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March 2024
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Quotes of Note on How to Lead Others


The Toastmasters new program year begins next month! As new club leaders prepare to take on their roles and duties, consider these quotes on the nature, challenges, and value of leadership.


“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, American novelist


“The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”

—Padmasree Warrior, Indian American businessperson and technology executive


“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.”

—Warren Bennis, American author


“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt, United States first lady and social activist


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

—Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom


“It’s okay to admit what you don’t know. It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s more than okay to listen to the people you lead—in fact, it’s essential.”

—Mary Barra, American businessperson and CEO of General Motors


“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

—Nelson Mandela, former South African president and anti-apartheid hero


“Leadership is hard to define, and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.”

—Indra Nooyi, Indian American business executive and former chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo


“Humility is a great quality of leadership which derives respect and not just fear or hatred.”

—Yousef Munayyer, Palestinian American writer

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