is the action of guiding or directing a group.

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969); 34th U.S. President

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”

African Proverb

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

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848); 6th US President

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007); Writer

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Muriel Strode author

“I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody.”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790); politician, writer, scientist

“A leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible.”

Mark Yarnell

“A good leader inspires others with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves. ”


“Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.”

Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881); philosopher, poet, critic

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

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848); 6th US President

“Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one's superiors; care for one's crew. ”

Grace Hopper (1906-1992); computer scientist, naval officer

“Direction, not intention, determines destination.”

Andy Stanley (born 1958); pastor

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963); 35th US President

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere. ”

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004); 40th U.S. President

“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. ”

Antoine de Sainte-Exupery (1900-1944); (1900-1944); aviator, writer

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.”

Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622); Roman Catholic saint

“Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.”

Mark A. Clement (born 1955); writer

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Leadership creates action out of intention.
Bob C. over 1 year ago from Pig's Knuckle, AR

"Great Leaders make followers into Great Leaders."
Elmer J Carreño over 1 year ago from Jersey city, N.J

In order to lead, others must follow. I won't follow anyone who takes credit, but not blame.
Diane about 2 years ago from USA

Anyone can be placed in a Leadership position... but that doesn't necessarily make them the Leader. True Leaders are granted Leadership by those that TRUST them.
Gerald T. over 2 years ago from UpState NY

Leadership is influencing others toward a better future.
Bruce Willingham over 2 years ago from Warner Robins Ga

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