Good common sense leadership (100 ideas)

  1. Whatever [kind of leader] you are, be a good one. —Abraham Lincoln
  2. They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. —Theodore Roosevelt
  3. A good leader is a person who takes a more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of credit. —John Maxwell
  4. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. ―Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. Vivo ut serviam = I live to serve” ―Latin phrase
  6. “It’s a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.” ―Harry Potter
  7. Librarians wield unfathomable power. With the flip of a wrist they can hide your dissertation behind a pile of old magazines. ―Erica Olsen
  8. A library represents the mind of its collector, fancies and foibles, strengths and weaknesses, prejudices and preferences. ―Sir William Osler
  9. No one cares what you know, unless they know that you care. —Anonymous
  10. The readers of today are the leaders of tomorrow. —Southwest Public Library
  11. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. —William Arthur Ward
  12. If you’re rich you can buy books. If you’re not rich, you need a library. —John Kenneth Galbraith
  13. Power isn’t control at all — power is strength and giving it to others. —Anonymous
  14. Be known for pleasing others, especially if you manage them. —Anonymous
  15. A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves. —Anonymous
  16. Lead by example (ductus exemplo) —United States Marine Corps
  17. Values are critical guides for making decisions. When in doubt, they cut the fog like beacons in the night. —Robert Townsend
  18. You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. —Lee Iacocca
  19. Excellence is caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe; dreaming more than others think is practical. Expecting more than others think is possible. —Winston Churchill
  20. 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
  21. The real leader has no need to lead; he is content to point the way. —Henry Miller
  22. Productivity is not an accident. It is the result of a commitment to excellence, and focused effort. —Anonymous
  23. A leader is best when people barely know he exists and when the work is done, they say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu
  24. Where there is an absence of vision, people perish. —Proverbs 29:18
  25. You manage things and lead people. —Admiral Hopper
  26. A competent leader can get efficiency from weak empolyees, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of them. —John J Pershing
  27. The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a train wreck towed to the scrapyard. —Ayn Rand
  28. Any one can hold the helm when the seas are calm. —Publilius Syrus
  29. If your actions inspire others to dream, learn, do and become, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams
  30. He who has great power should use it lightly. —Seneca
  31. To command is to serve others, nothing more and nothing less. —Andre Malraux
  32. He who has never learned to obey cannot be a commander. —Aristotle
  33. There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. —Fuchan Yuan
  34. My dad had a simple test that helps me measure my own leadership: when out of the office, does your staff carry on well without you?” —Martha Peak
  35. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. —Max DePree
  36. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis
  37. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton
  38. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch
  39. A leader is a dealer in hope. —Napoleon Bonaparte
  40. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  41. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell
  42. My own definition of leadership is “The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence”. —General Montgomery
  43. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision, raising a person’s performance to a high standard, building a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker
  44. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead
  45. The nation will find it very hard to look up to leaders who keep their ears to the ground. —Sir Winston Churchill
  46. The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. —Warren Bennis
  47. Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. —Brian Tracy
  48. I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. —Ralph Nader
  49. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. —Peter Drucker
  50. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. —Publilius Syrus
  51. A great person attracts great people and knows how to bring them together. —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  52. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. —Theodore Roosevelt
  53. You don’t lead by pointing and telling people where to go. You lead by going there and making your case. —Ken Kesey
  54. When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. —Napoleon Bonaparte
  55. Men make history not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. —Harry S. Truman
  56. People buy into the leader before they buy into “the vision”. —John Maxwell
  57. So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to do their work. —Peter Drucker
  58. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. —Kenneth Blanchard
  59. A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. —John Maxwell
  60. Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of others. When people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can do. —Sam Walton
  61. A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, courage to make decisions, and compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by his actions and the integrity of his intent. —Douglas MacArthur
  62. A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. —Ovid
  63. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. —Andrew Carnegie
  64. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. —General Dwight Eisenhower
  65. The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. —Eric Hoffer
  66. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the audience. —Max Lucado
  67. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. —General George Patton
  68. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. —Bill Gates
  69. Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. —Eleanor Roosevelt
  70. Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leading others. —Donald Rumsfeld
  71. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. —General Colin Powell
  72. I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership is and how heroic followership can be. —Warren Bennis
  73. 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
  74. If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. —Maya Angelou
  75. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams
  76. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. —Thomas Jefferson
  77. It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. —Latin Proverb
  78. I cherish the ideal of a democratic and free society where all live together in harmony with equal opportunity. —Nelson Mandela
  79. Lead and inspire people. Don’t manage or manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led. —Ross Perot
  80. Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made like anything else, through hard work. That’s the price we have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. —Vince Lombardi
  81. Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. —John C. Maxwell
  82. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. —John F. Kennedy
  83. Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenges of the day. —Jesse Jackson
  84. Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. —Woodrow Wilson
  85. Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts. —Erskine Bowles
  86. Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. —Bill Bradley
  87. Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. —Tom Peters
  88. Never give an order that can’t be obeyed. —General Douglas MacArthur
  89. No man is good enough to govern others without their consent. —Abraham Lincoln
  90. What you do has far greater impact than what you say. —Stephen Covey
  91. Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly. —Chinese Proverb
  92. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. —Arnold Glasow
  93. The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind others, the conviction and the will to carry on. —Walter Lippman
  94. The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing around a shared vision. —Ken Blanchard
  95. The growth and development of others is the highest calling. —Harvey Firestone
  96. To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. —Friedrich Nietzsche
  97. To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. —Pat Riley
  98. Let us overthrow the totems, break the taboos. Or better, let us consider them cancelled. Coldly, let us be intelligent. —Pierre Eliot Trudeau
  99. A mind is a fire to be ignited, not a vessel to be filled. —Plutarch
  100. The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. —Ghandi

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