the leadership of the IFP.
Every time I would give a talk, someone would say, ‘You ought to go into politics.’ I prefer to call it government leadership. My life has taken me to places where I have experiences that I think I can share. A lot of times, we see people who are career politicians. I’m not the conventional candidate, nor do I want to be.
Instead of begging OPEC to drop its oil prices, let’s use American leadership and ingenuity to solve our own energy problems.
Nobody in a leadership level in American politics is trying to inspire the American people. Everybody needs to be goosed. The vast majority of people are not self-starters.
So here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?
There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
I don’t agree with all-male leaderships. Men cannot be left to run things on their own. I think it’s a thoroughly bad thing to have a men-only leadership.
No organization should be allowed near disaster unless they are willing to cooperate with some level of established leadership.
Military school was great and especially great for leadership and then I spent two years in Vietnam.
In Illinois, where legislators are paid $45,000, plus as much as $10,000 for leadership work, about half are full-time politicians.
Even moderates, they can see in Trump the potential to have logjams broken and things finally get done. This makes some conservatives and some liberals furious, nervous, and me nervous a little bit, because I’m a pretty pure conservative. So that’s a potential of his leadership.
I believe that it is irresponsible, it is basically part of the crisis of leadership in D.C. to not look at Social Security and understand that there has got to be a solution posed. We’ve got to take a look at it and make sure that we create a solution so our seniors aren’t left out in the cold.
Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.
I think when you have strong leadership at the coaching level and you empower the coach and the coaching staff, you have a lot more stability.
At IBM, if we kept our same leadership for 36 years, we’d be bankrupt.
The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.
If you can provide the funding and you get the leadership, you’ll have a competitive team.
T. Boone Pickens
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
In fact, the converse is true: At a time when the United States has been called on for a level of moral leadership, vision and inspiration not seen since World War II, we cannot afford to dissemble about crimes against humanity.
As for leadership, I am the kind who leads reluctantly and more by example than anything else. Someone had to be on the incorporation papers as president.
Good political leadership for me involves getting the big decisions right – however difficult, however controversial, however potentially divisive – and then being able to take people with you.
Why would I be willing to challenge my Republican leadership? Because my allegiance will always be to the Constitution and the American people first and foremost, not to my political party.
I think leadership is not something you learn; it’s something you discover.
I have run a general election campaign pregnant and ran Ed Miliband’s leadership campaign commuting to London with a new baby so I already have my system set up.
One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.
I believe that the will of the people is resolved by a strong leadership. Even in a democratic society, events depend on a strong leadership with a strong power of persuasion, and not on the opinion of the masses.
I’ve always voted Republican because America is exactly that, a republic. You can’t expect much leadership with a Democrat behind the desk their not even close to dual efficient.
The sad fact is, because we’ve had a failed policy and failed leadership, now we’re having to rely on Russians and the Iranians to go into Syria to fight and destroy ISIS.
Leadership is an intense journey into yourself. You can use your own style to get anything done. It’s about being self-aware. Every morning, I look in the mirror and say, ‘I could have done three things better yesterday.’
Jeffrey R. Immelt
Leadership is happening, but it’s not coming from the leaders of the old institutions. Everywhere you look, you see these extraordinary, sparkling new initiatives that are under way.
Mahatma Gandhi was someone who demonstrated the tremendous power of leadership by example.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
If we are to negotiate the coming years safely, we may need a new kind of leadership. To put it more precisely, we need the rediscovery of an ancient kind of leadership that has rarely been given the prominence it deserves. I mean the leader as teacher.
I try to work hard. I try to set a good example. I don’t look at it as though I’ve got to be a leader. I just try to behave the way I think I should behave. If that results in a leadership role, great.
I took a gamble to exercise leadership without losing my feminine nature.
The secret to understanding me is, I’m not trying to be anybody other than who I actually am. People want candid, refreshing leadership. And I’ve always tried to go with solutions. You know, I’ve always tried to say, here’s how we get our economy growing, here’s why we get our debt under control. That’s what Mitt Romney is offering.
Seventy years after China emerged from the Second World War, the greatest threat facing the nation’s leadership is not imperialism but skepticism.
High expectations are the key to everything.
Now, do I think there has to be shared sacrifice among other nations in the world who want a stable and secure world? Absolutely, there has to be. But I don’t think that America can ever abdicate its leadership role in the world because of who we are and where we’ve come from. We are the symbol for the world for freedom and liberty.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.
