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A Look at Leadership. Quotes from Great Minds.

We can all benefit from learning more about leadership, genius and what it takes to guide people through life and business.


We are all leaders. Some of us happen to lead more people than others. Not everyone can be on stage as CEO of a major corporation. Some of us are only leaders to a select few like a small child or a neighbor. Whether we choose to embrace our role as a leader and expand it or not, we can all benefit from learning more about leadership, genius and what it takes to guide people through life and business.

Here are twenty quotes on leadership, inspiration and living life the way it should be lived - with speed and purpose:

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." -Woodrow Wilson

"Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you." -Margaret Thatcher

"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

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." -Douglas MacArthur

"When people talk, listen completely." -Ernest Hemingway

"I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody." -Herbert Swope

"Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them." -Diogenes of Sinope

"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." -Harvey S. Firestone

"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

"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

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." -Martin Luther King Jr.

"Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm." -Publilius Syrus

"People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." -John C. Maxwell

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." -Robert Louis Stevenson

"Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not 'making friends and influencing people,' that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations." -Peter F. Drucker

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."-Abraham Lincoln

"Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results." -George S. Patton Jr.

"A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see." -Leroy Eimes

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." -Steve Jobs

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." --John F. Kennedy

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