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600 Powerful Quotes About Ineffective Leadership (2023)

1. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”


2. To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. —Andre Malraux


3.  A good change leader never thinks, "Why are these people acting so badly? They must be bad people. A change leader thinks, How can I set up a situation that brings out the good in these people? - Author: Chip Heath


4. “When you are too embarrassed to ask for help, that’s a little knock at your door saying “you’re insecure”!” -Jocko Willink


5. “To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness and not a threat to your position or authority” -Christine Caine


6.   “Your actions are too loud. I cannot hear what you’re saying”


7. “The outward expression of empathy is courtesy.” Stewart Butterfield


8. “We’d achieve more if we chase the dream instead of the competition. ”


9. “If you want something done right, let someone else do it. That’s what micromanagers believe.”


10. “Never be afraid to speak your mind on relevant issues; good leaders stand for relevance and they are never afraid to face the facts head on. Bad leaders see the problems, close their eyes and do something else!” 


11. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John Maxwell


12. “When you were made a leader you weren't given a crown, you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others.” - Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric


13. You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. —Ken Kesey


14. “The value of our lives is not determined by what we do for ourselves. The value of our lives is determined by what we do for others. ”


15. “Hearing is listening to what is said. Listening is hearing what isn’t said. ”


16.  Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. —Colin Powell


17. My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence. —General Montgomery


18. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Bob Marley


19. “No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.” Andrew Carnegie


20. “Micromanagers think they’re conducting a symphony, but they’re really just making noise.”


21. “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.”


22. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations – Peter Drucker


23. “A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other. ”


24. “From hero to zero: the Peter Principle in full effect.”


25. “Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title. ” – Robin S. Sharma


26. A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. —John Maxwell


27. “Pretty normal for a high-achiever to be shut out by superiors for various self-serving reasons. Keep achieving anyways.” 


28. “The best leaders are like tea bags – they don’t reveal their true strength until they’re in hot water.”


29. “A great leader is like a conductor, guiding the team to success with a symphony of strengths.”


30. “A good leader is like a compass, guiding the team towards a common goal.”


31. “The key to success is action.” Brian Tracy


32.     “Nothing will kill a great employee faster than watching you tolerate a bad one. ” -Perry Belcher


33. “The most serious failure of leadership is the failure to foresee. ” – Robert K. Greenleaf


34. “Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated.” ~ Fred Smith


35. “You don't necessarily need atomic bombs to destroy a nation. Politicians who value their pockets than the life of citizens always do that every day.” 


36. “There are good leaders who actively guide and bad leaders who actively misguide” – Shiv Khera


37. “I’m trying to be a nicer person, but everyone else is just so stupid.”


38. The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. –Dwight Eisenhower


39. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for somthing we love is called passion. ”


40. “The biggest concern of an organization should be when their most passionate people become quiet. ” -Tim McClure


41. “The Peter Principle: where mediocrity meets promotion.”


42. “Teamwork is important. It helps you blame someone else.”


43. “Entrepreneurial leadership requires the ability to move quickly when opportunity presents itself.” Brian Tracy


44. “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right thing.” ~ Warren Bennis


45.   “Without a plan, even the most brilliant business can get lost. You need to have goals, create milestones, and have a strategy to set yourself up for success. ” -Yogi Berra


46. “True leaders do not make choices with reference to the opinion of the majority. They make choices based on the opinion of the truth, and the truth can come from either the majority or the minority!” -Israelmore Ayivor


47. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. —General Colin Powell


48. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ” - Abraham Lincoln


49. “If the problems you have this year are the same problems you had last year, then you are not a leader. You are rather a problem on your own that must be solved.” 


50. There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. —Fuchan Yuan


51. “The wrong people in the right positions: a recipe for disaster.”


52. “Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” Eleanor Roosevelt


53. “Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it … Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.” David Ogilvy


54. “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.” Rosalynn Carter


55. “My 20 years of life went waste” Piyush Mishra comes crashing down on communists


56. “If micromanagement was a diet, it would be a crash diet that leaves you feeling weak and miserable.”


57.  Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. —General Dwight Eisenhower


58. “No one knows everything. But together, we know a whole lot. ”


59. “The best comedy comes from bad leadership.”


60. “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” Dwight D. Eisenhower


61. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” – General George S. Patton


62. “When leadership is a comedy of errors.”


63. “I believe to be a leader is to enable others to embrace a vision, initiative or assignment in a way that they feel a sense of purpose, ownership, personal engagement, and common cause. ”


64. The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. —Sir Winston Churchill


65. “The best leaders have a high consideration factor. They really care about their people” Brian Tracy


66. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. —Bill Gates


67.  Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker


68. “A good boss leads by example. A bad boss leads by fear.”


69. “Practice Golden Rule Management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed.” Brian Tracy


70. “A bad boss can turn a good job into a prison sentence.”


71. “When we tell people to do their jobs, we get workers. When we trust people to get the job done, we get leaders. ”


72. “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge. ”


73. “Managers do things right. · “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” ~ General George Patton · “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something ...


74. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton


75. “I’m not saying I’m Wonder Woman. I’m just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman in the same room.”


76. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.”


77. The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.  Leaders are made rather than born. —Warren Bennis


78. “Emotional intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80 percent of the “success” in our lives.” Joshua Freedman


79. “A bad boss is like a bad joke – you’ll hear it over and over again, and it never gets any funnier.”


80. “Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn’t come alive until the leader models it.”


81. “A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.”


82. “Bad bosses are like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re going to get, but it’s probably going to be disappointing.”


