Quotes About Leadership

These excellent quotes about leadership are excerpts from Stephen R. Covey's book The 8th Habit contains.   

Covey's Quotes About Leadership

"Leadership is communicating people's worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves."

"Learn to be leaders that others will happily choose to follow."

"Ultimately, a good leadership team is a complementary team where people's strengths are made productive and their weaknesses made irrelevant by the strengths of others."

"Leadership is the highest of the arts simply because it enables all the other arts and professions to work."

"Once you understand the fundamental elements of human nature, you possess the key to unlock the potential inside of people and organizations."

"Emotional intelligence is a more accurate determinant of successful communications, relationships and leadership than is mental intelligence."

"Vision is seeing with the mind's eye what is possible in people, in projects, in causes and in enterprises."

"I truly believe that discipline is the trait common to all successful people."

"The great contributors in life are those who, though afraid of the knock at the door, still answer it."

"If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won't require any supervision at all.  They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them."



"Leadership influence is governed by principles."

"Both management and leadership are vital--one without the other is insufficient."

"It's become so evident to me that most organizations, families included, are vastly overmanaged and desperately underled."

"I learned (painfully) that you can't "lead" things.  Because things don't have the power and freedom to choose.  Only people do."

"So you lead (empower) people.  You manage and control things."

"You can become a change catalyst in any situation." 

"You can see that no matter what issue, problem or concern you have, you can empower yourself by taking initiative."

"Keep investing in your personal and professional development and in your power to produce solutions to problems."

"Your security does not come from your job or from the patronage of other people; it comes from your ability to meet needs and solve problems."

"Become a light, not a judge.  Become a model, not a critic."

"Courageously take initiative to make good things happen."

"Ninety percent of all leadership failures are character failures."

"Our only real economic security lies in our power to meet human needs."

"People who have made a commitment to continual learning, growth and improvement are those who have the ability to change, adapt, flex with the changing realities of life...." 


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