The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.
Churches need to figure out how they will address the spiritual lives of their staffs and leadership teams.
Character in leadership is the most important balance for leadership. Without character, leaders have no safety. Leadership has no protection without character.
As the Palestinian leadership never seems to pay any penalty for its words, America’s seriousness about the peace process is in doubt.
If you look at your companies, and half of your staff are not female, and a decent percentage of them are not people of color, then you are part of the problem because you need people working for you and you need people in positions of leadership who can exercise their bias and who can exercise their perspective.
I totally disagree with the premise that al Qaeda is on the path to defeat. Quite the contrary, al Qaeda has deliberately decentralized its operations – not because of the relentless attacks we have had on its national leadership in Pakistan, but because its strategic objective is to dominate and control Muslim countries in the region.
The way I see it, what is going to come out of the moon activities is a respect for U.S. leadership.
I always liked the idea of leadership and being a captain.
Leadership can change its mind; leadership can open its eye. Leadership can even be replaced.
It is with obedience to your call that I take up the burden of government leadership for the final time.
The business manager was doing fine back in his office while they were out on the line, hungry. And, so they started to see a lot of that and there was, that maybe the leadership had its own cause. More so than the miners, you know, it was like a power struggle.
Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
Research shows that girls look at leadership differently than boys.
Anna Maria Chavez
What happened with Hurricane Katrina was the American electorate was forced to look at what lay behind the veneer of chest-beating. We all saw the consequences of having terrible government leadership.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
The Labor party under my leadership is working to bring the Israeli people together from all nationalities in the spirit of the scroll of independence.
There are certain skills that business people have that are – that are, in fact, helpful in – when it comes to being in political leadership.
In any case, decisions on troop levels in the American system of government are not made by any general or set of generals but by the civilian leadership of the war effort.
On the other hand, the waging of peace as a science, as an art, is in its infancy. But we can trace its growth, its steady progress, and the time will come when there will be particular individuals designated to assume responsibility for and leadership of this movement.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Our country needs a new generation of leadership, and I believe that Marco Rubio presents this nation with the greatest possibilities and opportunities to meet the challenges of the next generation.
Uncertainty is not an indication of poor leadership; it underscores the need for leadership.
I think that bold leadership sells.
We in the United States believe in the protection of minorities; we recognize the contributions that they can make and the leadership that they can provide; and we do not believe that any people – whether majority or minority, or individual human beings – are ‘expendable’ in the cause of theory or of policy.
Sport fosters many things that are good; teamwork and leadership.
It’s really necessary for the United States to continue to give strong leadership to the Middle East peace process, supported by European countries at the same time.
Having served in the Nixon Administration, I am well aware of how the political leadership of an administration can try to politicize the civil service, including law enforcement.
He’s a novice, but he’s had these – he’s experienced in leadership in tight circumstances. He started – he dropped the first bomb, led the first air strike into North Vietnam.
There is an irresistible demand to strengthen the leadership of the constructive forces of the world at the present momentous time. This is true because of stupendous, almost unbelievable changes which have taken place in recent years on every continent.
John Raleigh Mott
The Freedom Caucus, like many of the members, feel like that we have too much of a top-heavy, power-based type of leadership program where the decisions are made exclusively at the top and that members voices are not heard, which means that our constituents’ voices are not heard: those that we represent.
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
It’s a different era. Our job now is to show leadership and vision and to help the next generation of artists.
American presidential leadership never goes out of style.
The main tenet of design thinking is empathy for the people you’re trying to design for. Leadership is exactly the same thing – building empathy for the people that you’re entrusted to help.
David M. Kelley
Success in past U.S. conflicts has not been strictly the result of military leadership but rather the judgment of the president in choosing generals and setting broad strategy.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
In my view, it is important that our national government exercise leadership to improve the resiliency of the entire nation in the face of continuing extreme weather.
That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process.
Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.
Lewis H. Lapham
President Roosevelt’s leadership put the world on notice that the United States of America – with the freest, most dynamic economy the world had ever seen – was open for business.
When we see a lack of leadership coming from the White House, that’s what brings leaders in Turkey to attack Israel the way they do. When we see a lack of leadership coming from the White House, that’s why we see the leader of Iran… continuing to build the nuclear reactors.
The next thing is: we can make IBM even better. We brought IBM back but we’re gunning for leadership.
