‘No man will make a great leader if he wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.'
‘What seems important or clever or in need of some dramatic moment a lot of times just needs reflection and care.’
‘If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.’
‘The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.’
CICERO (55 BC)
‘The way I like to put it, leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.'
‘Dedicated to advancing the inner side of leadership and successful enterprise in which how we do business together is as important as what we produce, and how we serve others is as vital as how much we profit.'
COOPER & SAWAF
‘For success at the highest levels, in leadership positions, emotional competence accounts for virtually the entire advantage.'
‘When I studied at Harvard I thought organisation behaviour and the people stuff was a waste of time because it couldn't be quantified. Thirty years on, I realise that it is the most important part of management.'
‘Leadership has a hard and a soft side, and the higher you go the more important the soft side becomes.'
‘Leadership is action, not position.'
‘There is a direct relationship between socially responsible investment and corporate financial performance’
DR JOSEPH ADELEGAN
‘The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity.'
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
‘We should take care not to make intellect our god. It has of course powerful muscles, but no personality.'
‘In a networked world, trust is the most important currency.’
‘Leadership is of the spirit, compounded of personality and vision -
FIELD MARSHALL LORD SLIM
‘If you believe in unlimited quality and act in all your business dealings with total integrity, the rest will take care of itself.’
‘It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead -
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
‘Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.'
GENERAL NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF
‘Character defines the person – it answers the question as to whether this is someone to emulate and with what enthusiasm. Integrity establishes the moral baseline to lead.’
GENERAL SIR RICHARD DANNATT
‘Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.'
HONOR DE BALZAC
‘A man who wants to lead an orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.'
‘Focusing time and effort investment on clarifying and executing what is important in integrating leadership and teamwork with strategic intent is the foundation of executive accountability.'
‘The power of emotionally intelligent leadership is shaping destiny and winning strategy through recognition and understanding of own and others' emotions, and using integrity and intuition to guide behaviour.'
‘Whatever the context, principled leadership incorporates intellectual acuity with emotional integrity.’
‘What creates trust, in the end, is the leader' s manifest respect for the follower' .
JIM O’ TOOLE
‘The role of leadership is to find, recognize, and secure the future.'
‘The chief executive who knows his strengths and weaknesses as a leader is likely to be far more effective than the one who remains blind to them. He also is on the road to humility -
‘Leadership means having a clear vision of where you want to go and giving people the self-
‘You can usually fix a technology problem, but the most important thing is people' s motivation, willingness and management.'
‘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.'
‘The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.'
‘The larger and more authoritarian the organization, the better the chance that its top decision makers will be operating in purely imaginary worlds.’
‘I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. 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.'
‘If the CEOs of the clients that we deal with knew what we see on a day to day basis of the internecine rivalries at the geographical and functional level, it is terrifying. It is in our own organisation. I often say if we spent 10% of the time that we spend on corporate infighting focused on our clients or on the competition, we would be about 50% more profitable.’
‘Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.’
‘It’s not my responsibility to think for 5,000 people. It’s my responsibility to create an environment where 5,000 people can think’
‘Leadership begins and ends with you. You cannot lead others until you know how to lead yourself with integrity and alignment to your inner values.’
‘In a corporate atmosphere, values are thought of positively because they originate from the leadership. But people within a company may often think of them as negative. Top management may state that their values include people first, but front liners may see the reality to be people last.'
‘Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.’
‘The function of leadership is to produce more leaders not more followers.'
‘Part of leadership is harnessing your passions in a way that serves your goals but another part of leadership is retaining your humanity.'
‘The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.'
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
‘When leaders act contrary to conscience, we must act contrary to leaders'
‘Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.'
‘Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.'
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