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Twelve quotes on leadership

The focus for October is on the impact and influence of leadership.  As John Maxwell, Key Leadership expert poses, “Leadership is influence”


I thought I would start this focus with 12 quotes on leadership.   I rate these as some of the most influential quotes I have read. (I hope you do too!)


  1. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  -John Quincy Adams
  2. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” -Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder
  3. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “Leaders instil in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” -Unknown
  5. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” -Theodore M. Hesburgh
  6. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch
  7. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan
  8. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker
  9. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter
  10. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  11. “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.” – Warren Bennis
  12. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn


Leading in times of adversity



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