Posts Categorized: Notes on Quotes

Idea Starters

“Bipartisanship isn’t an option anymore; it is a requirement. The American people have divided responsibility for leadership right down the middle.”
Tom Daschle

Bipartisanship is something promised before the election and forgotten as soon as the campaign trail dust has settled. CSW

“The school made it very clear that women were entitled to positions of authority. That sense of entitlement allowed us to feel that we have a natural place in leadership in the world. That gave me a mental and emotional confidence.”                                                  Linda Vester

Regardless of gender, giving others a sense of mental and emotional confidence is a practice of good leadership. CSW

Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.”                                                                                                        Lewis H. Lapham

True Character and integrity have no substitutions. Counterfeits may last for a while, but will be found out and found wanting. Admiration for accomplishments will wane if the reputation is tarnished. CSW

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

Leaders beget leaders, there is no other way. CSW

“The more I have studied Lincoln, the more I have followed his thought processes, the more I am convinced that he understood leadership better than any other American president.”
David Herbert Donald

I wonder if he (Abe) ever studied leadership. Perhaps passion for a cause was important. CSW

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“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”
John Buchan

Leadership needs to be trained to recognize and develop the greatness it finds, leadership will do this, power people will fight against it and be threatened by it. CSW

“Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter what the project.”
Bill Owens

Leadership always makes difference, a positive, insightful, difference. CSW

“I want to deploy the leadership to meet the challenges that face us and to restore America’s greatness.” 
Paul Tsongas

When we say we want leadership, do we too often mean we want a driver to take us where we want to go, not necessarily someone to lead us where we might not like? CSW

“I believe it is time for new leadership that is able to leave the ’70s behind.” 
Kim Campbell

I wonder when this was said. We need leaders that will learn from the past, address the present, and guide into the future. CSW

“Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done.”
Vance Packard

Persuasion is part of leadership, but mature leadership doesn’t necessarily do what it wants, but rather what is best and right. CSW

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“The Leadership Training Institute of America trains and equips young men and women to be leaders with high standards of personal morality and integrity.”

Michael Burgess

Those with low standards of personal morality and integrity can only lead in the wrong direction. Many thanks to the Leadership Training Institute. CSW

“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

Leadership is not about being in front, but about accomplishing the tasks and guiding others to be their personal best. CSW

“I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins.” 

Norman Lear

Leadership begins with personal leadership in character and integrity, which defines personal morality. CSW

“Bad leadership during the past years has cast on our Party the shadow of great and grave burdens.” 

Janos Kadar

A quote like this can be attributed to every political party. CSW

“President Ford was a devoted, decent man of impeccable integrity who put service to his country before his own self interest. He helped heal our nation during a time of crisis, provided steady leadership and restored people’s faith in the presidency and in government.” 

Mark Udall

Agree or disagree with this estimation of President Ford, it is a great description of a leader. CSW

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“There would not be enough talent that’s educated, developed and ready to take on the next leadership challenge, and it would cap our growth. Now we’ve put programs in place not to have that happen, but that could be a weakness.”
Kevin Rollins

Leadership reproduces leaders, and that does not mean clones of the present ones. CSW
“The Chinese leadership hoped that the world would soon forget the Tiananmen Square massacre. Our job in Congress is to ensure that we never forget those who lost their lives in Tiananmen Square that day or the pro-democracy cause for which they fought.”
Tom Lantos

Tiananmen Square is quickly forgotten by congress when the issue of their own pay raises comes to the table. It is the one thing they can all agree on. CSW

Leadership demands that we make tough choices.” 

Alan Autry

And leaders take responsibility, and even apologize when wrong. CSW
“The Leadership Training Institute of America is a cultural think tank providing training and opportunity in leadership development and cultural dynamics.”
Michael Burgess

Leadership needs to be one of training; more and more; that takes into account current thinking, technologies and needs. CSW
“Vocational education programs have made a real difference in the lives of countless young people nationwide; they build self-confidence and leadership skills by allowing students to utilize their unique gifts and talents.”
Conrad Burns

What better way to develop leaders than to recognize their talents and abilities and then guide them in leadership skills. CSW

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“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
Ken Blanchard
The abuse of leadership is authority without responsibility. CSW

“In working with UNICEF our corporate partners have demonstrated time and again that their financial resources, leadership and expertise can bring about real and lasting benefits for the world’s children.”
Carol Bellamy
Leadership should always be about lasting benefits. CSW

“I think it is important to ask ourselves as citizens, not as Democrats attacking the administration, but as citizens, whether a world power can really provide global leadership on the basis of fear and anxiety?”
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Leadership should never be about fear and anxiety, that’s manipulation and coercion and will soon be resented and overthrown. CSW

“As for leadership, I am the kind who leads reluctantly and more by example than  anything else. Someone had to be on the incorporation papers as president.”                  Keith Henson                                                                                                                                 Real leadership has a transparent humility that realizes their calling more than their  credit. CSW

“I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.”              Octavia Butler                                                                                                                                 We cannot let our personal differences with leadership cause us to quit paying attention.      CSW

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