Some Leadership Quotes !!

Adlai Stevenson:
It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.

Albert Einstein:
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

Carl Sagan:
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

Dwight D. Eisenhower:
You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.

Edwin H. Friedman:
Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.

Faye Wattleton:
Whoever is providing leadership needs to be as fresh and thoughtful and reflective as possible to make the very best fight.

H. Ross Perot:
Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.

James Callaghan:
A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice.

James Kouzes and Barry Posner:
There's nothing more demoralizing than a leader who can't clearly articulate why we're doing what we're doing.

Jesse Jackson:
Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.

John Gardner:
Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts.

John Quincy Adams:
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

Kenneth Blanchard:
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

Margaret Chase Smith:
Leadership is not manifested by coercion, even against the resented. Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any measures.

Peter Drucker:
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say "I." And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say "I." They don't think "I." They think "we"; they think "team." They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but "we" gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.

Peter F. Drucker:
Leaders shouldn't attach moral significance to their ideas: Do that, and you can't compromise.

Ralph Nader:
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

Robert Greenleaf:
Good leaders must first become good servants.

Rosabeth Moss Kantor:
Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.

Rosalynn Carter:
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.

Theodore Hesburgh:
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.

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

Some leaders are born women.

Vince Lombardi:
Leaders aren't born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.

Walter Lippman:
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.

Warren Bennis:
The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.

Warren G. Bennis:
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -- that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

Winston Churchill:
The price of greatness is responsibility.

You Have Two Choices

Jerry is the manager of a restaurant. He is always in a good mood. When

someone would ask him how he was doing, he would always reply: 'If I

were any better, I would be twins!'

Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs when he changed

jobs, so they could follow him around from restaurant to restaurant Why?

Because Jerry was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad

day, Jerry was always there, telling him how to look on the positive

side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry

and asked him 'I don't get it! No one can be a positive person all of

the time. How do you do it?' Jerry replied, 'Each morning I wake up


say to myself, I have two choices today. I can choose to be in a good

mood or I can choose to be in a bad mood. I always choose to be in a

good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be victim or

I can choose to learn from it. I always choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their

complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I always

choose the positive side of life.'

'But it's not always that easy,' I protested. 'Yes it is,'

Jerry said.

'Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk every

situation is a choice.

You choose how you react to situations..

You choose how people will affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood..

It's your choice how you live your life.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry accidentally did something you

are never supposed to do in the restaurant business. He left the back

door of his restaurant open and then in the morning, he was robbed by

three armed men.

While Jerry trying to open the safe box, his hand, shaking from

nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot

him. Luckily, Jerry was found quickly and rushed to the hospital.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was

released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his


I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he

was, he replied, 'If I were any better, I'd be twins. Want to see my

scars?' I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone

through his mind as the robbery took place. 'The first thing that went

through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,' Jerry

replied. 'Then, after they shot me, as I lay on the floor, I remembered

that I had two choices: I could choose to live or could choose to die. I

chose to live.'

'Weren't you scared' I asked? Jerry continued, 'The paramedics


great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they

wheeled me into the Emergency Room and I saw the expression on the faces

of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared.

In their eyes, I read 'He's a dead man. I knew I needed to take


'What did you do?' I asked. 'Well, there was a big nurse shouting

questions at me,' said Jerry. 'She asked if I was allergic to


'Yes,' to bullets, I replied.

Over their laughter, I told them: 'I am choosing to live. Please operate

on me as if I am alive, not dead.' 'Jerry lived - thanks to the skill


his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude.

I learned from him that every day you have the choice to either enjoy

your life or to hate it. The only thing that is truly yours - that no

one can control or take from you is your attitude, so if you can take

care of that, everything else in life becomes much easier.

How to sell - Interesting one...

The Manager says: "Do you have any sales experience?"
The Indian says: "Sir, I was a salesman back home in India."
Well, the boss liked the Indian chappie so he gave him the job.
"You start tomorrow.. I'll come down after we close and see how you did."
His first day on the job was rough but he got through it.
After the store was locked up, the boss came down.
"How many sales did you make today?"
Rocket Sing says: "Sir, Just ONE sale."
The boss says: "Just one? No! No! No! You see here our sales people average 20 or 30 sales a day." If you want to keep this job, you'd better be doing better than just one sale. By the way, how much was the sale for?"
Rocket Sing says: " $101 237. 64"
Boss says: "$101 237. 64? What the hell did you sell?"
Rocket Sing says: "Sir, First I sell him small fishhook. Then I sell him medium fishhook. Then I sell him large fishhook. Then I sold him new fishing rod and some fishing gear. Then I ask him where he's going fishing and he said down on the coast, so I told him he'll be needing a boat, so we went down to the boating department and I sell him twin engine Chris Craft. Then he said he didn't think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to our automotive department and sell him that 4X4 Blazer. I then ask him where he'll be staying, and since he had no accommodation, I took him to camping department and sell him one of those new igloo 6 sleeper camper tents. Then the guy said, while we're at it, I should throw in about $100 worth
of groceries and two cases of beer.
The boss said: "You're not serious? A guy came in here to buy a fishhook and you sold him a boat, a 4X4 truck and a tent?"
Rocket Sing says: "No Sirji, actually he came in to buy Anacin for his headache, and I said: Well, fishing is the best way to relax your mind."

Shreedhar Bhat