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Clearly, for an organization to move on, it is the job of the leader to be that sponge that takes the stress from inside and the outside.
The hardest thing about being a leader is demonstrating or showing vulnerability... When the leader demonstrates vulnerability and sensibility and brings people together, the team wins.
One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader's need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process.
I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn't. Hey, it made me a better leader: you have to take a lot of people's needs into account; you have to look down the road. Trying to negotiate getting a couple of kids to watch the same TV show requires serious diplomacy.
Dee Dee Myers
I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
All good leaders are connectors. They relate well and make people feel confident about themselves and their leader.
John C. Maxwell
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.
It's very important to take risks. I think that research is very important, but in the end you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks and be fearless. When I hear a company is being run by a team, my heart sinks, because you need to have that leader with a vision and heart that can move things forward.
There is no greater name for a leader than mother or father. There is no leadership more important than parenthood.
Sheri L. Dew
To remain a credible leader, I must always work first, hardest, and longest on changing myself. This is neither easy nor natural, but it is essential.
John C. Maxwell
Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate. And that's where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency.
A leader must be a good listener. He must be willing to take counsel. He must show a genuine concern and love for those under his stewardship.
James E. Faust
Disobedience is essentially a prideful power struggle against someone in authority over us. It can be a parent, a priesthood leader, a teacher, or ultimately God. A proud person hates the fact that someone is above him. He thinks this lowers his position.
Ezra Taft Benson
To be an effective leader, you have to have a manipulative streak - you have to figure out the people working for you and give each tasks that will take advantage of his strength.
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril.
People are afraid, and when people are afraid, when their pie is shrinking, they look for somebody to hate. They look for somebody to blame. And a real leader speaks to anxiety and to fear and allays those fears, assuages anxiety.
Henry Louis Gates
In my lifetime, Mitt Romney is the most qualified leader I've ever seen run for the presidency of the United States.
The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
I am not a therapist. I am not a spiritual leader. These elements are in the art: it is therapeutic, spiritual, social and political - everything. It has many layers. But art has to have many layers. If it doesn't, then forget it.
Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
From warriors ravens grew red And with their leader a host attacked.
One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
Stories are the single most powerful tool in a leader's toolkit.
My childhood was bittersweet in many ways. We moved around a lot. By the time I was 10, I had travelled thousands of miles, often on my own. My parents were like my friends, so it felt like I didn't really have parents at all. But in a crazy way that was very liberating. It forced me to be independent, maybe a leader, and certainly a survivor.
I think the must-have power qualities for a female or male power leader are really the ability to focus, to work hard, to be extremely goal oriented and to not let the noise and the nonsense interfere with your mission - what you really feel you want to do with your career and your life.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Leonardo da Vinci
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