Leadership Quotes: What Makes A Strong Leader?

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leadership-quotes-what-makes-a-strong-leaderWhat makes a strong leader?

John Maxwell once said, “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”

Here are some good quotes and a brief video to help define strong leadership!

More Great Quotes About Leadership

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” — John Maxwell

“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”— Winston Churchill

“Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.” — Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”— John Kenneth Galbraith

“If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.” — G.K. Chesterton to Alexander Woollcott

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” — Henry Kissinger

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” — John Buchan

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The best is he who calls men to the best. And those who heed the call are also blessed. But worthless who call not, heed not, but rest.” — Hesiod, 8th Century BC Greek poet

“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.” — General Douglas MacArthur

“Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.” — Admiral James B. Stockdale

“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

“Men make history and 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 Truman

“Leadership is intentional influence.” — Michael McKinney

“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.” — Gary Wills, Certain Trumpets: The Call of Leaders

 “All Leadership is influence.” — John C. Maxwell, Injoy, Inc.

“You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” — Sam Rayburn

“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

“The function of a leader within any institution: to provide that regulation through his or her non-anxious, self-defined presence.” — Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Humans will probably always need the help of especially gifted moral leaders in order to extend the bonds of caring and trust beyond the easy range of the family and the face-to-face community. Such bonds have become essential to the future of humanity.” — Paul R. Lawrence, Driven To Lead

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” — Ken Kesey

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” — Max DePree

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” — Stephen R. Covey

“As a leader, you’re probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you’re not around.” — Patrick Lencioni

“Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” — Peter F. Drucke

“Leadership is the ability to establish standards and manage a creative climate where people are self-motivated toward the mastery of long term constructive goals, in a participatory environment of mutual respect, compatible with personal values.” — Mike Vance

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” — General George Patton

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.” — Ross Perot

“When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that a “drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.” — Abraham Lincoln

“My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” — General Montgomery

“High sentiments always win in the end, The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” — George Orwell

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” — John Maxwell

“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”— Winston Churchill

“Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.” — Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”— John Kenneth Galbraith

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” — Henry Kissinger

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” — John Buchan

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The best is he who calls men to the best. And those who heed the call are also blessed. But worthless who call not, heed not, but rest.” — Hesiod, 8th Century BC Greek poet

“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.” — General Douglas MacArthur

“Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.” — Admiral James B. Stockdale

“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

“Men make history and 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 Truman

“Leadership is intentional influence.” — Michael McKinney

“All Leadership is influence.” — John C. Maxwell, Injoy, Inc.

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