- If your not an agent of change, your ate best a steward of something which is going to erode, and why would you want a job if all you’re going to do is perpetuate what previously existed?
- Leadership is an invisible strand as mysterious as it is powerful. It pulls and it bonds. It is a catalyst that creates unity out of disorder. Yet, it defies definition. No combination of talents can
guarantee it. No process of training can create it where the spark does not exist. The qualities of leadership are universal. They are found in the poor and the rich, the humble and the proud, the common
man, and the brilliant thinker; they are qualities that suggest paradox rather than pattern. But wherever they are found, leadership makes things happen. The most precious and intangible quality of
leadership is trust: the confidence that the one who leads will act in the best interest of those who follow, the assurance that he will serve the group without sacrificing the rights of the individual.
Leadership’s imperative is a ‘sense of rightness,’ knowing when to advance and when to pause, when to criticize and when to praise, how to encourage others to excel. From the leader’s reserves of energy
and optimism, his followers draw strength. In his determination and self-confidence, they find inspiration. In the highest sense, leadership is integrity. This command by conscience asserts itself more by
commitment and example than by directive. Integrity recognizes external obligation, but it heeds the quiet voice within, rather than the clamor without.
- A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others do. [Leroy Eims - Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be]
- It’s lonely at the top, so you better know why you are there. [John Maxwell]
- Leadership is the transference of vision. [Hal Reed]
- Leadership is knowing what to do next, why it is important, and how to bring appropriate resources required for success.
- Foresight is the ‘lead’ that the leader has. Once he loses this lead and events start to force his hand, he is leader in name only. He is not leading; he is reacting to immediate events and he probably
will not long be a leader. There are abundant current examples of loss of leadership which stems from a failure to foresee what reasonably could have been foreseen, and from failure to act on that
knowledge while the leader has freedom to act. [Robert K. Green leaf - The Servant as Leader]
- Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.
- If you can raise up leaders, you will always have followers, but if you can’t raise up leaders, you will only have followers. [John Maxwell]
- Leaders are pioneers. They are people who venture into unexplored territory. They guide us to new and often unfamiliar destinations. People who take the lead are the foot soldiers in the campaigns for
change ... the unique reason for having leaders - is to move us forward. Leaders get us going someplace. [Kouzes and Posner - The Leadership Challenge]
- Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under led. [Warren G. Bennis]
- When the leaders work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves.’ [Lao-Tsu]
- A leader who develops people adds; a leader who develops leaders multiplies. [John Maxwell]
- Leaders will not experience long-term success unless a lot of people want them to and are able to help them. [John Maxwell]
- Here lies a man who knew how to enlist the service of better men than himself. [Andrew Carnegie’s Tombstone]
- A leader lives with people to know their problems. A leader lives with God in order to solve them. [John Maxwell]
- There has always been a true elite of God’s leaders. They are the meek who inherit the earth (Mat. 5:5). They weep and pray in secret, and defy earth and hell in public. They tremble when faced with
danger, but die in their tracks sooner than turn back. They are like a shepherd defending his sheep or a mother protecting her young. They sacrifice without grumbling, give without calculation, suffer
without groaning. To those in their charge they say, ‘We live well if you do well." Their price is above riches. They are the salt of the earth. For the cause of the kingdom, we need more of them."
- A Godly leader ... finds strength by realizing his weakness
finds authority by being under authority
finds direction by laying down his plans
finds vision by seeing the needs of others
finds credibility by being an example
finds loyalty by expressing compassion
finds honor by being faithful
finds greatness by being a servant
- If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. [John Quincy Adams]
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