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If you treat staff as your equal, they'll roll their sleeves up to get the job done.
John Ilhan - Leadership - Job - Partnership


Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Jobs - Leadership - Innovation

If humanity has any hope of effecting real change for the better, it will not come from the Madison Avenue false reality makers who've cast Barack Obama as the savior of the world. To alter our course from tyranny to liberty, to defeat the corrupt elite, we must get past the puppets and confront the real power structure of the planet.
Alex Jones - Humanity - Change - Leadership
- Tyranny - Liberty - Elite - Corrupt - Power - World

The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space.
John F. Kennedy - Space - Adventure - Global - Leadership

A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That's where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It's having backbone.
Robert Kiyosaki - Truth - Fear - Leadership - Strength -

As an engineer, I understood that the natural world operated according to fixed laws. Through my studies, I came to realize that there were, likewise, laws that govern human wellbeing. It seemed to me that these laws are fundamental not only to the wellbeing of societies, but also to the miniature societies of organizations. Indeed, that is what we found when we began to apply these principles systematically at Koch Industries. Through our observation of how they could create prosperity in an organization, I began to systematize my beliefs into Market-Based Management®.
Charles Koch - Laws - Society - Companies - Management - Leadership

Being captive to quarterly earnings isn’t consistent with long-term value creation. This pressure and the short term focus of equity markets make it difficult for a public company to invest for long-term success, and tend to force company leaders to sacrifice long-term results to protect current earnings.
Charles Koch - Successful - Companies - Leadership - Earnings - Long Term Investing - Stocks

We have the best leaders and the most depth of leadership we’ve ever had. If I get hit by a truck, maybe it would get me out of the way and it would go better.
Charles Koch - Management - Leadership - Employee

We strive to hire and retain only those who embrace our MBM® Guiding Principles, which encompass integrity, compliance, value creation, Principled Entrepreneurship, customer focus, knowledge, change, humility, respect and fulfillment.
Charles Koch - Management - Leadership - Employee - Integrity - Customers - Respect

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
Ralph Lauren - Dreams - Leadership - Vision - Achievement - Inspirational - Power - Energy - Motivational - Conviction

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
Vince Lombardi - Determination - Leadership - Achievement - Goals - Hard Work

Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.
Vince Lombardi - Leadership - Skill - Truth - Power

Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.
Vince Lombardi - Leadership - Power - Inspirational - Spiritual

Many business leaders are asking fundamental questions about what business they’re in, why they are doing it and how it can be used as a means of healing human and natural communities.
Amory Lovins - Life - People
- Questions - Business Ethics - Leadership

Business social responsibility should not be coerced; it is a voluntary decision that the entrepreneurial leadership of every company must make on its own.
John Mackey - Business Ethics - Responsibility
- Leadership - Entrepreneurial - Companies

Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.
Nelson Mandela - Leadership - Management

When people can see which direction the leaders are going in it becomes easier to motivate them.
Lakshmi Mittal - Leadership - Motivational

To implement a true urban renaissance, you first need a Grand Design elaborated by strong leadership.
Minoru Mori - Leadership - Real Estate - Innovation
- Ambition

The buck stops with me, but I can tick off dozens of very good senior executives that are responsible for hundreds or thousands of people who work for me.
Rupert Murdoch - Management - Responsibility - Employee - Leadership

While we reduce our own carbon footprint we will encourage the companies who truck our DVDs and newspapers, sell us paper, and provide an enormous range of products and services.. to all contribute.
Rupert Murdoch - Global Warming - Carbon - Influential - Leadership - Companies - Encouragement


I have to admit that, until recently, I was somewhat wary of the (global) warming debate. I believe it is now our responsibility to take the lead on this issue.
Rupert Murdoch - Global Warming - Responsibility - Environmental - Leadership


A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
Ralph Nader - Leadership - Inspirational
- Achievement

We need to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation. We have lost our way. And it begins with inspiration. It begins with leadership.
Michelle Obama - USA - Change - Soul - Inspirational - Leadership

Barack, like any leader, is human. And, you know, our challenges in this country isn't finding the next person who's gonna deliver us from our own evil. Because our challenges are us. The challenges that this country faces is how are we as individuals in this society gonna change? What are we gonna do differently?
Michelle Obama - USA - Change - Politics - Leadership - Challenges - Society - Evil

He wasn't very lovable but he was bloody efficient. (Packer talking about Genghis Khan)
Kerry Packer - Leadership

Many leaders of big organizations, I think, don't believe that change is possible. But if you look at history, things do change, and if your business is static, you're likely to have issues.
Larry Page - Leaders - Big Business - Change - History - Flexible

When I hear bad news I look at it as another leadership test that will determine how successful Go Daddy will become. So I no longer dread it. Instead, I enjoy the game of finding the very best way to deal with it, and take great satisfaction in having a hand in resolving the issues that come my way.
Bob Parsons - Problems - Solutions - Leadership - Successful

