The Substance of Faith

The Substance of Faith

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Leadership Quotes

Here are some of my favorite leadership quotes.   I’ll resist the urge to annotate and trust the quotations stand on their own.

James Kouses and Barry Posner, in The Leadership Challenge, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1995

 Leaders enable others to act.  Leaders know that no one does his or her best when feeling weak, incompetent, or alienated; they know that those who are expected to produce the results must feel a sense of ownership.  p. 12

To get a feel for the true essence of leadership, assume that everyone who works with you is a volunteer.  Assume that your employees are there because they want to be, not because they have to be.  In fact, they really are volunteers—especially those upon whom you depend the most. p. 31

 Kouses and Posner found in their research that inspiring a shared vision is the least frequently applied of the five fundamental practices of exemplary leadership.  p. 124

Always say “we.”  p. 170

 People volunteer when they expect to succeed!  p. 272


 Stephen Covey, Principle-Centered Leadership, Summit Books, New York, 1990

Quoting Goethe:  “Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is; treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.”  p. 59

Warren Bennis,  On Becoming a Leader, Perseus Books Group, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003

Accept responsibility.  Blame no one.  p. 51

Quoting Eric Hoffer:  “In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.  The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”  p. 183

Jim Collins, Good to Great, Harper Business Publications, New York, 2001

Quoting Harry Truman:  “You can accomplish anything in life provided you do not mind who gets the credit.”  p. 15


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