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Leadership Quotes

"You can never stop and as older people we have to learn how to take leadership from the youth and I guess I would say that this is what I'm attempting to do right now."

"Leadership - leadership is about taking responsibility not making excuses."

"Every silver lining has a cloud."

"I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal."

"Leadership means forming a team and working toward common objectives that are tied to time metrics and resources."

"Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children before they are aware of their own self-importance learn so easily."

"What I've really learned over time is that optimism is a very very important part of leadership."

"As far as Iraq the important thing is that the Taliban is gone in Afghanistan three-quarters of the al-Qaida leadership is either dead or in jail and we now have Saudi Arabia working with us Pakistan working with us."

"The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang."

"The Chinese leadership hoped that the world would soon forget the Tiananmen Square massacre. Our job in Congress is to ensure that we never forget those who lost their lives in Tiananmen Square that day or the pro-democracy cause for which they fought."

"I wish I had played team sports. I think every kid should. Teamwork builds character - teaches people about leadership and cooperation."

"The United States is the most innovative country in the world. But our leadership could slip away if we fail to properly fund primary secondary and higher education."

"When your values are clear to you making decisions becomes easier."

"In Britain you do your job. When you do an American TV show there is a sense of being one with the crew and there is a leadership element which was a learning curve for me because it is very different culturally. In Britain you just do it leave and say 'Thanks.'"

"You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault not leadership."

"In fact the converse is true: At a time when the United States has been called on for a level of moral leadership vision and inspiration not seen since World War II we cannot afford to dissemble about crimes against humanity."

"Even after such milestones as Kathryn Bigelow winning an Oscar there still seem to be few women in leadership roles."

"In this nation leadership is dollars."

"History has shown that one cannot legislate a culture of integrity. And yet one of the paramount responsibilities and challenges of corporate leadership is to ensure such a culture."

"Such manifestations I account as representing the creative leadership of the new forces of thought and appreciation which attend changes in technological pattern and therefore of the pattern of human relationships in society."

"Clarity affords focus."

"In terms of the principles of politics I think I understand well. Thailand needs someone who has leadership who has the management skills to help the country."

"Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead."

"But the ability to articulate what you are doing to be clear about it and to stick to it is I think the essence of political leadership."

"I am delighted with the strong vote I have received. My message of positive leadership patriotism and commitment clearly was resonating with tens of thousands of ordinary Irish people."

"The biggest difference is in the leadership. It was better for us. We had more coaches and mentors to help us. A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction."

"The very exercise of leadership fosters capacity for it."

"I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential."

"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership."

"The secret to understanding me is I'm not trying to be anybody other than who I actually am. People want candid refreshing leadership. And I've always tried to go with solutions. You know I've always tried to say here's how we get our economy growing here's why we get our debt under control. That's what Mitt Romney is offering."

"I'm floored that the House leadership would turn its back on job creation for Mississippians."

"Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better."

"Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together."

"I believe that the will of the people is resolved by a strong leadership. Even in a democratic society events depend on a strong leadership with a strong power of persuasion and not on the opinion of the masses."

"I think the greater responsibility in terms of morality is where leadership begins."

"Leadership can not be measured in a poll or even in the result of an election. It can only be truly seen with the benefit of time. From the perspective of 20 years not 20 days."

"I think that all areas of the budget have to be scrubbed. Clearly the entitlement issues have to be reformed and that's an issue that's going to require I think some strong bipartisan cooperation and leadership."

"Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing."

"It's very important in a leadership role not to place your ego at the foreground and not to judge everything in relationship to how your ego is fed."

"I want American Dream growth - lots of new businesses well-paying jobs and American leadership in new industries like clean energy and biotechnology."

"I mean Emily Harris was his wife. And she seemed to resent his leadership but on the other hand she felt like a good soldier that he had to be the leader."

"So I think that our foreign policy the president's strong and principled leadership when it comes to the war against terror and foreign policy is going to be an asset."

"To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership you have to be obsessed in some way."

"One of the things about leadership is that you've got to show up. And if you want to be president of the United States you've got to make a case to the American people that Barack Obama needs to be dismissed from his position."

"Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want."

"Many corporate leaders and employees have the right intentions but it can be overwhelming when you consider how everything is affected from leadership styles to organizational structure to employee engagement to customer service an marketplace."

"This Congress is simply not doing its job under Republican leadership."

"For centuries America has led the world on a long march toward freedom and democracy. Let's reclaim our clean energy leadership and lead the world toward clean energy independence."

"People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision."

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."

"The message of the free world to any potential Palestinian leadership should be a simple one: Embrace democratic reform and we will embrace you."

"Example is leadership."

"Boone Pickens should be commended for his leadership on American energy security and for bringing Ted Turner along on some sensible approaches to enhancing it."

