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We call ourselves a “capacity building” organization; self-motivated and self-initiated capacity building. For example, in 30 years, I don’t think I have signed a check for the company.
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh - Employee - Motivational - Management - Companies - Leadership

Working in the context of ultra-famous brands like Dior and Vuitton, creative spirits are always going to feel reined in. It's important that they are free to develop ideas. And rather than detracting from the principal job, it reinforces it. I think of that money as venture capital. It's not a big investment.
Bernard Arnault - Creativity - Brand - Leadership - Freedom - Luxury - Research
- Ideas

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise.
Mary Kay Ash - Optimistic - Leadership

It was when I entered the military preparatory school and put on its uniform, that a feeling of strength came to me, as if I had become master of my own destiny.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - Strength - Leadership


If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway. But men do not need to be actually gathered together in a public meeting or in a street riot, to be subject to the influences of mass psychology. Because man is by nature gregarious he feels himself to be member of a herd, even when he is alone in his room with the curtains drawn.
Edward Bernays - Masses - Influence - Leaders - Psychology

We have voluntarily agreed to let an invisible government sift the data and high-spot the outstanding issues so that our field of choice shall be narrowed to practical proportions. From our leaders and the media they use to reach the public, we accept the evidence and the demarcation of issues bearing upon public questions; from some ethical teacher, be it a minister, a favorite essayist, or merely prevailing opinion, we accept a standardized code of social conduct to which we conform most of the time.
Edward Bernays - Government - Leaders - Ethics - Media - Social - Teacher

They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure. Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons.. a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million.. who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.
Edward Bernays - Government - Leaders - Social - Ideas - Business - Manipulation - Control - Mind

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair - Leadership - Decisions


Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.
Tony Blair - Leadership - Winning - Losing


In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people.. they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.
Ken Blanchard - Leadership - Partnership - Power

Too many leaders act as if the sheep.. their people.. are there for the benefit of the shepherd, not that the shepherd has responsibility for the sheep.
Ken Blanchard - Leadership - Responsibility

My job is a job to make decisions. I'm a decision.. if the job description were, what do you do.. it's decision maker.
George Bushism - Jobs - Decisions - Stupid - Leadership - President

As Americans, we want peace.. we work and sacrifice for peace. But there can be no peace if our security depends on the will and whims of a ruthless and aggressive dictator. I'm not willing to stake one American life on trusting Saddam Hussein.
George Bush -
War - America - Peace - Leadership

You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.. So long as I'm the dictator.
George Bush -
Politics - Leadership

Smart people instinctively understand the dangers of entrusting our future to self-serving leaders who use our institutions.. whether in the corporate or social sectors.. to advance their own interests.
Jim Collins - Smart - Society - Understanding - Leadership - Management

If we allow the celebrity rock-star model of leadership to triumph, we will see the decline of corporations and institutions of all types. The twentieth century was a century of greatness, but we face the very real prospect that the next century will see very few enduring great institutions.
Jim Collins - Management - Famous - Leadership - Great

Many business leaders today view their jobs as entailing responsibility for the welfare of the wider community. These individuals do not define themselves as profit-making machines whose only reason for existing is to satisfy escalating expectation for immediate gain.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Business Ethics
- Leadership - Business - Profits - Jobs - Responsibility

Executives
owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.
Peter Drucker - Leadership - Responsibility - Work - Management

Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.
Peter Drucker - Leadership - Strength - Management - Decisions

Some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I've worked with over a sixty-five-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses.
Peter Drucker - Leadership - Strength - Management

It's fascinating as we continue to innovate and lead the way in both the application space and the database space. In the very beginning, people said you couldn't make relational databases fast enough to be commercially viable. I thought we could, and we were the first to do it. But we took tremendous abuse until IBM said, "Oh yeah, this stuff is good."
Larry Ellison - Innovation - Leadership

If I think something's a waste of time or inappropriate I don't wait to point it out. I say it right away. It's real time. So you might hear me say 'That's the dumbest idea I have ever heard' many times during a meeting.
Bill Gates - Leadership - Opinions - Dumb - Ideas - Meeting

Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.
Rudy Giuliani - Goals - Leadership - Optimistic

There are many qualities that make a great leader. But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader.
Rudy Giuliani - Leadership - Belief - Challenges - Strength

Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do and how you do it.
Rudy Giuliani - Leadership - Freedom - Authority

The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Leadership - Partnership - Success


The company was quite hierarchical. I often think it was like a pyramid with Robert (husband Robert Holmes à Court) at the top and lots of us paying homage to him. I try to turn the pyramid upside down so that I'm at the bottom and bubbling away and encouraging people and energising them so that they are all empowered so that they can do what they need to do, now that's the dream.
Janet Holmes a Court - Encouragement - Leadership - Employees


I'm not a banner. I am an encourager and a persuader and an advocate.
John Howard - Encouragement - Leadership


To my mind, you cannot speak about the need for leadership within our communities without being prepared to take on responsibility yourself. It’s not enough to point the finger at those who have let us down and to expect others to come forward and fix our problems. Nor can anyone afford to call themselves a leader unless they truly have the interests of our community at heart. Too many people like to think they are leaders and too many are identified by the media as leaders who are not really leaders at all.
Jackie Huggins - Leadership - Responsibility - Problems - Media

We have reached a pivotal time in Indigenous affairs when for the first time, national attention is being paid to the horror of Indigenous family violence in this country.
For the first time, an Australian Prime Minister has held a summit in the national capital to listen to concerns and ideas on this issue from a group of Indigenous leaders.
Jackie Huggins - Human Rights - Australia - Politicians - Indigenous - Leadership


A great company in the media business needs visionary leaders, not a conglomerate structure headquartered in Columbus Circle that second guesses.
Carl Icahn - Companies - Leadership


I’m out talking about this company (General Electric) seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with nothing to hide. We’re a 130-year-old company that has a great record of high-quality leadership and a culture of integrity.
Jeffrey Immelt - CEO - Companies - Leadership
- Management - Integrity


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