Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Category: Leadership.

The repository contains 30 quotes in the category “Leadership.”
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He who does something at the head of one regiment will eclipse him who does nothing a the head of a hundred.

President Abraham Lincoln
1809 — 1865

As he wrote in his diary during the first night the White House was open, November 1, 1800:

Before I end my Letter I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.

President John Adams
1735 — 1826

Forgive your enemies, but remember their names.

President John F. Kennedy
1917 — 1963

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
1890 — 1969

He that cannot obey, cannot command.

Benjamin Franklin
1706 — 1790

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist. The problem is entirely the same in both cases: to know how much oil one must put with one’s vinegar.

Oscar Wilde
1854 — 1900

Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it; not hard enough and it flies away.

Tommy Lasorda
1927 —     

Authority forgets a dying king.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
1809 — 1892

Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton
1803 — 1873

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
1844 — 1900

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
1900 — 1944

A little caution outflanks a large cavalry.

Chancellor Otto von Bismarck
1815 — 1898

Abuse of power is the exercise of authority in a manner unpleasant to ourselves.

Ambrose Bierce
1842 — 1914?

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Lord Acton
1834 — 1902

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

564? — 483 B.C.

If you can’t lead yourself, you can’t lead others.

Rohn Everson

When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.

600? — 540? B.C.

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison; anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unneccessary tyranny.

Earl Bertrand Russell
1872 — 1970

It is a difficult task to be a leader when no one will follow you.


Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.

Bruce Springsteen
1949 —     

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