"There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two."

"If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny."

"Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority."

"This week you will nominate the most experienced executive to seek the presidency in 60 years in Mitt Romney. He has no illusions about what makes America great and he doesn't confuse the presidency with celebrity or loftiness with leadership."

"Not everybody is created equal and it's important for companies to identify those high potentials and treat them differently accelerate their development and pay them more. That process is so incredibly important to developing first-class leadership in a company."

"Divorced from ethics leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique."

"The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act."

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."

"The problem is is that President Bush and the Republican leadership in the Congress have resisted attempts to increase dramatically our fuel economy standards over the last five years."

"I emphasize self-esteem self-confidence and dignity not as an ideal but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development community organizations do not have staying power."

"I think directors should be confident in their leadership capabilities. I think directors should be confident in what they want to do."

"The Leadership Training Institute of America is a cultural think tank providing training and opportunity in leadership development and cultural dynamics."

"For many members of Congress the time for choosing is near - do what the party leadership demands or do what the people have asked you to do. If my colleagues don't mind some advice from a newcomer I'd suggest going with the will of the people."

"Leadership has become a heavy industry. Concern and interest about leadership development is no longer an American phenomenon. It is truly global. Though I will probably be in less demand I wanted to move on."

"To be elected president you have to do more than tear down your opponents. You have to give the American people a reason to vote for you - a reason to hope - a reason to believe that under your leadership America will be better."

"There would not be enough talent that's educated developed and ready to take on the next leadership challenge and it would cap our growth. Now we've put programs in place not to have that happen but that could be a weakness."

"We need someone with proven conservative leadership experience not entitlement to be able to represent us and lead us."

"It is after all the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it."

"I think most Americans understand that we went through a period in which American leadership was judged quite critically internationally."

"My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership."

"Nixon was an awful president in many ways including in some of his foreign-policy choices. But he left no doubt that foreign policy and America's leadership in the world outside its borders was of paramount importance to him."

"You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war."

"I don't care tuppence whether I'm forced into a leadership position or not. I'd much sooner not."

"Market leadership can translate directly to higher revenue higher profitability greater capital velocity and correspondingly stronger returns on invested capital."

"I think it is quite dangerous for an organisation to think they can predict where they are going to need leadership. It needs to be something that people are willing to assume if it feels relevant given the context of any situation."

"We have now under President Obama's leadership had 29 months in a row of private sector job growth. That stretch of positive private sector job growth hasn't happened since 2005. We still have a long way to go but we are moving in the right direction."

"I think Chinese leadership is trying to tell the world they have another set of logic or reasoning or values which are different from yours. Of course I don't think they believe that. It's just an argument that's made when you can't confront the truth and facts. They really want to maintain power."

"I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles but today it means getting along with people."

"The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from."

"All of this suggests that while citizens became more comfortable with President Bush after September 11 and thought him to have the requisite leadership skills they continue to harbor doubts about his priorities loyalties interests and policies."

"So President Obama wants to change America. I understand that. We don't need to change America. We need to change the White House. We need to change the leadership in the White House."

"Leadership is an active role 'lead' is a verb. But the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout and in a powerful hurry."

"I think it is important for people who are given leadership roles to assume that role immediately."

"You have to enable and empower people to make decisions independent of you. As I've learned each person on a team is an extension of your leadership if they feel empowered by you they will magnify your power to lead."

"I believe it is time for new leadership that is able to leave the '70s behind."

"The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers... Leaders followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership."

"What helps people helps business."

"Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you'll never sit. It may not happen fully till after I'm gone. But I know that the steps we're taking are the right steps."

"As a woman my style defines my leadership. It's a gentler more compassionate approach. I consult I listen and I compromise where it's in the best interest of the citizens."

"Clearly you need a new team to go out to bat on your behalf to fight for your rights and to report back to you personally and to the leadership of the IFP."

"Year after year President Bush has broken his campaign promises on college aid. And year after year the Republican leadership in Congress has let him do it."

"The business manager was doing fine back in his office while they were out on the line hungry. And so they started to see a lot of that and there was that maybe the leadership had its own cause. More so than the miners you know it was like a power struggle."

"I think Mr. Clarke had a tendency to interfere too much with the activities of the CIA and our leadership at the senior level let him interfere too much. So criticism from him I kind of wear as a badge of honor."

"One simple way to keep organizations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular frequent and mandatory basis including the leadership positions."

"I am honored that my freshman class colleagues have put their trust in me to represent our historic class at the leadership table. The incoming freshman class of Representatives is large and diverse but we share many common goals including cutting wasteful spending getting our economy back on track and making government smarter and more efficient."

"Character matters leadership descends from character."

"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves."