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Quotes of the Week

May 31, 2011

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“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!'”~Lao-tzu, Philosopher

“Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.” ~Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” ~John Kenneth Galbraith, Economist

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” ~Henry Kissinger, Political Scientist and Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States of America

 

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