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
There is usually an ‘X factor’ that is hard to define. For HTC, I think it is our culture. We embrace the best of our Eastern roots and combine it with the best of the Western cultures where we have leadership and offices. It makes the culture colorful as well as energetic and creative.
Leadership is about doing what you know is right – even when a growing din of voices around you is trying to convince you to accept what you know to be wrong.
Voters go into the ballot box with big ideas in their mind: leadership, change, experience, hope.
As a company grows from 25 to 50 to 100 to 200 to 500 to 1000 people, the characteristics of who is the very best talent in leadership roles will change. It’s rarely the case that your leadership team at 1000 people is the same leadership team you had a 25 people.
I think that if Republicans are given the reins of leadership in the House or Senate or both, we will have to govern in a way – at least put forward solutions whether or not the president goes along with them or not, that deal with these long-term challenges.
All our lives are enriched by the leadership and excellence and confidence of female athletes, whether the Mia Hamms and Maya Moores we know or the field hockey, lacrosse and track and field athletes we do not necessarily know.
Say what you will about the leadership of ‘SNL,’ they have crafted an institution as opposed to just running a show. I don’t think that’s by accident.
I work closely with Hispanic leadership.
A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.
Because of the president’s leadership, every American will have access to affordable, quality health care.
I made a commitment… both to myself and to some supporters to carefully consider a run for the Liberal leadership for the Liberal Party of Canada.
America is best when we come together with clear leadership, expertise, and the political will to take on difficult challenges and get things done. No one should ever doubt the strength and resilience of our country and our democracy.
I speak directly to the people, and I know that the people of California want to have better leadership. They want to have great leadership. They want to have somebody that will represent them. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, young or old.
Under Superintendent Johnson’s leadership, our police department is on a path to earn the respect of every community in the City of Chicago.
In the military, I learned that ‘leadership’ means raising your hand and volunteering for the tough, important assignments.
I’ve always maintained – a captain is only as good as his team. It is not about my leadership, it is not about me.
The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.
I don’t think leadership demands ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers; I think leadership is providing the forum for making the right decision, which doesn’t demand unanimity.
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.
Pay attention to those employees who respectfully ask why. They are demonstrating an interest in their jobs and exhibiting a curiosity that could eventually translate into leadership ability.
Bill Gates can’t control a high-level-energy dog, because his energy is very low, very calm. Very intellectual. A dog doesn’t see that as leadership.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell
If people want to get into leadership through corrupt practices, through corrupt means, I think that’s detestable; we have to take action.
The biggest difference is in the leadership. It was better for us. We had more coaches and mentors to help us. A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction.
In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy.
Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens.
Maybe if everybody in leadership was a woman, you might not get into the conflicts in the first place. But if you watch the women who have made it to the top, they haven’t exactly been non-aggressive – including me.
There was great leadership in this country at the time of World War II. There was also unrelenting resolve at home, in America’s factories and on the farms, in the cities and the country.
When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.
Roy E. Disney
My mom was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Chicago Law School, in 1946. She had leadership roles in the law, in government and the corporate world. She was a great role model in that she felt anything was possible.
John W. Rogers, Jr.
I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.
In terms of having views and being prepared to express them, yes, I think New Zealand’s had a leadership role in a lot of things.
I think we need leadership that helps us remember that part of what we are about is caring about more than the person right next to us, but the folks across the way.
Anna Deavere Smith
My father’s values and vision of this country obviously form everything I have as values and ideals. But this is not the ghost of my father running for the leadership of the Liberal party. This is me.
I wish I had played team sports. I think every kid should. Teamwork builds character – teaches people about leadership and cooperation.
I fully support U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his Global Education First Initiative and the work of U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and the respectful president of the U.N. General Assembly Vuk Jeremic. I thank them for the leadership they continue to give.
I watched the Bush administration overreact to the Clinton administration, who believed they did too much nation building, sustaining other countries, and that’s why we never put the commitment on Afghanistan and Iraq that should have been in there under their policy leadership.
Leaders of the future will have to be visionary and be able to bring people in – real communicators. These are things that women bring to leadership and executive positions, and it’s going to be incredibly valuable and incredibly in demand.
Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
Harold S. Geneen
Nixon was an awful president in many ways, including in some of his foreign-policy choices. But he left no doubt that foreign policy and America’s leadership in the world outside its borders was of paramount importance to him.
Many corporate leaders and employees have the right intentions, but it can be overwhelming when you consider how everything is affected from leadership styles, to organizational structure, to employee engagement, to customer service an marketplace.
