Leadership Quotes

Some of my favorite leadership quotes…

“Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.”
- George Van Valkenburg
“I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.”
- Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-P\0rigord
“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.”
- Thomas J. Watson
“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. “
- Tom Landry
“An army of a thousand is easy to find, but, ah, how difficult to find a general.”
- Chinese proverb

And some others I like…

“A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says ‘I was beaten,’ he does not say ‘My men were beaten.’”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.”
- Author Unknown
“Leadership is action, not position.”
- Donald H. McGannon
“You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.”
- Gene Mauch
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”
- Albert Schweitzer
“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.”
- Robert Jarvik
“You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
- Napoleon Bonaparte
“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”
- Tom Peters
“One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.”
- Dennis A. Peer
“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.:
- John C. Maxwell
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
“Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
“A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.”
- General George S. Patton
“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”
- General George Patton
“Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity. If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.”
- Karl von Clausewitz
“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head-that’s assault, not leadership.”
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Management works in the system. Leadership works on the system.
- Stephen R. Covey
“Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
- Sam Walton
“Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
- Lao Tzu
“Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey.
- Charles S. Lauer

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dillan September 29, 2010 at 1:28 am

“Empires rise and fall, the greatest cities crumble to dust, it is not what a leader accomplishes in lfe, but what he does for others that truly stands the test of time.” DP

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2 Anonymous June 11, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Great quotes
I love that in the mix of all those you even included one from yourself that I will share with some of my students later today. They are struggling with entitlement in their area of minsitry and we are meeting to talk about it. Thanks for your thoughts!
Also posted a portion of this on my blog with a link back here.

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3 Anonymous October 20, 2008 at 11:58 am

That was really cool.. Quotes are really fun to read.. Loved it.. Keep posting

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4 Anonymous July 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Leadership is truly a benefit for both the leader and its team. Years ago I was studying guitar so at some point I reach a skill level where I couldn’t go further, so some friend of mine wanted to learn guitar, the funniest thing when I was teaching also I learned more and improved my skills. A leader is a guide but as you said is a matter of action no position.
Check out this related article:
<a >How to be a good leader</a>.

I like your blog.

Regards.

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5 Anonymous July 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Leadership is truly a benefit for both the leader and its team. Years ago I was studying guitar so at some point I reach a skill level where I couldn’t go further, so some friend of mine wanted to learn guitar, the funniest thing when I was teaching also I learned more and improved my skills. A leader is a guide but as you said is a matter of action no position.
Check out this related article:
<a >How to be a good leader</a>.
I like your blog.
Regards.

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6 Anonymous July 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Leadership is truly a benefit for both the leader and its team. Years ago I was studying guitar so at some point I reach a skill level where I couldn’t go further, so some friend of mine wanted to learn guitar, the funniest thing when I was teaching also I learned more and improved my skills. A leader is a guide but as you said is a matter of action no position.
Check out this related article:
<a >How to be a good leader</a>.
I like your blog.
Regards.

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7 Anonymous November 27, 2007 at 4:48 pm

Hi,
Just a brief question about the famous quotist George Van Valkenburg. He is credited with several quotes, including, “Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.”
I can’t find a biography on him! Who is George Van Valkenburg?
Thank you for your help!

Lucy Williams
Copywriter | Starwood Vacation Ownership
9002 San Marco Ct | Orlando, FL | 32819
Phone: 407.903.4807 | Cell: 919.389.5179

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8 Anonymous November 27, 2007 at 4:48 pm

Hi,
Just a brief question about the famous quotist George Van Valkenburg. He is credited with several quotes, including, “Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.”
I can’t find a biography on him! Who is George Van Valkenburg?
Thank you for your help!

Lucy Williams
Copywriter | Starwood Vacation Ownership
9002 San Marco Ct | Orlando, FL | 32819
Phone: 407.903.4807 | Cell: 919.389.5179

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9 Anonymous June 23, 2004 at 7:06 pm

Loved the quotes. Thanks for posting them. I copied them and sent them to my boss. I work at a leadership center on a college campus. Thanks!

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10 Anonymous June 24, 2004 at 12:06 am

Loved the quotes. Thanks for posting them. I copied them and sent them to my boss. I work at a leadership center on a college campus. Thanks!

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