83. Leadership is about solving problems. The day employees stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure on leadership. ” – Colin Powell, Politician


84.     “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses. ”


85. “If you want to know what a bad boss looks like, just ask someone with a great resignation story.”


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


87. True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. —Bill Owens


88.  We [Israel people] always blame Moses, that he was our greatest leader and one of the most gifted people in the world. He brought us the moral code and so on, belief in one God, but then he was a bad navigator. He brought us to the only part of the Middle East without any gas, without any oil. - Author: Benjamin Netanyahu


89. “A boss who micromanages is like a coach who wants to get in the game. Leaders guide and support and then sit back to cheer from the sidelines. ”


90. “If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood, sweat, and tears. ”


91. “If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it – young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous – is changed by it.”


92. “I’m not arguing, I’m just passionately expressing my opinions.”


93. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” – Steve Jobs


94.   “Good players can’t overcome bad coaching. ”


95. “When the Peter Principle meets reality, the results are hilarious.”


96.  No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. —Abraham Lincoln


97. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou


98.  Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team. - Author: John C. Maxwell


99. Great leaders believe they work for their team. ” – Alexander den Heijer


100. “A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.”


101.     “Never follow a follower who is following someone who has fallen. It’s why the whole world is falling apart. ” -Suzy Kassem


102. “If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate.” Richard Branson


103. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy


104. A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. —Polybius


105.  Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis


106. “Bad leaders believe their team works for them. Great leaders believe they work for their team. ” – Alexander den Heijer


107. “A bad boss is like a storm – you’ll see it coming, but you can’t do anything about it.”


108. “There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak. ”


109.  Leadership is influence. —John C. Maxwell


110. “Scum just like cream settles at the top. ”


111. “Leadership is neither a rank nor a title. It is a choice. The choice to provide care and protection for those for whom we are responsible. ”


112. “A bad leader stays at the shore, even when the team is drowning in the ocean of work.”


113. “You need to develop _(Insert underperforming person here.)__”


114. “The laughter of employees is the sound of bad leadership.”


115. A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. —Douglas MacArthur


116. “A bad boss is like a bad haircut – it may look good at first, but you’ll regret it in the end.”


117. The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision. —Ken Blanchard


118. “Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr. 


119. “When personal agendas become more important than the team and the overarching mission’s success, performance suffers, and failure ensues” -Jocko Willink


120. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


121.  Nothing will undermine your effectiveness as a leader faster than a bad marriage. - Author: Michael Hyatt


122. “Great leaders are willing to sacrifice the numbers to save the people. Poor leaders sacrifice the people to save the numbers. ”


123. “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” Harvey Mackay


124. “Leadership is about solving problems. The day leaders stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure on leadership. ” -Colin Powell


125. “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” Jessica Jackley


126. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell


127. “Management is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels. Some monkeys are climbing up, some are climbing down. The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces. The monkeys on the bottom look up and see nothing but assholes.”


128. “The challenge of the unknown future is so much more exciting than the stories of the accomplished past. ”


129. “Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.” James Freeman Clark


130. “If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.”


131. A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. –George Patton


132. “Nothing will kill a great employee faster than watching you tolerate a bad one. ” -Perry Belcher


133. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” ~ General George Patton


134. If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. —Maya Angelou


135. “It’s better to have a great team than a team of greats. ”


136. It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. – Steve Jobs


137.  So what's with the crown?" Daphne asked


138. People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. - Thomas Sowell


139.     “A church leadership that cannot provide members with business ideas should stop demanding tithe from them. Plant greatness in the members and they pay greatly; Plant zero in them, and they pay in negatives!” -Israelmore Ayivor


140. “The three ‘C’s’ of leadership are consideration, caring, and courtesy. Be polite to everyone.” Brian Tracy


141. The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision – Helen Keller


142. “When they discover that their staff members are wiser than they are, bad managers become uneasy and stop listening to them”


143. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. —Theodore Roosevelt


144. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin


145. Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. —Chinese Proverb


146. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” John C. Maxwell


147. When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. —Napoleon Bonaparte


148. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu


149. You manage things; you lead people. —Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


150. “No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced. ” -David Attenborough


151. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


152. “You can tell a bully from a leader by how they treat people who disagree with them.” - Miles K. Davis, President of Linfield College 


153. “Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration — of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.” Lance Secretan


154. “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute. ”


155. “A bad boss is like a virus – they infect the entire workplace with negativity and toxicity.”


156. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell


157. “A good leader is someone who knows what he's bad at, and hires someone who's good at it to take care of it for him. ” - John Flanagan, The Battle for Skandia


158. “Effective leaders are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. ” -Stephen Covey


159. The bad leader is he who the people despise; the good leader is he who the people praise; the great leader is he who the people say, We did it ourselves" - Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization


160. “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.” Vince Lombardi


161.  A leader is simply one who leads, and a bad leader can lead an army into Hell. I want these boys to be heroic, brave and wise. - Author: Anonymous


162.  After all, if you have the majority of customers, then what you do becomes the standard. Your competitors have little choice but to follow. If you are the leader, then having a nonstandard infrastructure is a bad idea. Ultimately, it leads to extinction. - Author: Douglas Gwyn


163.     “True leaders do not make choices with reference to the opinion of the majority. They make choices based on the opinion of the truth, and the truth can come from either the majority or the minority!” -Israelmore Ayivor


164. “People who take a long view of their lives and careers always seem to make much better decisions about their time and activities than people who give very little thought to the future.” Brian Tracy


165. He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. —Solon


166.  If the leader is a good man he will be liked and if he's not, he won't, and if he is a good man and a bad leader then he is better off dead. - Author: Bernard Cornwell


167. “The leader’s Attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works. If her attitude is good, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the environment is easy to work in. But if her attitude is bad, the temperature is insufferable. ” - John C. Maxwell, The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization


168. “Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.” – John Naisbitt


169. “A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.” M.D. Arnold


170. “Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead.” Pete Hoekstra


171. “Say "no" to corruption; it does not fit you! Say "no" to bad leadership; you don't fit there. Say "no" to immorality; it will only fake you! Be bold to say "no" if that is what will take your breakfast away; you will get a sweeter lunch pack for compensation sooner.” 


