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"The price of greatness is responsibility." - Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter F. Drucker, (1909 - 2005), Author and Teacher

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Physicist and Nobel Laureate

"One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency." - Arnold H. Glasgow, American Psychologist

"Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the 'ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome'. You must be willing to fire." - T. Boone Pickens (1928 - ), American Financier

"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world." - Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997), Albanian Roman Catholic Nun helping the Poor in Calcutta, India

"The graveyards are full of indispensable men." - Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970), French general and Statesman

"Leaders are not born; they are made. And, they are made just like anything else - through hard work. And that is the price we'll have to pay to achieve any goal." - Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970), Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." - Margaret Thatcher (1925 - ), Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." - Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955), American Writer and Lecturer

"Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them." - Dr. Robert Jarvik (1946 - ) American Scientist, Researcher, and Entrepreneur - Inventor of the Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford (1863 - 1947), American Industrialist and Founder of the Ford Motor Company

"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish." - Sam Walton (1918 - 1992), Founder of Walmart

"Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success." - Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955), American Writer and Lecturer

"The best executive is the one who has enough sense 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 (1854 - 1919), 26th President of the United States

"In great attempts it is glorious even to fail." - Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970), Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), 35th President of the United States

"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability." - John Wooden (1910 - ), Retired American Basketball Coach

"A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility." - Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Greek Philosopher

"One of the hardest tasks of leadership is understanding that you are not what you are, but what you're perceived to be by others." - Edward L. Flom, CEO of the Florida Steel Corporation, in a speech, May 6, 1987

"Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation." - William Arthur Wood

"A leader is a dealer in hope." - Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821), Military and Political Leader of France

"The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes." - Tony Blair (1953 - ), Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

"Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." - Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969), 34th President of the United States

"Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way." - Booker T. Washington (1856 - 1915), American Educator and Author

"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes." - Peter F. Drucker, (1909 - 2005), Author and Teacher

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." - George S. Patton, Jr. (1885 - 1945), Four Star Army General

"Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned." - Harold S. Geneen (1910-1997), American Businessman, CEO of ITT from 1959 to 1977

"Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults." - Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), Author, Inventor and Statesman

"Leadership is communicating people's worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it themselves." - Stephen R. Covey (1932 - ), American Author

"It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences." - Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1972), 33rd President of the United States

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." - Ralph Nadar (1934 - ), American Political Activist

"To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice." - Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), Chinese Thinker and Philosopher

"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." - Harvey S. Firestone (1868 - 1938), Founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company

"No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his body, to risk his well-being, to risk his life, in a great cause." - Theodore Roosevelt (1854 - 1919), 26th President of the United States

"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), 16th President of the United States

"The ultimate leaders develop followers who will surpass them." - Alan L. McGinnis (1933 - 2005), American Author

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968), American Clergyman and Activist

"Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence upon one another and of strength to be derived by unity." - Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970), Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967

"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on." - Walter Lippmann (1889 - 1974), American Writer, Reporter, and Political Commentator - Awarded two Pulitzer Prizes

"A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader." - Golda Meir (1898 - 1978), 4th Prime Minister of the State of Israel

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing." - Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), 16th President of the United States

"Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact." - Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993), American Author

"You are only as good as the people you hire." - Ray Kroc (1902 - 1984), Founder of McDonald's Corporation

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." - Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965), German-French Philosopher and 1952 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

"Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions." - Harold S. Geneen (1910-1997), American Businessman, CEO of ITT from 1959 to 1977

"Great necessities call forth great leaders." - Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818), Wife of John Adams (2nd President of the United States)

"The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why." - Warren G. Bennis (1925 - ), American Scholar and Author

"Truly great leaders spend as much time collecting and acting upon feedback as they do providing it." - Alexander Lucia, Author

"It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved." - Thomas Wolfe (1900 - 1938), American Novelist

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." - Douglas MacArthur (1880 - 1964) United States Army General

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