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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” —Henry Ford

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Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership. James Humes

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. Woodrow Wilson

A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them. M. D. Arnold

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

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John C. Maxwell

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. Alexander the Great

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Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi

Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it. Charles Swindoll

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. Oprah Winfrey

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Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. Margaret Thatcher

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut

Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. Seth Godin

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. Ronald Reagan

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Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc

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

Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Henry Ford

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Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! Audrey Hepburn

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. Eleanor Roosevelt

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. Les Brown

Do or do not. There is no try. Yoda

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To add value to others, one must first value others. John Maxwell

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. Douglas MacArthur

The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been. Henry Kissinger

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. Mahatma Gandhi

There are no office hours for leaders. Cardinal J. Gibbons

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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F. Kennedy

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. Arnold H. Glasow

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Lao Tzu

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. Steve Jobs

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

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. Henry A. Kissinger

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Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

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Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. Stephen Covey

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker

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When people talk, listen completely. Ernest Hemingway

I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through–then follow through. Edward Rickenbacker

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.  Arnold Glasow

The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become. DeSeaux

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc

Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. Eleanor Roosevelt

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Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. Peter Drucker

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust. Service brings satisfaction. Cooperation proves the quality of leadership. James Cash Penney

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Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses. Mitt Romney

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

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. Bill Bradley

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The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. Amelia Earhart

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle Onassis

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand

If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh

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I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. Herbert Swope

True leadership lies in guiding others to success–in ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. Bill Owens

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult. Warren Bennis

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it. David Star Jordan

Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50 percent of your time in leading yourself–your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20 percent leading those with authority over you and 15 percent leading your peers. Dee Hock

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Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. Paul Hawken

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. Henry Ford

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What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. Bob Dylan

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci

Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. Diogenes of Sinope

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing. Peter Drucker

There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. Charles F. Kettering

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