172.  Never forget, organizational values start and end with you, the leader. Whether your example is good or bad, expect most employees to follow your lead. - Author: Mac Anderson


173. “Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.” Brian Tracy


174. Glass, china, and reputation, are easily crack'd, and never well mended. - Benjamin Franklin


175. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists; when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.” Lao Tzu


176. He who has great power should use it lightly. —Seneca


177. “If I am to choose between "sleeping" and "being part of a leadership that pursues irrelevant agenda", I will choose "sleeping". Chasing of irrelevant agenda by a leadership sect is what made Nelson Mandela to call it "Long Walk to Freedom!” 


178. Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led. —Ross Perot


179. “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right thing.” – Warren Bennis


180. “Words may inspire but only action creates change. ”


181. “True leaders do not make choices with reference to the opinion of the majority. They make choices based on the opinion of the truth and the truth can come from either the majority or the minority!” 


182.   “While some communities are chasing visions out, others are chasing one another away. While some leaders love breaking records, others love breaking constructed buildings. Good leaders deserve golden trophies while a gas cylinder is ok for the bad ones. ” -Israelmore Ayivor


183.   “To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness and not a threat to your position or authority” -Christine Caine


184. “Don’t show up to prove. Show up to improve. ”


185. “A bad leader is like a bad haircut – everyone can see it, but no one wants to talk about it.”


186. “I have a photographic memory, but I always forget to bring the film.”


187.   “Leadership is about solving problems. The day leaders stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure on leadership. ” -Colin Powell


188. “The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” Oprah Winfrey


189. “I’m not sure if I’m actually productive or just good at pretending to be busy.”


190. “I cannot believe what you say coz I can see what you do. ”


191. “A church leadership that cannot provide members with business ideas should stop demanding tithe from them. Plant greatness in the members and they pay greatly; Plant zero in them and they pay in negatives!” 


192.   “I cannot believe what you say coz I can see what you do. ”


193.  The bad leaders are the ones that push hard so they can gain, who brow beat us so that they can receive the benefit of our hard work, not so we can enjoy the success - Author: Simon Sinek


194. ‎“I always believe that... · ‎“Leadership is not a popularity...


195. “No matter how good you think you are as a leader, my goodness, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better – because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.”


196. The leader’s attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works. If her attitude is good, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the environment is easy to work in. But if her attitude is bad, the temperature is insufferable – John C. Maxwell


197. “Good leaders don’t tell people what to do; they give them capability and inspiration” -Jeffrey Immelt


198. “The really expert riders of horses let the horse know immediately who is in control, but then guide the horse with loose reins and seldom use the spurs.” Sandra Day O’Connor


199. Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. —John Zenger


200. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


201.  Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. —Brian Tracy


202. “There is a time to admire the grace and persuasive power of an influential idea, and a time to fear its hold over us. 


203. “The rise and fall of bad leaders: a comedic tragedy.”


204. “Management: making incompetence look easy.”


205. “Measure your impact in humanity, not in the likes, but the lives you touch; not in popularity, but in the people you serve. I found that my life got bigger when I stopped caring about what other people thought about me. You will find yours will too. Stay focused on what really matters. There will be times when your resolve to serve humanity will be tested. Be prepared. People will try to convince you that you should keep your empathy out of your career. Don’t accept this false premise.” Tim Cook


206. “The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance.”


207. “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” George Patton


208. “Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.” Diogenes of Sinope


209.  If an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball. If the appendage explodes, then the alien was probably made of antimatter. If not, then you can proceed to take it to your leader. - Author: Neil DeGrasse Tyson


210. It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. —Nelson Mandela


211. “One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process. ”


212. “Leadership is getting people to work for you when they are not obligated. ” ~ Fred Smith


213. “There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.” Klaus Balkenhol


214. “My boss is like a GPS that won’t shut up, even when you know where you’re going.”


215. “Leadership is not a popularity contest; it's about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.” - Robin S. Sharma, Lawyer, and Author


216. Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18


217. “As a leader, you should always start with where people are before you try to take them where you want them to go.” Jim Rohn


218.  No party is as bad as its leaders. - Author: Will Rogers


219.  I am a leader in the fight against the national energy tax proposal some Congressional leaders are advocating. I call this bad idea 'cap-and-tax' because of the damage it will do to jobs, manufacturing and our economy. - Author: Jim Sensenbrenner


220. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” Reverend Theodore Hesburgh


221. “There are no bad teams, only bad leaders. ” -Leif Babin


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


223. “If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.” Jim Rohn


224.  The Soviet Union at this time was being run by the Communists, a group of men fierce in their dedication to wearing hilariously bad suits. Their leader was Josef Stalin (Russian for "Joey Bananas") - Author: Dave Barry


225. “I don’t always have a sarcastic response, but when I do, I usually keep it to myself.”


