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800 Powerful Quotes About Leadership And Governance (2023)

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


2. “Great leaders always strive for good governance.”


3. “The ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people.”


4. “True democratic governance is doing what your people want, not just what you want for your people.”


5. “Get healthy, get strong, get educated and informed, and start contributing to your own governance.”


6. “Given the right circumstances, from no more than dreams, determination, and the liberty to try, quite ordinary people consistently do extraordinary things.”


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


8. “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


9. “A ‘no’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.” – and “You must be the change you wish to see in the world. . .” – Mahatma Gandhi


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


11. “In a democracy, people get the government they deserve. However a twist, more than people, it is the opposition.”


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


13. “Leadership consists of picking good men and helping them do their best.”


14. “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln


15. “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


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


17. “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.”


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


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


20. “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.”


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


22. “The only reason equality in a trade economy is considered a virtue is to allow rule by right of virtue for the fraternity, the libertarian ideal of meritocracy.”


23. “What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.”


24. “Like many types of criminals who may often be a product of ills that exist in their society, racists are often products of similar ills – they are the uninformed hand pulling a trigger of a gun handed down to them by a vicious system of indoctrination.”


25. “I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State.”


26. “There should be only one political ideology and that is good governance.”


27. Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong. -Wangari Maathai


28. “Today i will do what others won't so tomorrow i can do what others can’t.”


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


30. “Self-governance does not mean no one is responsible. It means everyone is.”


31. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”


32. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?”


33. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”


34. “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


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


36. 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


37. …While there are obviously certain limitations to a study with such a regional breadth, these restrictions do not inhibit the worth or originality of this work as a whole–this investigation cannot claim to provide definitive answers but offers an alternative way of looking at the existing perceptions and perspectives of late-medieval English politics and governance (p. 22).


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


39. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.


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


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


42. “Taking care of your employees is extremely important and very, very visible.” - Larry Ellison, Founder of Oracle


43. “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.


44. “If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.”


45. “To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader's work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!”


46. Does talent management drive share price performance?


47. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."


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


49. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”


50. ”Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”


51. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done."


52. “Every few years, we exercise our right to select our own tormentors & oppressors. That is democracy my friend.”


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


54. Champions keep playing until they get it right. -Billie Jean King


55. “...between 1957 and 1990 there were more than 150 African heads of state and only six relinquished power voluntarily.”


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


57. “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


58. “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” – Albert Einstein


59. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”


60. “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


61. “Governance is corrupted when political power is used to gain wealth and when wealth is used to gain political power.”


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


63. “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.”


64. “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


65. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. It's the place I got a deep, deep affection for. - Author: Michael B. Jordan


66. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”


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68. “The activity you’re most avoiding contains your biggest opportunity.”


69. 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


70. “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.”


71. Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. -Elizabeth Gilbert


72. “With kids, they don’t do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Organizations don’t necessarily, either. You’ve got to listen. You’ve got to learn how to influence.”


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


74. “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”


75. “The time is always right to do right” – Nelson Mandela


76. “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


77. “Where there is society, there is no need for charity.”


78. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.“


79. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”


80. “We are a country that could not keep the Jinnah’s vision for equal rights, privileges, and obligations; could not stop voilence towards minorities; could not win a war against vast racial disparities, retrograde enemy; cannot conquer a disease of corruption and bad governance; and cannot bring itself to trust the government.”


81. “If people don't take politics seriously, then they deserve the jokers that rule over them.”


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


83. “Business is boss, politics is servant.”


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


85. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”


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


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


88. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”


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


90. “Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do.”


91. “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”


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


93. “The selection of case studies:


94. “Feeding people half-truths or bullshit to make them feel better (which is almost always about making ourselves feel more comfortable) is unkind.”


95. “When 99% of people doubt your idea, you’re either gravely wrong or about to make history.”


96. “We were all ready to die for the country but what we did not discover was we have to live for the country.”


97. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”


98. “This trip was not about running for president. This trip was preparing to BE president.”


99. “Cynicism and sarcasm are bad in person, and even worse when they travel through email and text.”


100. “Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.”


101. “I’m a maniacal perfectionist. And if I weren’t, I wouldn’t have this company.”


102. “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.”


103. “One can … get trapped in one's own intellectual web.”


104. “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


105. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”


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


107. …This topic [Arbitration] is inseparable from the wider consideration of justice, and law and order, and these aspects could be the subject of substantial research in themselves; hence the remit of this study is specifically limited to questions of politics and governance. Arbitration of disputes may indicate a magnate’s influence and local standing, but this is, of course, not the only way in which to ascertain a magnate’s power in the localities: consideration of his estates, offices, and clientele reveals the extent to which his lordship pervaded local society (p. 8).”