We are now spending half a trillion dollars on foreign oil, importing 62 percent of the oil we use, and we haven’t had the leadership in D.C. to do anything about it. We've got to move to other sources of energy. But we’ve gotten way behind, and will continue to pay the fiddler. It’s not a good future.
T. Boone Pickens - Politicians - Money - Energy - Oil - Dollar - Washington - Leadership - USA

Successful enterprises are usually led by a proven chief executive who is a competent benevolent dictator.
Richard Pratt - Companies - Leadership - Management

Successful charitable fund-raising has much in common with managing a business: It requires leadership, persistence, and creativity.
David Rockefeller - Success - Charity - Leadership - Fund Raising - Philanthropy - Persistence - Creativity

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
John D. Rockefeller - Management - Work - Leadership

Since I'm fortunate enough to be neither hesitant nor indecisive, I've always made a point of consulting my partners and associates whenever a major decision has to be made. This is not to say that I have always been right!
Guy de Rothschild - Management -
Leadership - Decisions - Partnership - Hesitation - Indecisive

Although one never really knows what one's associates think of one deep down, I believe I was easy to work with, even though I have the reputation of being authoritative. Still, I've always delegated responsibility and authority to other; I've always listened to opposing views and suggestions with an open mind.
Guy de Rothschild - Management - Leadership - Delegate - Responsibility - Listening - Authority


Effective leaders share two intertwined attributes: an unbridled level of confidence about where their organizations are headed, and the ability to bring people along.
Howard Schultz - Leadership - Confidence - Employee

I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
Charles Schwab - Leadership - Encouragement - Appreciation


I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
Charles Schwab - Management - Leadership - Work

It doesn’t really matter what party you come from. I think the people appreciate that and they know that you’re working together, that you can provide the kind of leadership to bring both of the parties together, and do the kind of things that need to be done for the state.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Government - Leadership

We have to show leadership in protecting our environment so that we have a future for our children and grandchildren.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Environmental - Leadership - Family

Harry is my elder brother. He is the wiser one who leads Percept, he shows us the path. My job is to run it, create the relationships, and run the business as profitably as I can. Harry acquires, merges, expands he is responsible for Percept’s growth.
Shailendra Singh - Growth - Wise
- Leadership - Business - Profits - Relationships

Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.
Brian Tracy - Motivational - Learning - Knowledge - Leaders

One quality of leaders and high achievers in every area seems to be a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.

Brian Tracy - Achievement - Leadership - Commitment - Self Control

Your ability to negotiate, communicate, influence, and persuade others to do things is absolutely indispensable to everything you accomplish in life. The most effective men and women in every area are those who can quite competently organize the cooperation and assistance of other people toward the accomplishment of important goals and objectives.

Brian Tracy - Goals - Leadership - Achievement


Leaders are made, not born. You learn to become a leader by doing what other excellent leaders have done before you. You become proficient in your job or skill, and then you become proficient at understanding the motivations and behaviors of other people.
Brian Tracy - Learning - Leadership - Skill - Jobs - Motivational


It's always interesting to watch people who have been incredibly successful in their own businesses work in a group made up of equally strong personalities. It takes a special kind of leader who can effectively manage a team of veritable strangers and find the best way to get strong, winning performances from them.

Donald Trump - Success - Interesting - Leadership - Winning

Leaders are people who can discern the inevitable and act accordingly. When people talk about business acumen, discernment is a big part of it. It’s a bit like gut instinct, but a little more developed.
Donald Trump - Business - Leadership - Instinct


A leader leads by example not by force.
Sun Tzu - Leadership - Encouragement

The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
Sun Tzu - Leadership - Planning
- Winning - Battle - Fighting - Losing - Prepared

The expert in battle seeks his victory from strategic advantage and does not demand it from his men.
Sun Tzu - Leadership - Winning
- Battle - Victory - Strategy - Responsibility

If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders are clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.
Sun Tzu - Leadership - Management
- Blame - Understanding - Soldier - Fault

I learned early on that one of the secrets to campus leadership was the simplest thing of all: speak to people coming down the sidewalk before they speak to you. I did that in college. I did it when I carried my papers. I would always look ahead and speak to the person coming toward me. If I knew them, I would call them by name, but even if I didn’t I would still speak to them. Before long, I probably knew more students than anybody in the university, and they recognized me and considered me their friend.
Sam Walton - Learning - Secrets - Leadership - Speak - University

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
Sam Walton - Leadership - Belief - Encouragement


Some great people are leaders and others are more lucky, in the right place at the right time. I'd put myself in the latter category. But I'd never call myself a normal designer of anything.
Steve Wozniak - Great - Luck -
Leadership - Management



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