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


227. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward.


228.  Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism. - Author: Rocky Anderson


229. “The difference between a good boss and a bad boss? A good boss is like a mentor, a bad boss is like a tormentor.”


230.   “Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they find a way to get it done. ” -Leif Babin


231. “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton


232.   “Overconfidence was risky in such a hostile environment, a mistake most often made by warriors who had never truly been tested. ” -Jocko Willink


233. “A bad boss is like a distant planet – you can see it from afar, but it’s better to stay far away.”


234. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. —Eleanor Roosevelt


235. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” Ronald Reagan


236. “A bad leader can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation. ”


237. ”Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. ” Peter Drucker


238. It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. —Latin Proverb


239. “From zero to CEO: the Peter Principle in action.”


240. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch


241. “I’m not weird, I’m a limited edition.”


242. “Respect is the key determinant of high-performance leadership. how much people respect you determines how well they perform.” Brian Tracy


243. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”


244. “If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings — and put compensation as a carrier behind it — you almost don’t have to manage them.” Jack Welch


245. “A true leader is someone who inspires others to be their best selves.”


246. “Be the leader you wish you had. ”


247.  A good leader takes care of those in their charge.  A bad leader takes charge of those in their care. - Author: Simon Sinek


248. The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn


249. “Overconfidence was risky in such a hostile environment, a mistake most often made by warriors who had never truly been tested. ” -Jocko Willink


250. “When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you. But when you compete against yourself, everyone wants to help you. ”


251. “When the blind lead the blind, the results are hilarious.”


252.  Bad leaders care about who is right. Good leaders care about what is right - Author: Simon Sinek


253. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” Bill George


254. “The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders, and continually develops them.” John Maxwell


255. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree


256. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln


257. “Don’t let your ego get too close to your position so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it. ” -Colin Powell


258.     “Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led. ”- Stephen Covey


259. “Leadership is about solving problems. The day employees stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or conclude you do not care. Either case is a failure on leadership.” -Colin Powell, Politician


260. “A true leader leads by example, not by force.”


261. “Leaders set high standards. refuse to tolerate mediocrity or poor performance.” Brian Tracy


262. “A leader without a title is better than a title without the ability to lead. ”


263. “Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.” – Malcolm Muggeridge


264.  Do not let a leader lead you on a bad path. - Author: Confucius


265. “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” Carl Jung


266. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. —Andrew Carnegie


267. “A bad boss is like a bad magician – they make your time disappear and your workload multiply.”


268. “If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing.” Brad Szollose


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


270.  If we're not ready for leadership or don't want to be the leader, then we need to focus on our followership skills that relate to a bad leader or select another leader that we think would do a better job than we would. - Author: Kurt Madden


271. “A bad boss is like a bad joke: you can’t help but laugh (or cry).”


272. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” Henry David Thoreau 


273. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. —Publilius Syrus


274. A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. —Stephen King


275. “Leadership is a choice. It is not a rank. ”


276. “I once saw my boss write an email, then edit it five times in two minutes. That’s micromanagement on steroids.”


277. “I’m not lazy, I’m energy-efficient.”


278. “Don’t give to get. Give to inspire others to give. ”


279. “Leaders never use the word failure. They look upon setbacks as learning experiences.” Brian Tracy


280. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” – Steve Jobs


281. “Your actions are too loud. I cannot hear what you’re saying”


282. “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” Warren Buffet


283. “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” Mary Tyler Moore 


284.   “Effective leaders are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. ” -Stephen Covey


285. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. ” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


286. “The difference between a leader and a micromanager? One inspires, the other perspires.”


287. ” · “The higher they climb, the harder they fall…and the 


288. “Greatness starts with a clear vision of the future. ”


289. “A leader’s job is not to do the work for others; it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done and to succeed beyond what they thought possible. ”


290. Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. —Harry S. Truman


291.  When the sun sets, life gets darker in the country; when a bad leader sinks, life gets brighter in the country! - Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan


292. “When the wrong person gets the right job: a recipe for laughs.”


293.  The bad leader is he who the people despise; the good leader is he who the people praise; the great leader is he who the people say, We did it ourselves - Author: Peter M. Senge


294. “...while some communities are chasing visions out, others are chasing one another away. ....while some leaders love breaking records, others love breaking constructed buildings. Good leaders deserve golden trophies while gas cylinder is o.k for the bad ones!” 


295. A leader is a dealer in hope. —Napoleon Bonaparte


296. “A bad leader is like a nightmare you can’t wake up from – they haunt you even when you’re not at work.”


297. I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn't. —Dee Dee Myers


298.  Education is the mother of leadership. —Wendell Willkie


299. “In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes.” ~ John Erskine


300. “When you delegate tasks, you create followers. When you delegate authority, you create leaders.” Craig Groeschel


301. Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. - George Patton


302. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. ” ~ General George Patton


303. To be effective you must not let your need to be right be more important than your need to find out what’s true. If you are too proud of what you know or of how good you are at something you will learn less, make inferior decisions, and fall short of your potential. - Ray Dalio, Principles: Life and Work


304. “Leadership is about solving problems. The day leaders stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost ...


305.   “Don’t let your ego get too close to your position so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it. ” -Colin Powell


306. He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle


307. “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.'” - Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple


308. “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


309. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. - Andrew Carnegie


310. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela


311. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


312. Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. —Peter Drucker


313. “The leader’s Attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works” – John C. Maxwell


314.  Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better. —Bill Bradley


315. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus – Martin Luther King


316. “I think I’m a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it’s authority that I respect.”


317. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it. - Andrew Carnegie


318. “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right thing. ” ~ Warren Bennis


319.   “When personal agendas become more important than the team and the overarching mission’s success, performance suffers, and failure ensues” -Jocko Willink


320.  The leader is always alone before bad fates. - Author: Charles De Gaulle


321. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better. ” ~ Steve Jobs


322. “Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they find a way to get it done. ” -Leif Babin


323. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”


324. “A bad boss is like a broken record – they keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again.”


325. “A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.” Brian Tracy


326. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. —Herbert Swope


327. Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. —Stephen Covey


328. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell


329. Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise – Woodrow Wilson


330.  Leaders need to have a ruthless commitment to resolving relational conflict regardless of how bad it feels. - Author: Bill Hybels


331. “The leader’s Attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works. If her attitude is good, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the environment is easy to work in. But if her attitude is bad, the temperature is insufferable.”


332. “The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better today. ”


333. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” General Dwight Eisenhower


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


335. “The true value of a leader is not measured by the work they do. A leader’s true value is measured by the work they inspire others to do. ”


336. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. Oprah Winfrey


337. “A bad boss is like a fish that stinks from the head down.”


338. “Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” Napoleon Hill


339.  Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. —John C. Maxwell


340. “From cubicle to corner office: a tragedy in the making.”


341. “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. ” ~ Colin Powell


342.  The good people of a nation always vote a bad leader as a president in Africa - Author: Aboagye Williamson De-graft


343. “Some people rise to the top, but only to sink like a stone.”


344. “The glue that holds all relationships together–including the relationship between the leader and the led–is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” Brian Tracy


345. “Bad leaders believe their team works for them. Great leaders believe they work for their team.” - Alexander den Heijer, Motivational Speaker


346. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”


347.  Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing. —Tom Peters


348. “Micromanagement is like a game of Jenga: one wrong move and everything falls apart.”


349. “That may all be true,” said the Scarecrow, “but I shall be very unhappy unless you give me brains.”


350.  If 'pleasing the people' is the only criterion (of a 'big' leader), then going to war or pretending to go to war or simulating outrage and bad mouthing states you can do nothing about, is the playbook for you. - Author: Khaled Ahmed


351. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” John Maxwell


352.  Convincing a leader of the value of front-line ideas alone is rarely enough for that person to overcome years of entrenched bad habits and to change his management style. - Author: Dean M. Schroeder


353. “Being a boss is easy…said no one who’s ever worked for a terrible one.”


354. “Being a good leader requires remembering that you’re there for a reason, and the reason certainly isn’t to have your way. High-integrity leaders not only welcome questioning and criticism – they insist on it.”


355. . . Inaction costs more than poor decisions. Opportunity is stolen by indecision. You'll be taken blind by it. Nobody cares 


356. “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”


357. “More is lost in indecision than wrong decision. Indecision is the thief of opportunity. It will steal you blind. ” -Marcus Tullius Cicero


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359.   “More is lost in indecision than wrong decision. Indecision is the thief of opportunity. It will steal you blind. ” -Marcus Tullius Cicero


360. “Without a plan, even the most brilliant business can get lost. You need to have goals, create milestones, and have a strategy to set yourself up for success. ” -Yogi Berra


361. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”


362. Don't get hung up on your views of how things "should" be because you will miss out on learnings how they really are. - Ray Dalio, Principles: Life and Work


363. To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. —Pat Riley


364. “If everything goes right, we get a good experience. If everything goes wrong, we get a good story. ”


365. “Micromanagers believe that if they’re not constantly breathing down your neck, you’ll stop working altogether.”


366. “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” Brian Tracy


367. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”


368. Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. —Eleanor Roosevelt


369. “While some communities are chasing visions out, others are chasing one another away. While some leaders love breaking records, others love breaking constructed buildings. Good leaders deserve golden trophies while a gas cylinder is ok for the bad ones. ” -Israelmore Ayivor


370. “I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining why I’m right.”


371. “The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!'”


372.  Never give an order that can't be obeyed. —General Douglas MacArthur


373.  Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. —Stephen Covey


374. “We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” Peter Drucker


375. “Listening is not understanding the words of the question asked, listening is understanding why the question was asked in the first place. ”


376. You manage things; you lead people. - Grace Hopper


377. A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. —Ovid


378. “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”


379. “Micromanagers have a black belt in breathing down your neck.”


380. ”Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. ” Harry S. Truman


381.  Two main definitions of a true leader; His presence is noticed and his absence is felt. . . ! - Author: Israelmore Ayivor


382. “A good leader is like a coach – they push you to be your best and celebrate your wins.”


383. What you do has far greater impact than what you say. —Stephen Covey


384. Without a plan, even the most brilliant business can get lost. You need to have goals, create milestones, and have a strategy to set yourself up for success. -Yogi Berra


385. “Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention, and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.” Edward de Bono


386. “It only takes one person to mobilize a community and inspire change. Even if you don’t feel like you have it in you, it’s in you. You have to believe in yourself. People will see your vision and passion and follow you.” Teyonah Parris


387. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~ General Dwight Eisenhower


388.  The best thing you can give as a leader is a reason to trust. People want to trust. They're hungry for it. But they're selective. They'll only give it to a motivator, a communicator, a teacher, a real person. Someone who in good times and bad always does the right thing. - Author: Jeffrey R. Immelt