The conduct of President Bush’s war of choice has been plagued with incompetent civilian leadership decisions that have cost many lives and rendered the war on and occupation of Iraq a strategic policy disaster for the United States.
If an artist is driven primarily by social responsibility, I think the art probably suffers because, again, just as leadership has a rather defined end point or purpose, social responsibility would seem to have a very clear moral context.
The war and terrorism in the Middle East, the crisis of leadership in many of the oil-supply countries in the developing world, the crisis of global warming – all these are very clearly tied to energy.
I think what actually works best is local-level individual targeting of key leadership nodes.
Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.
In the U.S. and Canada, 50% of the young leadership of all the organizations like AIPAC and Hillel are Birthright alumni.
Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman
The 9/11 Commission recently released their report, citing important changes which need to be made to improve our nation’s homeland security. I voiced my disappointment with the House leadership when this report was left until after the August recess for action.
Leadership is an act of submission to God. To be a leader means listening to all kinds of people and situations. Out of that listening, we are hoping to discern the mind of God as best we can. This is the price of leadership – it’s an act of sacrifice. So leadership is part and parcel of the work of submission to God.
The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
I believe that people of faith by and large have a great interest in the institution of family and that a family is a great place to learn leadership skills. I’m sure I benefited by having a mom and mad, both of whom were actively involved in the community and in various enterprises.
Through the inspiration of Vaclav’s words, the courage of his dissidence and the integrity of his leadership, Czechoslovakia successfully transitioned from an authoritarian state to a free democracy at the heart of Europe.
Michael D. Higgins
House Republican leadership have refused to allow a clean minimum wage vote. Close to 15 million Americans will be affected if we did this. Do Republicans really expect a family to live on less than $11,000 a year?
Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
James Cash Penney
I had the closest thing I have ever had to an out-of-body experience lying in bed one morning. I turned on the ‘Today’ programme and item four on the news was: ‘The shadow chancellor has ruled himself out of the leadership.’ I lay there thinking that’s interesting, then I realised it was me.
Leadership is a mindset in action. So don’t wait for the title. Leadership isn’t something that anyone can give you – you have to earn it and claim it for yourself.
We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.
France, after the month of May, will share trust with the current leadership of the United States which, on many subjects, has tended to take useful positions in our view.
As the leadership team, we’re taking bold and decisive action to evolve our organization and culture. This includes difficult steps, but they are necessary to position Microsoft for future growth and industry leadership.
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 J. Wheatley
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Laurence J. Peter
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.
I’d like to see where boys and girls end up if they get equal encouragement – I think we might have some differences in how leadership is done.
There is a science to managing high tech businesses, and it needs to be respected. One of them is that in technology businesses, leadership is temporary. It’s constantly recycling. So the asset has limited lifetime.
It takes leadership to improve safety. And I started off the movement in my time, but the person who has done more over the past 20 to 30 years and who has led it is Professor Sid Watkins.
I think America has a responsibility to maintain its leadership in technology and its moral leadership in the world, to explore, to seek knowledge.
I would say that one of the things that encouraged me so much when I became elected to the leadership was the letters I received from fathers of daughters, saying that, ‘My daughter can now do many more things because of what you did.’
China and India will take the global leadership on climate change: they are suffering for it.
Grades don’t measure tenacity, courage, leadership, guts or whatever you want to call it. Teachers or any other persons in a position of authority should never tell anybody they will not succeed because they did not get all A’s in school.
Thomas J. Stanley
The leadership of the Palestinian Authority is not held in high regard by most of the population of the West Bank. They’re seen as living relatively high off the hog and certainly not accomplishing anything vis-a-vis the Israelis.
As long as the opposition believes the world will stand with Ukraine’s democrat reformers, they will have the leverage and the courage to establish a legitimate republic under the leadership of Viktor Yushchenko.
Yes, America must do the right thing, but to provide moral leadership, America must do it in the right way, too.
You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.
I want American Dream growth – lots of new businesses, well-paying jobs, and American leadership in new industries, like clean energy and biotechnology.
William J. Clinton
As in nature, politics abhors a vacuum. Without a strong voice for more moderate leadership, the Tea Party is filling that vacuum.
Example is leadership.
There’s a very big gulf between the black civil rights leadership in America and the black middle class in America. The black middle class are conservative. Many of those minorities can be persuaded to be members of the Republican Party.
Pete du Pont
Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for, or any work at all. So here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?
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