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The world of the 90s and beyond will belong to managers or those who make the numbers dance, as we used to say, or those who are conversant with all the business jargon we used to sound smart. The world will belong to passionate, driven leaders -- people who not only have an enormous amount of energy but who can energize those whom they lead.

When a customer enters my store, forget me. He is king.
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.
If you want to be comfortable -- take an easy job. If you aspire to leadership, take off your coat.
A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
Do your best to be the lead dog otherwise the view never changes.
Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers. Source Unknown Effective leaders are known by the questions they ask rather than the statements they make.
Leadership is like the old galley ships. 100s are rowing, but only one (the captain) knows where they are going
Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers -- not their minds.
People try so hard to believe in leaders now, pitifully hard. But we no sooner get a popular reformer or politician or soldier or writer or philosopher --a Roosevelt, a Tolstoy, a Wood, a Shaw, a Nietzsche, than the cross-currents of criticism wash him away. My Lord, no man can stand prominence these days. It's the surest path to obscurity. People get sick of hearing the same name over and over.
The well being of the people is the supreme law.
A leader has been defined as one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it.
True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.
A good leader needs to have a compass in his head and a bar of steel in his heart.
If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.
Certainly a leader needs a clear vision of the organization and where it is going, but a vision is of little value unless it is shared in a way so as to generate enthusiasm and commitment. Leadership and communication are inseparable.
Leadership is the activity of influencing people to cooperate towards some goal which they come to find desirable and which motivates them over the long haul.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
It is a great pity when the one who should be the head figure is a mere figure head.
To be omnipotent but friendless is to reign.
When the leadership is right and the time is right, the people can always be counted upon to follow -- to the end at all costs.
The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.
He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.
The world cannot be governed without juggling.
The lead dog gets the best view. The rest of the dogs view is butt ugly. Of course, the lead dog is also the first to fall into the ravine.
The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say We did it ourselves.
Great leaders understand human behavior rather than the cybernetics of any function.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.
The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.
You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
Those that rule must hear and be deaf, must see and be blind.
When a blind man bears the standard, pity those who follow.
It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.
The best leaders... almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols.

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