389. 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


390.  Few sciences are as rooted in shame, infamy, and bad PR as human anatomy. The troubles began in Alexandrian Egypt, circa 300 B. C. King Ptolemy I was the first leader to deem it a-okay for medical types to cut open the dead for the purpose of figuring out how bodies work. - Author: Mary Roach


391. “Earn your leadership every day.” Michael Jordan


392. Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. —Donald Rumsfeld


393. “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” Jim Rohn 


394. “Ego clouds and disrupts everything. ” -Leif Babin


395. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet. —Reverend Theodore Hesburgh


396. “Bad leaders care about who is right. Good leaders care about what is right. ”


397. “Great and pure thoughts cannot be deposited in minds accumulated with rubbish. ” -Michael Bassey Johnson


398. So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. —Peter Drucker


399. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower -Steve Jobs


400. “The hardest part is starting. Once you get that out of the way, you’ll find the rest of the journey much easier. ”


401. “A bad leader is like a puzzle with missing pieces – they can never put everything together.”


402. “A bad leader is like a clock that’s always slow – they’re never on time and everyone’s always waiting.”


403. “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” Arnold Glasow


404. “I’m not bossy, I’m just better at telling other people what to do.”


405. “Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led. ”- Stephen Covey


406. “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” W. Clement Stone


407. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia


408.  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. —Vince Lombardi


409.  This aesthetic quality, then, is what politics is all about. It's authenticity that separates winners from losers, good politics from bad, and he-man leader-types from consultant-directed puppet-boys. - Author: Thomas Frank


410.     “A bad leader can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation. ”


411.  You have to remain cool under fire and let criticism roll off you. Good leaders handle conflict easily and bad ones are eaten up by it. - Author: Donald Trump


412. “A leader is a dealer in hope.”


413. “Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” Orrin Woodward


414. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. ” ~ General Dwight Eisenhower


415. “A bad leader is like a bad comedian – their jokes are stale, and nobody’s laughing.”


416. “Progress is more important than perfection. ”


417. “Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” – Lewis Grizzard


418. “The key responsibility of leadership is to think about the future. No one else can do it for you.” Brian Tracy


419. “Customers will never love a company until its employees love it first. ”


420. The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. —Harvey Firestone


421. “Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.”


422. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”- Coco Chanel


423. “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses. ”


424.  An individual school can handle a resident idiot from time to time, but an entire school system is only as good as its weakest leader. - Author: Tucker Elliot


425. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Warren Bennis


426. “A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.” Simon Sinek


427. “I used to think my boss was a clown. Now I realize they’re the entire circus.”


428. You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership. –Dwight Eisenhower


429. “Never follow a follower who is following someone who has fallen. Its why the whole world is falling apart.” 


430. If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing. —Benjamin Franklin


431. “Great leaders are most wanted. They are most wanted for what they do with their gifts and talents. Their dreams are so unique in such a way that their presence becomes a source of hope and courage for others to thread on along. Why won't they look for them?” 


432.   “Genuine leaders lead by encouraging, not instilling fear in their fellow workers. ”


433. “To me, a leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes. And so what I think is really important is sustainability.”


434. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


435. “A culture is strong when people work with each other, for each other. A culture is weak when people work against each other, for themselves. ”


436. “Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it.” Marillyn Hewson


437. “Don’t be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.” General Colin Powell


438. “Ineptitude at its finest: when bad leaders rise to the top.”


439. “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. ’” – Steve Jobs


440. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


441. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates


442. “When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.'”


443. “Promoting the incompetent: the ultimate comedy of errors.”


444. “Leaders are innovative, entrepreneurial, and future-oriented. They focus on getting the job done.” Brian Tracy


445. “Great leaders must have two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate that vision clearly. ”


446. “Vision is a destination – a fixed point to which we focus all effort. Strategy is a route – an adaptable path to get us where we want to go. ”


447.   “When you are too embarrassed to ask for help, that’s a little knock at your door saying “you’re insecure”!” -Jocko Willink


448. “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.” Ken Blanchard


449. “A man’s gotta make at least one bet a day, else he could be walking around lucky and never know It.” -Jim Jones


450. “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” Tom Peters


451. “Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led.” Ross Perot


452. “Working for an overbearing leader is like being stuck in a Groundhog Day loop of criticism and control.”


453. People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. —John Maxwell


454. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” ~ John Maxwell


455. “Happy employees ensure happy customers. And happy customers ensure happy shareholders – in that order. ”


456. “There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or influence. Those who lead inspire us. ”


457.  Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. —John F. Kennedy


458. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” ~ Steve Jobs


459. “Learning is not a one-time event or a periodic luxury. Great leaders in great companies recognize that the ability to constantly learn, innovate, and improve is vital to their success.” Amy Edmondson


460. “You can tell a bully from a leader by how they treat people who disagree with them. ” – Miles K. Davis


461.  When we're trying to decide whether a leader is a good leader or a bad one, the question to ask is: 'Is he with the Ten Commandments or is he against them?' Then you can determine if the leader is a true messiah or another Stalin. - Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer


462. “Being a leader is making the people you love hate you a little more each day.” Patrick Ness


463. “When the blind lead the blind, it’s called management.”


464. “I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not sure.”


465. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” 


466. “The higher they climb, the harder they fall…and the funnier it is.”


467. “Genuine leaders lead by encouraging, not instilling fear in their fellow workers. ”


468. “Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.”


