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We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Anais Nin
Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.
John Huston Finley
A great difference between winners and losers is their attitude to what they need to know. Losers feel it's someone else's job to teach them everything they need to know. Winners are determined to learn, and will seek out the best possible training, if necessary, completely on their own.
John Lawhon
The wealthy man is the man who is much, not the one who has much.
Karl Marx
Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power; knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Lao Tsu
No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.
Peter Drucker
Success is not a harbor; but a voyage with its own perils to the spirit. The game of life is to come up a winner, to be a success, or to achieve what we set out to do. The lesson that most of us on this voyage never learn, but can never quite forget, is that to win is sometimes to lose.
Richard M. Nixon
Our way of managing and leading, rewarding and judging people is totally out of tune with the fact that we are all individuals.
adapted from Howard Gartner
Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one's superiors; care for one's crews.
Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.
Alexander Hamilton
There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin
Each relationship you have with another person reflects the relationship you have with yourself.
Alice Deville
An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a
Arab Proverb
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an idea which takes the imagination by storm; and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that idea into action.
Arnold Toynbee
I had rather do and not promise, than promise and not do.
Arthur Warwick
Before you attempt to set things right, make sure you see things right.
Blaine Lee
Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.
It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese Proverb
Success is looking back five years and being embarrassed about the person you were before.
Christie Mason
You can't sweep other people off their feet if you can't be swept off your own.
Clarence Day
With vision only, you get no follow-through. With enforcers only, the vision is realized but leaves a lot of wreckage.
Colin Powell
Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.
Colin Powell
The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting in an above-average effort.
Colin Powell.
I divide the world into believers and infidels. What the infidels don't understand - and they far outnumber the believers - is that innovative practices combined with true empowerment produce phenomenal results.
Commandar D. Michael Abrashoff
The most important thing that a commander can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew.
Commander D. Michael Abrashoff
I daily examine myself on three points: In planning for others, have I failed in conscientiousness? In intercourse with friends, have I been insincere? And have I failed to practice what I have been taught?
Improving yourself is a lot more profitable than trying to improve others.
Dale Carnegie
All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for your self. It's what you do for others.
Danny Thomas
Do your work. Not just your work, do a little more, but that little is worth more than all the rest. And if you suffer, as you must, and if you doubt, as you must, do your work. Put your heart into it, and the sky will clear. Then out of your doubt and suffering will be born the supreme joy of life.
Dean Briggs
You are remembered for the rules you break.
Douglas MacArthur
Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
The proper question is not, 'How can people motivate others?' but rather, 'How can people create the conditions within which others will motivate themselves?'
Edward Deci
It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
Elbert Hubbard
Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his real self that can dare and do and win out.
Eleanor H. Porter
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
Father James Keller
We find comfort among those who agree with us--growth among those who don't.
Frank A. Clark
People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization.
Fred Fiedler
Problems are nothing but wake-up calls for creativity.
Gerhard Gschwandtner
Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can be and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.
People cannot be managed. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
H. Ross Perot
I always remember an epitaph in the cemetery at Tombstone, AZ. It says: Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest. I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have - when he gives everything that is in him to the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do.
Harry S. Truman
I learned that a great leader is someone who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it.
Harry Truman
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Henry David Thoreau
Think you can or think you can't, either way you will be right.
Henry Ford
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
Joel A. Barker
Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to get by.
Johann Friedrich Schiller
The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.
John Steinbeck
Boldness becomes rarer the higher the rank.
Karl von Clausewitz
You can only lead others where you yourself are willing to go.
Lachlan McLean
Leadership flows from the minds of followers more than from the titles of leaders, more from the perception of willing followers than from anointment.
Lane Secretan
The leader is a teacher who succeeds without taking credit. And, because credit is not taken, credit is received.
Lao Tzu, 6th Century BC
One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself
Leonardo da Vinci
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Linden Wood
The people who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
Lloyd Jones
There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order. This luke-warmness arises partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the law in their favor; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.
Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Mahatma Gandhi
You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.
Malcolm Forbes
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal.
Marilyn Ferguson
Success can only be measured in terms of distance traveled.
Mavis Galiant
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
Naguib Mahfouz
We must become what we wish to teach.
Nathaniel Branden
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Nelson Mandela
There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
Norman Vincent Peale
People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have discovered than by those which have come from the mind of others.
A painting is never finished; it simply stops in interesting places.
Paul Gardner
We get the leaders we create.
Peter Block
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
Peter Drucker
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Professor Dumbledore - J.K. Rowling
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
Ray Kroc
Always listen to the experts. They will tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.
Robert A. Heinlein
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Robert Schuller
You cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening your own.
The first key to greatness is to be in reality what we appear to be.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Stephan Covey
We tend to judge others by their behaviors and ourselves by our intentions.
Stephen Covey
Align people's passions with their priorities and you'll achieve performance.
Steve Brown
It is not the critic that counts. Nor the person who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is in the arena; whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood. The man who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again but who knows the great enthusiasms and devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause. The man, who, at best, know in the end the triumph of high achievement. And who, at worst, if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt
You cannot be a leader and ask others to follow you, unless you know how to follow too.
Those who achieve success are those who take a dream and make it come true.
If you lead through fear, you will have little to respect. If you lead through respect, you'll have little to fear.
Corruption and dishonesty seem to occur when the leader loses sight of the fact that he or she has been given power for one purpose -- to serve others.
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
Walt Disney
Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.
Warren G. Bennis
Great minds have purposes, other have wishes.
Washington Irving
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Winston Churchill