In our March 2018 meeting we discussed leadership and here are some of the views we considered:
"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand."
General Colin Powell (Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), the 65th United States Secretary of State 2001 – 2005 (Pres. George W. Bush)
"You manage things; you lead people."
Grace Murray Hopper, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
Warren Bennis ((born March 8, 1925) is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership studies).
"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority."
Kenneth Blanchard (born May 6, 1939) is an American author and management expert. His book The One Minute Manager (co-authored with Spencer Johnson) has sold over 13 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages
"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
General Dwight Eisenhower. (Ike. October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969, five-star US Army general World War II, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe (invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43, invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45, In 1951 he became the first supreme commander of NATO and was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961.
"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader"
Dolly Parton, singer-songwriter
"It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
J.K Rowling, author
"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. "
General George Patton (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) United States Army best known for his leadership as a general during World War II. He was on the U.S. 1912 Olympic pentathlon team and also designed the U.S. Cavalry's last combat saber: the "Patton Saber" (the M-1913). In World War I, he was the first officer assigned to the new United States Tank Corps and saw action in France
"Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical, and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection."
Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook
"What you do has far greater impact than what you say."
Stephen Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. His other books include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership.
"Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you'll never sit."
Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan.
"Delegation is not a sign of weakness."
"Where there is no vision the people perish."
"A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit."
John Maxwell (born 1947) is an evangelical Christian author, speaker, and pastor who has written more than 60 books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. His books have sold more than nineteen million copies, with some on the New York Times Best Seller List, and translations in over fifty languages
"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist."
Queen Victoria, Former Queen of the United Kingdom
"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."