469. Great people have both great character and great capabilities. - Ray Dalio, Principles: Life and Work


470. “First get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats, and then figure out where to drive.” ~ Jim Collins


471. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”


472. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. —General George Patton


473. 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. —Rosalynn Carter


474.  He really was a very bad leader in that respect - and it was why his Arrows gave him their unswerving dedication. All of them rejects from the world, from their families. No one else had ever come for them, ever would. Silence or not, it mattered that Aden would. - Author: Nalini Singh


475. “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasow


476. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”


477. Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity. - Reed Markham


478.  A leader's job is to develop committed followers. Bad leaders destroy their followers' sense of commitment. - Author: Dean Smith


479. “Micromanagement is like trying to catch a fish with your bare hands: it might work occasionally, but it’s not sustainable.”


480. “If only micromanaging was an Olympic sport, our boss would win gold.”


481. “The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis.” Brian Tracy


482.  Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. —Norman Schwarzkopf


483. A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. —John Maxwell


484. To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult. —Friedrich Nietzsche


485. “The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.” Bill Taylor


486. “A bad boss is like a bad ex – you can’t change them, but you can change your job.”


487. “Micromanagement is like trying to control a wildfire with a water pistol.”


488. “A church leadership that cannot provide members with business ideas should stop demanding tithe from them. Plant greatness in the members and they pay greatly; Plant zero in them, and they pay in negatives!” -Israelmore Ayivor


489. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” Bill Bradley


490. “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” –Benjamin Disraeli


491. “Don’t be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it.” Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense


492. “Leadership skills? What leadership skills?”


493. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” Albert Schweitzer


494. “Scum just like cream settles at the top”


495. “A good leader is someone who knows what he's bad at, and hires someone who's good at it to take care of it for him.”


496. We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. —Marco Rubio


497. “A bad boss is like a bad dream – you wake up hoping it was just a nightmare, but unfortunately, it’s your reality.”


498. “The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.”


499. . . Have a favorite bad leadership quote I missed?


500. The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. . - George Bernard Shaw


501. “If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” John C. Maxwell


502. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” Stephen Covey


503. “A bad leader is like a cat trying to herd sheep – it just doesn’t work.”


504. “America isn’t Congress. America isn’t Washington. America is the striving immigrant who starts a business, or the mom who works two low-wage jobs to give her kid a better life. America is the union leader and the CEO who put aside their differences to make the economy stronger.”


505. “Overbearing leaders are like a dark cloud that follows you everywhere you go.”


506.  Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts. —Erskine Bowles


507. “Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.” – John Naisbitt


508. “Working for a micromanager is like trying to solve a puzzle with someone who keeps rearranging the pieces.”


509. “One of the most deadly causes of destruction of divine destinies is when a leader is failing, but he or she does not know it. Ignorance about your role is a death plot against people's successes.” 


510.  A good leader is someone who knows what he's bad at, and hires someone who's good at it to take care of it for him. - Author: John Flanagan


511. “Bad leaders care about who is right. Good leaders care about what is right.'” - Simon Sinek, Author, and Motivational Speaker


512. “Never follow a follower who is following someone who has fallen. It’s why the whole world is falling apart. ” -Suzy Kassem


513. “Leadership is an individual sport, one that has to be fine-tuned to each of the people that reports to you. Leaders also need to provide the direction, energy, encouragement and inspiration for each person who reports directly to the leader as well as for the overall organization.”


514. “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.” ~ Colin Powell


515. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” Stephen Covey


516. “Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.” Brian Tracy


517. ” “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we 


518. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. ” – Andrew Carnegie


519. “You don't necessarily need atomic bombs to destroy a nation. · “Great and pure thoughts cannot be deposited in minds accumulated with rubbish.” · “True leaders ...


520. “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” Ronald Reagan


521. “Stay connected to feel empathy, compassion, and understanding for yourself and others.” Vanessa Tucker


522. “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


523. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. ” ~ John Maxwell


524. “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it. ”


525. “The effective leader recognizes that they are more dependent on their people than they are on them. Walk softly.” Brian Tracy


526. “Martin Luther King gave the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, not the ‘I Have a Plan’ speech. ”


527. “Promotion: when the joke’s on you.”


528. “Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start. ”


529. I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? —Benjamin Disraeli


530.  Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. —Woodrow Wilson


531. “A strong secure leader accepts blame and gives credit. A weak insecure leader gives blame and takes credit.” - John Wooden, Basketball Coach


532.     “Great and pure thoughts cannot be deposited in minds accumulated with rubbish. ” -Michael Bassey Johnson


533. If you aren’t willing to be mocked, you’ll never be able to lead. Naval Ravikant


534. “Bad managers don’t listen to their employees because it makes them feel insecure when they find that employees are smarter than themselves. ”


535. A good leader is someone who knows what he’s bad at, and hires someone who’s good at it to take care of it for him – John Flanagan, The Battle for Skandia


536. “Micromanagers don’t have a monopoly on nitpicking, but they’re the reigning champs.”


537.  Poor leaders sacrifice the people to save the numbers. - Simon Sinek ...


538. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”


539. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead


540. “First get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats, and then figure out where to drive. ” ~ Jim Collins


541. “Micromanagers are like helicopter parents, but for adults.”


542. Whatever you are, be a good one. —Abraham Lincoln


543. “Great leaders don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human. ”


544. If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants. - Isaac Newton


545. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. —Max Lucado


546. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.”


547.     “Bad managers don’t listen to their employees because it makes them feel insecure when they find that employees are smarter than themselves. ”


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


549. “Fight against something and you focus on the thing you hate. Fight for something and you focus on the thing you love. ”


550. “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”


551. “A bad leader is like a bad hair day – it’s best to avoid them altogether.”


552. “I’m not great at giving advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?”


