Leadership
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Leadership is by example and attitude, and it's practiced by those who care about those that they influence — be it Scouting, their families, their church or synagogue, or their workplace. Wood Badge teaches Servant Leadership, and we're delighted to share some thought-provoking quotations.  We have provided links, with more information, if you would like to know more about the individual. Enjoy!


 

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

 

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things" . . .
 
Peter F. Drucker

 

"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results". . . George S. Patton

 

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership". . .
Dwight Eisenhower

 

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat" . . .
Theodore Roosevelt

 

"What you always do before you make a decision is consult. The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted. Then, once policy is determined, you call on them to help you sell it". . .
Elizabeth Dole

 

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others" . . .
Robert Louis Stevenson

 

"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" . . .
Rosalyn Carter

 

"To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will" . . .
Ronald Reagan

 

"A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice"....
James Callaghan

 

"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 Bennis

 

"Great rewards will come to those who can live together, learn together, work together, forge new ties that bind together" ....
William Jefferson Clinton

 

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

 

"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have" ....
Ronald Reagan

 

"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

 

"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it" ....
Abraham Lincoln

 

"Some leaders are born women" ....
Unknown

 

"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands" ....
Anne Frank

 

"It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse" ....
Adlai Stevenson

 

"Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted" ....
Garrison Keillor

 

"Abraham Lincoln did not go to Gettysburg having commissioned a poll to find out what would sell in Gettysburg. There were no people with percentages for him, cautioning him about this group or that group or what they found in exit polls a year earlier" ....
Robert Koles

 

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

 

"A leader is a dealer in hope" . . .
Napoleon Bonapart

 

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

 

"The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it" . . .
Elaine Agather

 

"Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too" . . .
Robert Half

 

"Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men - the other 999 follow women" . . .
Groucho Marx

 

"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet" . . .
Theodore M. Hesburgh

 

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

 

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence" . . .
Albert Einstein

 

"But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown" . . .
Carl Sagan

 

"If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you. If you really make them think, they'll hate you" . . .
Don Marquis

 

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership" . . .
Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

"Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future" . . .
Edwin H. Friedman

 

"What you always do before you make a decision is consult. The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted. Then, once policy is determined, you call on them to help you sell it" . . .
Elizabeth Dole

 

"In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists" . . .
Eric Hoffer

 

"It is not so much that man is a herd animal, said Freud, but that he is a horde animal led by a chief" . .  Ernest Becker

 

"I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times". . .
Everett Dirksen

 

"Inventories can be managed, but people must be led". . .
H. Ross Perot

 

 

 


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