Posts Categorized: Notes on Quotes

Idea Starters

Leadership must be established from the top down.”
Sam Nunn

Leadership comes from the heart first and foremost. It must be recognized, but not from the top down. If it is from the top down the danger is that the top only recognizes its own leadership – that is much too dangerous. CSW

“I think our leadership team is a highly accountable leadership team.”
Steve Ballmer

Leadership must always carry with it an attitude of willingness to be held accountable. CSW

“The Dalai Lama. He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes that happiness is the purpose of our lives. Through his teachings and leadership, he continues to make this world a better place in which to live.”
Sidney Sheldon

Leadership is always concerned with improvements. CSW

“The things journalists should pay attention to are the issues the political leadership agrees on, rather than to their supposed antagonisms.”
Michael Pollan

Journalists, for the most part, are interested in making stories, not in the truth; or even the issues, but rather making issues. CSW

“Education is the mother of leadership.”
Wendell Willkie

And, like a mother, education is always there and indispensable. CSW



Idea Starters

Leadership is, among other things, the ability to inflict pain and get away with it – short-term pain for long-term gain.”
George Will

Leadership doesn’t inflict pain, but rather makes pain understandably endurable for the greater benefit and outcome. CSW

“Leadership in today’s world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.”
Hubert H. Humphrey

Leadership is not simply power. The person(s) with the biggest gun does not define leadership. CSW

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

Leaders have integrity and can produce strategy; working with others who have that ability and bringing it out. CSW

“You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.”
Norman Schwarzkopf

Bad leadership is always resented, but it must be valued as a learning opportunity – to never recreate that type of thing. CSW

“Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.”
Ferdinand Marcos

Poor leadership will feel this way. Good leadership never stands alone – it stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before and holds the hands of those that come afterward. It is always working with people, growing people, growing in leadership. Leaders who stand alone are working for their own glory, not the good of those being led. CSW



Idea Starters

“We needed to go back on the offense and offer clear leadership on Iraq. ”
Condoleezza Rice

Clear leadership is often only seen through a fog. It dispenses the fog and stands for the right and just. CSW

“The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.”
Adolf Hitler

Although seemingly correct, Adolf shows clearly in this statement his lack of integrity. Give the people an enemy and hide the truth from them- this is not leadership, it is fraud and fear. CSW

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

Saying “no” does not make a leader, neither does saying “yes”. But rather it is knowing when to say “yes” and when to say “no” and being able to communicate the reasons in a way that beings people together for the common good. CSW

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

Leaders always grow those around them, otherwise they are not really leaders. CSW

“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”
James Buchanan

Leadership recognizes the potential around it; is not threatened by it, but excited for the growth opportunities. CSW




Idea Starters

“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.”
Warren G. Bennis

In my experience most “born leaders” are people who have learned to manipulate and bully; that’s not leadership and should never be confused as such. CSW

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

Leadership is also being able to get others to see the vision and to integrate it into reality. CSW

“But no nation can base its survival and development on luck and prayers alone while its leadership fritters away every available opportunity for success and concrete achievement.” Ibrahim Babangida

Leadership should never be accused of “frittering away” opportunities. Leadership seizes for the good of everyone concerned. CSW

“Each one of us, and, indeed, all those who aspire to national leadership must bring their own visions, views and styles to the business of reforming Nigeria, and the search for solutions.”
Ibrahim Babangida

Leaders work together, and never alone for their specific wants, but together for the best and common good. CSW 

“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

Leaders are not fearless in confronting wrong, but the pain of remaining the same is much greater than the pain of working for change. CSW 



Idea Starters

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.”
Tom LandryLeadership can be being in control so much that you trust others to take control as well. CSW

“Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.”
Larry Bird

Leadership must have the respect of those it is leading, or it will be resented, viewed as manipulation, and not last. CSW

“Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.”
Larry Bird

Leadership must be transparent; integrity must be heart-deep. Selfish leadership is always a counterfeit and will not be tolerated long. CSW

“While Mayor Daley surprised me today with his decision to not run for reelection, I have never been surprised by his leadership, dedication and tireless work on behalf of the city and the people of Chicago.”
Rahm Emanuel

Real leaders know when to step down and handoff to the right leader for the time. CSW

“A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.”
John Updike

Leadership is foolishness, it certainly appears that way at times. CSW