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Leaders on Leadership


Leadership—the concept has been defined, debated, dissected, celebrated and enacted by humans around the world for thousands of years. Leadership is an act that can be defined in a variety of words, yet it is a concept that reflects a world of common ideas and values, as the quotes below reveal.


“People are more willing to follow a leader who knows where he is going.”
— RALPH C. SMEDLEY

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
— TONY BLAIR

“Leadership is all about emotional intelligence. Management is taught, while leadership is experienced.”
— RAJEEV SURI

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”
— PAULO COELHO

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”
— PETER F. DRUCKER

“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”
— SETH GODIN

“Leadership is a matter of how to be—not how to do it.”
— FRANCES HESSELBEIN

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”
— JAPANESE PROVERB

“One must be convinced to convince, to have the enthusiasm to stimulate others.”
— STEFAN ZWEIG

“I believe in a quiet, strong and grounded leadership. I think some of the best leaders are those whose work is widely known and respected but who, themselves, are relatively unknown.”
— RACHAEL CHONG

“Only the (one) who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”
— JEAN-PAUL SARTRE

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
— NELSON MANDELA



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