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Warren G. Bennis Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Warren G. Bennis.

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

Related topics: Leadership

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

The factory of the future will have only two employees,
a man and a dog.
The man will be there to feed the dog.
The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
- Warren G. Bennis

Great things are accomplished by talented people who
believe they will accomplish them.
- Warren G. Bennis

 

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity.
The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere.
Truly profound and original insights are to be found
only in studying the exemplary.
- Warren G. Bennis

There is a profound difference between information and meaning.
- Warren G. Bennis

The manager has a short-range view; the leader has
a long-range perspective.
- Warren G. Bennis

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The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
- Warren G. Bennis

Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.
- Warren G. Bennis

Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance
to forms of music yet to be heard.
- Warren G. Bennis

Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things,
not at the periphery.
- Warren G. Bennis

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
- Warren G. Bennis

Leaders are people who do the right thing;
managers are people who do things right.
- Warren G. Bennis

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

People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must
be content with borrowed postures,
secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.
- Warren G. Bennis

Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.
- Warren G. Bennis

Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life,
which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.
- Warren G. Bennis

Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon,
not just on the bottom line.
- Warren G. Bennis

You need people who can walk their companies into the
future rather than back them into the future.
- Warren G. Bennis

There are two ways of being creative.
One can sing and dance.
Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.
- Warren G. Bennis

The manager has his eye on the bottom line;
the leader has his eye on the horizon.
- Warren G. Bennis

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore PHOTO

Your success will shine as a light of hope
and inspire numbers you cannot total.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

You manage things, you lead people.
- Grace Hopper

I cannot trust a man to control others
who cannot control himself.
- Robert E. Lee

The buck stops here.
- Harry S. Truman

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved.
He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
- Ralph Nader

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Winston Churchill

Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

The signs of outstanding leadership
appear primarily among the followers.
Are the followers reaching their potential?
Are they learning? Serving?
Do they achieve the required results?
Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?
- Max De Pree

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

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lead follow or get out of the way.
- Thomas Paine

leading by example creates a degree of
loyalty and overall success
that cannot be achieved through
issuing orders from a lofty office.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

Don't try to manage people;
You manage things; You lead people.
- Grace Hopper

Leaders are those who empower others.
- Bill Gates

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

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

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.
- George Washington Carver

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus
but a molder of consensus.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

The glue that holds all relationships together -
including the relationship between; the leader and the led
is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
- Brian Tracy

To lead people walk behind them.
- Lao Tzu

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others,
but to get ahead of ourselves.
- E. Joseph Cossman

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

The man of genius inspires us with
a boundless confidence in our own powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
- Harold S. Geneen

Never hold discussions with the monkey
when the organ grinder is in the room.
- Winston Churchill

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

Effective leadership is putting first things first.
Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
- Stephen Covey

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

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

Example is leadership.
- Albert Schweitzer

Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.
- Bo Bennett

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
- Albert Einstein


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