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


109. “It’s okay to admit what you don’t know. It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s more than okay to listen to the people you lead – in fact, it’s essential.”


110. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”


111. “Without being willing to fail and continually get back up again, I would never have been able to find the right market and establish my product within it."


112. “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.”


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


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


115. “If the parents rebuke the daughter for her mistakes, it's called 'governance', but if a husband rebukes his wife for her mistakes, then it's called 'violence against women'. Why? The parents scold the daughter for her safety; similarly the husband scolds his wife for her welfare, right?”


116. “Difficult times disrupt your conventional ways of thinking and push you to forge better habits of thought, performance and being.”


117. “In brief, we govern by a mixture of lying and bullying.”


118. 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


119. “Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.”


120. “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


121. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”


122. “Power is the ability to direct or privent the current or future actions of other groups and individuals.”


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


124. “Who you are surrounded by often determines who you become.”


125. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”


126. “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu


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


128. “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.”


129. “For our society to be better, we must revive our conscience and do Godly things.”


130. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.”


131. “Within this historic and optimistic future in mind, I have made no value judgment of the destiny bestowed on each nation. For all this, however, leadership matters; so do the institutional structures and the system of political governance.”


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


133. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”


134. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that count."


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


136. “The existence of any social construct hinges on the survival of its constituents and maintenance of law and order. In peace, it thrives.”


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


138. “KBC Verzekeringen is proud to join the community of signatory companies. Supporting the transition towards a sustainable world, is part of KBC Verzekeringen corporate responsibility. We help to tackle the environmental, social and governance challenges of our clients and our society. This role is part of the strategy of KBC Verzekeringen, and in that way acknowldges its importance,”


139. “I always bring my core values to feedback conversations. I specifically bring courage, which means that I don’t choose comfort over being respectful and honest—choosing politeness over respect is not respectful.”


140. 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


141. “He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly."


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


143. “It turns out that trust is in fact earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.”


144. I decided I can't pay a person to rewind time, so I may as well get over it. -Serena Williams


145. “Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.”


146. “It is no use saying “we are doing our best.” You have to succeed in doing what is necessary.”


147. Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues. Other people can give us the best insight into ourselves—and our own limitations. We must have the courage to ask for help and to request feedback to expand our vision of what's possible.”


148. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”


149. “When people think that politics is a joke, they then deserve the jokers that rule them.”


150. A lazy writer (it's easy to hate things) or a versatile one? I don't believe in an afterlife. We live and then we stop living. We exist and then we stop existing. That means I only get one chance to do a good job. I want to do a good job. - Author: Lindy West


151. “Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last.”


152. “A leader… is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”


153. “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”


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


155. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”


156. “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


157. “Trust is a serious problem, we have to get to a new level of transparency – only through radical transparency will we get to radical new levels of trust.” - Marc R. Benioff, CEO of SalesForce


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


159. “We can change the destiny of our nation through the Power of making right choices at this very right time.”


160. “Democracy is a much more brilliant idea than it seems.”


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


162. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”


163. “As economic inequality grew, time horizons shrank, and fewer Americans believed that the future held a better version of the present. Lacking a functional state that assured basic social goods taken for granted elsewhere - education, pensions, health care, transport, parental leave, vacations - Americans could be overwhelmed by each day, and lose a sense of the future.”


164. “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


165. “the old narrative focused on carving out separate spheres of autonomy for citizens and experts, the new legitimacy narrative will focus on collaboration between these groups”


166. “monomachy? Impossible. I'm not of the contending class”


167. Good governance is about nothing more or less than creating happiness. It really is that simple. - Author: Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum


168. “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


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


170. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. -Anais Nin


171. “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision."


172. “The price of greatness is responsibility.”


173. “You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.”


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


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


176. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”


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


178. “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.”


179. “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”


180. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”


181. “DAD (Decide-Announce-Defend) remains the order of the day, with only a few inspiring models of EDD (Engage-Deliberate-Decide) available to us to demonstrate how very different things could be.”


182. The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first. -Iyanla Vanzant


183. “If you're competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering.” - Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon


184. “Your worst enemy is not the person in opposition to you. It is the person occupying the spot you would be fighting from and doing nothing.”


185. “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”


186. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”


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


188. “Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.”


189. “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”


190. “Politics doesn't corrupt people, people corrupt politics.”


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


192. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.”


193. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. -Erica Jong


194. “[The wives of powerful noblemen] must be highly knowledgeable about government, and wise – in fact, far wiser than most other such women in power. The knowledge of a baroness must be so comprehensive that she can understand everything. Of her a philosopher might have said: "No one is wise who does not know some part of everything." Moreover, she must have the courage of a man. This means that she should not be brought up overmuch among women nor should she be indulged in extensive and feminine pampering. Why do I say that? If barons wish to be honoured as they deserve, they spend very little time in their manors and on their own lands. Going to war, attending their prince's court, and traveling are the three primary duties of such a lord. So the lady, his companion, must represent him at home during his absences. Although her husband is served by bailiffs, provosts, rent collectors, and land governors, she must govern them all. To do this according to her right she must conduct herself with such wisdom that she will be both feared and loved. As we have said before, the best possible fear comes from love.


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


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


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


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


199. “If we are to proceed past the never-ending cycles of revolution and arrive at a system of peaceful evolution we need a completely different system of change.”


200. “If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.”


201. 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


202. 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, former first lady of the United States


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


204. “Lordship and the (re-)construction of affinities:


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


206. “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.”


207. “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


208. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”


209. “Who are you to decide what needs to be done? That's subjective by nature. No two people think alike."


210. “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."


211. “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.”


212. “There is absolutely no innovation without failure.”


213. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. — Kenneth Blanchard, author and management expert


214. “Organisations need to practice qualitative corporate governance rather than quantitative governance thereby ensuring it is properly run.” – and “You cannot legislate good behaviour.” – Mervyn King (Chairman: King Report)


215. …at first glance, Edward’s south-western regional hegemony does not appear to have been based on any pre-existing region in relation to geography, economy, or culture. From this exploration of the multiplicity of regions within, and inclusive of, the western counties two major arenas of interaction appear to have emerged: the couplings of Cornwall and Devon, and of Somerset and Dorset (p. 56).


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


217. “It might be commonsensical to pray not just for countries and their leaders, but also for the electorates and their dysfunctional voting choices”


218. No one was watching. No one was there to hear the echo of the dying. But nothingness was still humiliating


219. The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them. -Ida B. Wells


220. “CEOs should be measured by the value they create into the community, the shareholders and the members of the company.”


221. “The habits that took years to build, do not take a day to change.”


222. “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”


223. …[Humphrey, Lord] Stafford [of Southwick] became a crucial national–regional power-broker–one of the pillars upon which rested the pediment of Yorkist government (p. 210).


224. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”


225. “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.”


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


227. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.”


228. …Finally, with respect to political structure, there seems to have been no configuration that encompassed all four shires at a macro-scale… Political regions as the districts of lordship of magnates and institutions, such as the duchy of Cornwall, could vary in extent and over time, and may have even expanded to include all the south-western shires, in certain instances… (pp. 57–8).


229. “He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious."


230. “The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you’re no longer willing to stay where you are.”


231. “A nation with minimum laws will have maximum laughter.”


232. 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


233. 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


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


235. “In a war as huge as this, there will be many, many, leaders, in every location and aspect of the war. This is not a war for followers. It is the responsibility of each person to become as educated, informed and healthy as possible if you are to make a contribution.”


236. “Conflict builds character. Crisis defines it.”


237. In an age when stagecraft, gauzy themes, and sound-bites have too often been substituted for leadership, Bill Clinton as a candidate made it essential to campaigning to take the specifics of governance seriously. Practical solutions were 'in;' ideology was 'out.' - Author: Sylvia Mathews Burwell


238. “The first right of any person in any society must be the right to communicate. Without communication there is no way to safeguard our other rights or for us to participate fully in a society. When your right to communicate is interrupted by those who would be your voice, your face or your representative, you are being subjected to the governance of another.”


239. “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.”


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


241. “There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.”


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


243. “Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything. ”


244. “Any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way.”


245. “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


246. “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.


247. “Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.”


248. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a moulder of consensus.”


249. “While mistakes may be local, in today’s connected world embarrassment is global”


250. “Leadership is the ability to get people to do what they don’t want to do and like it.”


251. “Innovation is the process of transforming an idea or concept into a functional and marketable value proposition reflecting creative opportunity.”


252. “State first, subject second, statesman last.”


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


254. “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


255. After World War II, American leaders were, in Dean Acheson's words, 'present at the creation' of a global order. Now at the end of the cold war, we desperately need that same vision, that leadership, that creativity to be applied to the governance of the global marketplace. - Author: John J. Sweeney


256. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”


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


258. “Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.”


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


260. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”


261. “Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”


262. “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?”


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


264. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”


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


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


267. “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”


268. “Civilization must stand up and combat the current collapse of governance, the rise of violence, and the spread of chaos and fear in many parts of the world.”


