Posts Categorized: Notes on Quotes

Idea Starters

“Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.”
Woodrow Wilson

Leadership with integrity will always seek to get others on board with the cause. CSW

“We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity.”
George Soros

Spiderman’s uncle said it best- with great power comes great responsibility. CSW

“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.”
Omar N. Bradley

The only replacement for leadership is better leadership, the leader must always be growing, or be replaced. CSW

“There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.”
Bertolt Brecht

Leadership will always rise, or it will be replaced. CSW
“In our system leadership is by consent, not command. To lead a President must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.”
Donald Rumsfeld

Leadership is pulling, not pushing. CSW



Idea Starters

“Presidential leadership needn’t always cost money. Look for low- and no-cost options. They can be surprisingly effective.”
Donald Rumsfeld

Can congress ever grasp this? CSW
“Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.”
Donald Rumsfeld

But leadership does not mean creating the sharp edges just to make a point. CSW

“Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.”
Marian Anderson

One doesn’t necessarily choose leadership, but rather rises to it. CSW

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

Obsessed with the rights of those following and the cause being pursued. CSW

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.”
Tom Landry

It isn’t getting them to do what they don’t want to do, but rather giving the task the value that it needs to be pursued regardless of the personal wants. CSW



Idea Starters

“The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.”
Mao Tse-Tung

Leadership is more than just solving problems, it is effectively and efficiently solving people that are inthose problems. CSW

“Leadership is influence.”
John C. Maxwell

Anytime others are watching, that is leadership- even though seemingly small, but still a very significant degree. CSW

“Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.”
Abdul Kalam

All teachers are teachers of leadership regardless of the subject. CSW

“I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.”
Lee Iacocca

Leaders are always nice and thoughtful, always. CSW

“Character matters; leadership descends from character.”
Rush Limbaugh

Integrity and good character are not leadership qualities; they are prerequisites. CSW



Idea Starters

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

To lead one must know how to prioritize and then how to carry out the action(s). CSW

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

Leadership is often the result of displaying leadership qualities and then leadership comes. Often the leader displays potential and others pick the wall for them to lean the ladder against. CSW

“Example is leadership.”
Albert Schweitzer

Whenever a person’s behavior is observed they are being a leader, even in a small way, right or wrong, they are influencing behavior. This is why personal integrity is so important.`CSW

“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

History also makes leaders. Situations arise that call men to take a stand and work with and through people to accomplish the best things in history. That’s good leadership. But the opposite is also true. CSW

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”
John D. Rockefeller

Good leadership always builds people. CSW



Idea Starters…

“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

The effective leader makes those around themselves improve, no matter what their state. CSW

“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

Leadership is solving problems that help all those concerned. All concerned must know that the leader cares, is competent to help and have confidence in a workable outcome. CSW

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

Leadership communication means understanding people so that you can communicate in a way that is effective in helping them to understand completely the situation. It means listening intently so the leader can make sure they understand the situation correctly and not assume that they already do. CSW

“I speak directly to the people, and I know that the people of California want to have better leadership. They want to have great leadership. They want to have somebody that will represent them. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, young or old.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Leadership is an indispensable quality needed no matter what the political affiliation. Just because a person is elected does not make them a good or effective leader. CSW

“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

Leadership begins with integrity, it always falls without it. CSW