553. “Good players can’t overcome bad coaching. ”


554. “Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do. Life is beautiful because of the people we meet. ”


555. “Leadership is not a license to do less. Leadership is a responsibility to do more. ”


556. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.” Reed Markham


557. It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. - Steve Jobs


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


559.   “There are no bad teams, only bad leaders. ” -Leif Babin


560. “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


561. “If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” Bruce Lee


562. “The most serious failure of leadership is the failure to foresee.” - Robert K. Greenleaf, Founder of the Modern Servant Leadership Movement


563. A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. —John J Pershing


564. “Leadership is not about you. It's about investing in the growth of others.'” - Ken Blanchard, Author and Business Consultant 


565. Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. —Brian Tracy


566. “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”


567. “Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.”


568. “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.”


569. Earn your leadership every day. –Michael Jordan


570.  Bosses and leaders everywhere should cherish the people who bring them bad news, disappointing data or hard problems. - Author: Margaret Heffernan


571. “One of the most deadly causes of destruction of divine destinies is when a leader is failing, but he or she does not know it. Ignorance about your role is a ...


572. “A bad boss is like a traffic jam – frustrating, slow-moving, and impossible to escape.”


573. You don’t need a title to be a leader. –Multiple Attributions


574. All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. —John Kenneth Galbraith


575.  The leader's Attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works. If her attitude is good, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the environment is easy to work in. But if her attitude is bad, the temperature is insufferable. - Author: John C. Maxwell


576.   “Good leaders don’t tell people what to do; they give them capability and inspiration” -Jeffrey Immelt


577. “Overbearing leaders have a knack for making their employees feel like they’re playing a game of Whac-A-Mole.”


578. “You are authentic when everything you say and everything you do you ACTUALLY believe. ”


579. “The bad leaders are the ones that push hard so they can gain, who brow beat us so that they can receive the benefit of our hard work, not so we can enjoy the success.”


580. “Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” Oprah Winfrey


581. “The worst part about working for a micromanager is that they think they’re helping you, when they’re really just hindering you.”


582. The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. —Eric Hoffer


583. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. —Arnold Glasow


584. Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power. - Seth Berkeley


585. “Superior leaders are willing to admit a mistake and cut their losses. Be willing to admit that you’ve changed your mind. Don’t persist when the original decision turns out to be a poor one.” Brian Tracy


586. “A good leader takes care of their team, even if it means staying up late and losing some sleep.”


587. “Always choose the future over the past. What do we do now?” Brain Tracy


588. “Putting yourself first is not selfish. Quite the opposite. You must put your happiness and health first before you can be of help to anyone else. ”


589.   “Ego clouds and disrupts everything. ” -Leif Babin


590. “A bad leader can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation. ”


591.  Everything that is bad, the falling sickness - God save the mark - or the like, should be at its worst at the full moon. I suppose because it is the leader of the stars. - Author: Lady Gregory


592. “A bad boss is like a terrible coach – they’re more interested in winning at all costs than developing their team.”


593. “The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.” Brian Tracy


594.   “Scum just like cream settles at the top. ”


595. “Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team. ” – John C. Maxwell


596. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” William Falkner


597. “Don’t confuse actions of a ruler as the nature of his people.” 


598.   “The biggest concern of an organization should be when their most passionate people become quiet. ” -Tim McClure


599. “When you delegate work to a member of the team, your job is to clearly frame success and describe the objectives.” Steven Sinofsky


600. A leader might never anticipate failure, but knowing that it can happen 


601. “Leadership is not something that is done to people, like fixing your teeth. Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” Bill Bradley


602. “As a leader, you must consistently drive effective communication. Meetings must be deliberate and intentional – your organizational rhythm should value purpose over habit and effectiveness over efficiency.”


603. “Great and pure thoughts cannot be deposited in minds accumulated with rubbish.” 


604. “Always plan for the fact that no plan ever goes according to plan. ”


605. “A bad leader is like a broken pencil – pointless.”


606. “I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy, and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics. ” – Barack Obama


607. “Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.” Warren G. Bennis


608. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch


609.  Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day. —Jesse Jackson


610. Leaders think and talk about solutions; they don’t think and talk about problems – Paul J Meyer


611. “I never forget a face, but in your case, I’ll make an exception.”


612. My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. –Unknown


613. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: 


614. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe. ”


615. I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be. —Warren Bennis


616. A leader's job is not to do the work for others, it's to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible. - Simon Sinek


617. “No one is going to make you a leader. Take the reins, create your own opportunity, and build the career that you deserve.” Devin Bramhall


618. “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”


619.   “No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced. ” -David Attenborough


620. Great leaders are willing to sacrifice the numbers to save the people. Poor leaders sacrifice the people to save the numbers. - Simon Sinek


621. “The best way to deal with a micromanager is to agree with everything they say, then do the opposite.”


622. “When you are too embarrassed to ask for help, that’s a little knock at your door saying “you’re insecure!”” – Jocko Willink


623. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. —Thomas Jefferson


624. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” Brian Tracy


625. “A bad leader is like a GPS that keeps sending you in circles – you never get anywhere.”


626.  An institution that suffers from a plethora of leaders is surely in a bad way. - Author: Mahatma Gandhi


627. “In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes. ” ~ John Erskine


628. “No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.”


629. “A small team, committed to a cause bigger than themselves, can achieve absolutely anything. ”


630. “...21st century leaders use their brain cells more than their muscle tissues!” 


631. “I can’t be an adult today, I need a nap.”


632. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. ” - Martin Luther King

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