Wisdom: On Leadership

By Helen Sullivan, APR. Fellow PRSA

I collect quotations. The wisdom of others in a short soundbite can educate, enlighten, and entertain. Having attended the IPI Leadership Summit in Jacksonville, Fla. a few weeks ago, leadership is top-of-mind for me. I hope my favorite quotations on leadership will inspire you today:

“Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things.”
-Peter F. Drucker

”Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“As we look ahead to the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
-Bill Gates

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
-Steve Jobs

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”
-John Maxwell

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
-Colin Powell

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.”
-Arnold H. Glasgow

“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

“I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.”
-Lee Iacocca

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
-Ken Blanchard

“Earn your leadership every day.”
–Michael Jordan

Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA, is IPI’s communications counsel.

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