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Remember, you don’t have to know it all to be a great leader... Be yourself. People would rather follow a leader who is always real than one who is always right. – Craig Groeschel

A leader can give up anything—except final responsibility. – John C. Maxwell

The effectiveness of your work will never rise above your ability to lead and influence others. You cannot produce consistently on a level higher than your leadership. In other words, your leadership skills determine the level of your success-and the success of those who work around you. – John C. Maxwell

As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot. – Ray Kroc

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or to get all the credit for doing it. – Andrew Carnegie

Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. – Sam Walton

You’re got to have mentors along the way. – Lee Iacocca

The problem with most leaders today is they don’t stand for anything. Leadership implies movement toward something, and convictions provide that direction. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. – Don Shula, Winningest Coach in NFL History

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren G. Bennis, leadership expert

In every age there comes a time when a leader must come forward to meet the needs of the hour. Therefore, there is no potential leader who does not have the opportunity to make a positive difference in society. Tragically, there are times when a leader does not rise to the hour. – Winston Churchill

A leader is best

When people barely know that he exists,

Not so good when people obey and acclaim him

Worse when they despise him.

"Fail to honor people,

They fail to honor you."

But of a good leader, who talks little,

When his work is done, his aim fulfilled

They will all say, "We did this ourselves." – Lao-Tzu, Chinese Philosopher

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. • Max De Pree

Be, and not seem. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without strategy. – General Norman Schwarzkopf (The Army general in charge of the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s)

The most important characteristic in a leader is irrepressible optimism. – Condoleeza Rice

There is a canyon of difference between doing your best to glorify God and doing whatever it takes to glorify yourself. The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity. The quest for power is childish. – Max L. Lucado

Leaders aren’t always the first to see an opportunity, but they ARE the first to seize it. – Andy Stanley

Surround yourself with people better than you. A leader aspires truly be the dumbest person in the room. – Jim Collins

Reorganization is an illusion of progress. – Carly Fiorina

Be secretly incredible... Secretly incredible people keep what they do one of God’s best-kept secrets because the only one who needs to know, the God of the universe, already knows. ...It’s not about being secretive or mysterious or exclusive. It’s about doing capers without any capes. – Bob Goff

Don’t delegate the most important thing you’re working on. – Jeffrey Immelt

The highest calling of leadership is to unlock the potential in others. – Carly Fiorina

Excuses turn people off! – Jeffrey Immelt

Never make a point at the expense of making a difference. – Andy Stanley

Most leaders are trying to figure out the right strategy. The best leaders are obsessed with empowering the right people. – Craig Groeschel

Success is about you. Significance is about others. – John C. Maxwell

In leadership, where there is no trust, there is no connection. Position may give you power to control, [but] trust will give you permission to lead. – Craig Groeschel

Before we give blame we take ownership. – Craig Groeschel

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example. – John Wooden

Leadership is about bringing urgency to the things that matter most. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Last Arrow

The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price. • Eugene B. Habecker, Author

You've got to love people more than your position. – John C. Maxwell

Leaders who delegate well establish what the goals are, grant the authority to get the job done, and supply the necessary resources for the job, yet encourage independent action on the part of the person doing the work. – John C. Maxwell

You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility. – Byron Dorgan

Leaders who don't listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say. – Andy Stanley

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