This week I thought a lot about leadership and ran across these leadership quotations. . .

What is leadership?

“Leadership is influence” – John Maxwell

“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Is leadership inherited or learned?

“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.” – Vince Lombardi“

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

What do leaders do?

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Colin Powell

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Am I a leader?

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

“We must become the change we want to see.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden

What’s the difference between leadership and management?

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

“Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system.” – Stephen Covey

“The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.” – Warren Bennis

What is the sign of a good leader?

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

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D. Rockefeller

Are leaders always successful?

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

What is the risk of being a leader?

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“When a man assumes leadership, he forfeits the right to mercy.” – Gennaro Anguilo

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden

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