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


270. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”


271. “A government is only good in so far as it achieves the best kind of living together among a specific group of people and it should be obvious that there cannot be one way of living-together which will fit all types of people. Only those who, mostly from fear, and in self-defence, think of man as being an unvarying nonentity, could generate such an idea. Others will, or should, realise that the best way of living together for any specific group of people depends on the particular characteristics of that group.”


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


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


274. “Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.“ – Lee Iacocca (President of the Chrysler Corporation)


275. 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


276. “I have broken many glass ceilings - so I know it can be done.”


277. “A good leader is not the person who does things right, but the person who finds the right things to do.”


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


279. “Among the means of power that now prevail is the power to manage and to manipulate the consent of men. That we do not know the limits of such power—and that we hope it does have limits—does not remove the fact that much power today is successfully employed without the sanction of the reason or the conscience of the obedient.”


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


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


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


283. “ Shame is the most corrosive thing in work culture, as it changes the belief of who we can be and what we can do better.”


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


285. 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


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


287. …The region was certainly a country of plural loyalties, multiple laws, and differing cultures (p. 58). …Clearly, an important part of this investigation is to discover whether the four western counties were subject to a shared political centre during the period. Did Edward’s regional magnates constitute political cores? (p. 59).”


288. “The key to holding a logical argument or debate is to allow oneself to understand the other person’s argument no matter how divergent their views may seem.”


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


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


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


292. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”


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


294. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”


295. “Just stick with it. What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up.”


296. “Most of you have probably noticed that most of the world is already at war, has been for a very long time, and there does not seem to be an end in sight or any plans for an end. But some people still have not noticed that this is not a Muslims vs. Christians war, or a United States vs. the world war, it is a war of the MIC against the general populace. This is a war where the populace is kept sickly, ignorant, desperate and above all fearful to keep them from rising up against the MIC. The tools used are drugs (legal and illegal), poor nutrition, environmental hazards, misinformation, blocked access to good information, poverty, stress, crime and, above all, war. The weapons against them will be information, solidarity, good health, great optimism, and mass participation in every aspect of government.”


297. For many decades my relations with my parents constituted unfinished business. I had dealt with them through sheer avoidance and guilt. - Author: Alix Kates Shulman


298. “Human rights don't trickle down.”


299. “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


300. “Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”


301. Let go of the attachment, keep the lesson - Author: L.J. Vanier


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


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


304. “Leadership is not just about command and control – it is about inspiring your team to make the vision a reality by conceiving and implementing creative solutions never thought possible.”


305. I never graduated, but I was kind of floating between journalism and art, because neither one wanted to claim me, as a cartoonist. - Author: Jeff Smith


306. “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.”


307. “Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it…. Success is shy-it won’t come out while you’re watching.”


308. “You have to look at your career and personal life at the big-picture level: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Doing that helps me feel OK during the weeks when one part of my life overwhelms the other.”


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


310. “Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”


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


312. A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible. — Polybius, Greek historian of the Hellenistic period


313. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground”.


314. “In an interactive, decentralized world, the voiceless do not need someone to be their voice. They need a megaphone.”


315. “Le despotisme, qui, de nature, est craintif, voit dans l'isolement des hommes le gage le plus certain de sa propre durée, et il met d'ordinaire tous ses soins à les isoler. Il n'est pas de vice du cœur humain qui lui agrée autant que l'égoïsme : un despote pardonne aisément aux gouvernés de ne point l'aimer, pourvu qu'ils ne s'aiment pas entre eux.”


316. “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


317. “A leader without followers is simply a man taking a walk.”


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


319. “Bitcoin is a central study in the Political Economy of Global Security as it influences Global Governance.”


320. “Civilization must stand up and combat the current collapse of governance, the rise of violence, and the spread of chaos and fear in many parts of the world.” ― Rudy Giuliani


321. There is a crisis of leadership and governance in Africa, and we must face it. - Author: Mo Ibrahim


322. “A president who is burdened with a failed and unpopular war, and who has lost the trust of the country, simply can no longer govern. He is destined to become as much a failure as his war.”


323. “A brave leader is someone who says I see you. I hear you. I don’t have all the answers, but I’m going to keep listening and asking questions.”


324. “Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.”


325. “A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.”


326. “Bill C-9 was supposed to be a budget bill, but it came with innumerable measures that had little or nothing to do with the nation's finances. It was, as critics put it, the advance of the Harper agenda by stealth, yet another abuse of the democratic process. The bill was a behemoth. It was 904 pages, with 23 separate sections and 2,208 individual clauses....


