Thoughts on leadership

Published: Nov 14, 2016

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If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
—Thomas Aquinas

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

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.
—Jean-Paul Sartre

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I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
—Ralph Nader


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


Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
—William Penn

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If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
—Maya Angelou

So much of what we call management consists in making it diffi cult for people to work.
—Peter Drucker

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People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
—Theodore Roosevelt

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
—Thomas Jefferson

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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus.
—Martin Luther King Jr


Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
—John C Maxwell

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People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
—Thomas Sowell


Images: Aquinas, Drucker, Luther King, Sowell: Getty Images; Nader:Reuters; Angelou: Gary Hershorn / Reuters

(This story appears in the 25 November, 2016 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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