On Leadership

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“There are a handful of companies who understand all successful business operations come down to three basic principles; People---Product---Profit. Without top people, you cannot do much with the other two. ”
– Malcolm Forbes

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
– John Wooden

“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”
– Peter Drucker

“If people knew how hard I have had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful.”
– Michelangelo

“Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
– Peter Drucker

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”
– Henry Ford

“You're only as good as the people you hire.”
– Ray Kroc

“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

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Turnaround or growth, it's getting your people focused on the goal that is still the job of leadership.”
– Anne M. Mulcahy

“No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the success of those under him.”
– W.H. Auden

“The man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the man doing it.”
– Chinese Proverb

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

“I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle.”
– Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.”
– Aristotle

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

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

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy Adams

“When the best leader's work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’”
– Lao Tzu

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
– Nelson Mandela

“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

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