327. We have very pretty Dutch gardens, so called, in America, but their chief claim to being Dutch is that they are set with bulbs, and have Delft or other earthen pots or boxes for formal plants or shrubs. - Author: Alice Morse Earle


328. “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."


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


330. “[I]n the end this shall be for me sufficient, that a marble stone shall declare that a Queen, having reigned such a time, lived and died a virgin.”


331. “The only thing I know for sure after all of this research is that if you’re going to dare greatly, you’re going to get your ass kicked at some point. If you choose courage, you will absolutely know failure, disappointment, setback, even heartbreak. That’s why we call it courage. That’s why it’s so rare.”


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


333. “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.”


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


335. “Above the policies, above the law, above the government, above the constitution, there is a higher principle, that is the principle of individual integrity, without which no matter how much policies and laws we create, we cannot ensure health, safety and sanity in the society.”


336. “Find ways to empower your peers, your colleagues and your communities to achieve success in the goals you set for yourselves…”


337. “Governance is corrupted by politicians aspiring to become celebrities and celebrities assuming credence in governing.”


338. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. — Publilius Syrus, Latin writer


339. “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.”


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


341. “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


342. “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”


343. “Development is not primarily a matter of mechanically collecting taxes to fund spending, no matter how useful this spending may be. Development is about building trust in institutions, including, most importantly, governments. When governments take more from the poor than from the wealthy, sustained trust becomes impossible.”


344. “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.”


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


346. “The demise of our social ethics under the debris of political dirt has revealed over the time the public goods of prosperity or progression are nothing but a fairy tale.”


347. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”- Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft


348. 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


349. 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


350. “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


351. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.”


352. 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


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


354. “Politics needs loyalty and patience yet it desires love, knowledge and dedication.”


355. “The difficulties of a (four-county) regional study:


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


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


358. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”


359. “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.”


360. “My favourite definition of a leader is somebody who can empower people’s ideas in order to fuel success.”


361. While mistakes may be local, in today's connected world embarrassment is global - Author: Gyan Nagpal


362. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. — Warren Bennis, scholar and author


363. “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.”


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


365. “An elephant constantly in denial. - On Government”


366. 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


367. He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. — Solon, Athenian statesman, lawmaker and poet


368. “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.”


369. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.”


370. “The level of collective courage in an organisation is the absolute best predictor of that organisation’s ability to be successful.”


371. “This week, Zuma was quoted as saying, 'When the British came to our country, they said everything we are doing was barbaric, was wrong, inferior in whatever way.' But the serious critique of Zuma is not about who is a barbarian and who is civilised. It is about good governance, and this is a universal value, as relevant to an African village as it is to Westminster. If you are unable to keep your appetites in check, you are inevitably going to live beyond your means. And this means you are going to become vulnerable to patronage and even corruption. That is why Jacob Zuma's 'polygamy' is his achilles heel.”


372. “Don’t tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”


373. “County, two-county (meso-regional), and broader regional elites and identities:


374. “The only place you can win a football game is on the field. The only place you can lose it is in your heart.”


375. “Since knowledge and ideas are an important part of cultural heritage, social interaction and business transactions, they retain a special value for many societies. Logically, if the associated electronically formatted information is valued, preventive and detective measures are necessary to ensure minimum organizational impact from an IPR security breach.”


376. “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”


377. “Our managers are totally in charge of their personal schedules. Second, we give each a simple mission: Just run your business as if: (1) you own 100% of it; (2) it is the only asset in the world that you and your family have or will ever have; and (3) you can't sell or merge it for at least a century.”


378. “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


379. “When you prohibit failure, you kill innovation.”


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


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


382. “It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.”


383. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”


384. “Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.”


385. Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.


386. “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


387. “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”


388. “We are governed by information and our belief in and acceptance of that information. Transparent, verified information and knowledge bridges are the most important tools available to us today.”


389. It's in our biology to trust what we see with our eyes. This makes living in a carefully edited, overproduced and photoshopped world very dangerous. - Author: Brene Brown


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


391. “Keeping our focus on racist individuals is not only futile, but it also spends a precious energy that we need to direct at changing the entire structure and the system in place as we have it. We must understand that the system and the structure we have in place are created by the powerful 1% that clearly benefits from racism as a form of governance.”


392. Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences. -J. K. Rowling


393. “The peasant is the foundation of the state and must be governed with care. He must be allowed neither too much, nor too little, but just enough rice to live on and keep for seed in the following year. The remainder must be taken from him in tax.”


394. “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


395. “If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.”


396. “wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government”


397. “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


398. Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them. -Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography


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


400. “Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House.”


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