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” We worry constantly about making a living, but rarely about making a life” 
Lieder/ Shapiro

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

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them”
George Bernard Shaw

I must stand with anybody that stands right; stand with them while they are right and part with them when they go wrong”
Abraham Lincoln

” It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.”
Warren Buffet

” Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Mahatma Gandhi

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into others but to draw it out, for the greatness is there already”
John Buchan

The true measure of leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.
John Maxwell

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

Leadership cannot be taught. It can only be learned
Harold Geneen

Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right thing.
Peter Drucker

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

” Being busy in pursuit of your passion is the key to happiness.”
Connor Young

A leader’s singular job is to get results.”
Daniel Goleman

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
Winston Churchill

A leader without the vision, to strive to improve things, is no good. Then you will just stay put, you won’t progress.”
Lee Kuan Yew

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Abraham Lincoln

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Knowledge may give weight but accomplishments give lustre. And many more people see than they weigh.”
Lord Chesterfield

It is not enough to be busy. The question is: ‘What are you busy about?”
Henry Thoreau

Progress often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back.”
Barack Obama

” Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.”
Thomas Edison

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
Ronald Reagan

” A-players hire A-players, and B-players hire C-players. We want only A-players here.”
Steve Jobs

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
John C. Maxwell

” The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
Julia Child

” The great use of your life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
William James

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
George S. Patton Jr.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Albert Einstein

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership is about going somewhere. If you and your people don’t know where you are going, your leadership doesn’t matter.”
Drea Zigarmi

” Serenity is the window through which one looks out on the world of affairs. It is how one feels inside as he engages with spirit, in the turmoil and strife of the world of affairs.”
Robert Greenleaf

“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
Tony Blair

” Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
Og Mandino

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place.
Stephen Covey

” I am not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.”
Franklin Roosevelt

” The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
William James

Either you run your day, or the day runs you.
Jim Rohn

” I do not let my experience define me; I define my experience.”
Jaren P. Chan

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.”

“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.”
Leroy Eimes

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

” Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
Zig Ziglar

” Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
Julia Child

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
Maya Angelou

” The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Mahatma Gandhi

” Fall 7 times and stand up 8″
Japanese proverb

” When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes clear”
Roy Disney

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.”
Peter Drucker

I have never been over-concerned or obsessed with opinion polls or popularity polls. I think a leader who is, is a weak leader. If you are concerned with whether your rating will go up or down, then you are not a leader. You are just catching the wind…you will go where the wind is blowing.
Lee Kuan Yew

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.”
Peter Drucker

” Either you run your day or the day runs you”
Jim Rohn

” Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”
Mahatma Gandhi

There is nothing noble in being superior to others. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self
Indian proverb

” Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Helen Keller

” We need to awaken the next generation to understand that we are all change-makers. The nation is not as strong as its government but its next generation”
Nick Vujicic

” I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”
Mother Teresa

But it is not this way with you, but the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.”
Luke 22:26

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
Les Brown

It is the man behind who makes the man ahead”
Merle Crowell

” No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”
Dale Carnegie

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”
Margaret Thatcher

” The best leaders make it a point to develop more leaders around them.”
Charles Caldwell

True leadership is guiding others to success.
Bill Owens

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall”
Stephen Covey

A leader can be made, provided he is born.”
Lee Kuan Yew

The common trait of CEOs and business leaders is that they are learners. If you had dinner with Warren Buffet, I guarantee you he is going to ask you more questions than he answers.”
Jeff Immelt

” The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires.”
William Arthur Ward

” Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.”
Pope Francis

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

” I would think of some fundamental basic need of all people, and I would supply that need more cheaply and more efficiently than anyone else.”
Henry Ford

” You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
Zig Ziglar

” People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”
John Maxwell

” Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
Jack Welch

” You become what you say, and what you say becomes you.”
Paul Hawken

” Not enjoyment and not sorrow..is our destined end or way; But to act that each tomorrow.. find us further than today.”

” The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”

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

“I cannot change my history but I can change my destiny”
Jaren E Chan

” Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

” Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
Albert Einstein

” Resilience is accepting your new reality and trying to put together something that is good.”
Elizabeth Edwards

” The great champions know how to be at their best in the most important moments of their career.”
Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ tennis coach

Sometimes it’s not how hard you row the boat. It’s how fast the stream is going.”
Warren Buffet

” Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.”
Victor Hugo

” Unless you value yourself, you won’t value your time.”
M. Scott Peck

A great leader attracts great people and knows how to hold them together”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

” True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever the cost.”
Arthur Ashe

” He who is grateful does not suffer.”

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm”
Publilius Syrus

A manager has to meet circumstances as they occur 
Richard K M Eu

Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless.
Lee Kuan Yew

” The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

Knowledge is a treasure but practice is a key to it.”
Thomas Fuller

” Give of your hands to serve and your hearts to love.”
Mother Teresa

Earn your leadership everyday.”
Michael Jordan

” Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events and small minds discuss people”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
Vince Lombardi

Any business plan won’t survive its first encounter with reality. The reality will always be different. It will never be the plan.”
Jeff Bezos

There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.
Archibald MacLeish

” Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
Franklin Roosevelt

I do not know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course.”
Lee Kuan Yew

” He who sits on the cushion of advantage goes to sleep.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible
Mark Yarnell

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.
Harvey Firestone

A leader is admired; a boss is feared.”
Vicente Del Bosque

A leader’s attitude is caught by his followers more quickly than his actions.
John Maxwell

” It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
Thomas Jefferson

Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
Field Marshal Montgomery

No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his character.”
John Morley

The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.
John Ruskin

Mountain tops inspire leaders but valleys mature them.
Winston Churchill

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
Theodore Roosevelt

A great river always begins somewhere.
Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner

” The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.”
Japanese proverb

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
Thomas Jefferson

The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
St. Augustine

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
Anais Nin

It was best if the leader was both feared and loved.

The position does not make the leader. The leader makes the position.
John Maxwell

” In the depths of winter, I discovered in me an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

Know well the condition of your flocks and give attention to your herds..
Proverbs 24:3-4

We need good leadership to set the direction, to guide, to inspire and to deliver results.”
Lee Hsien Loong

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

” Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalise on what comes.”
Zig Ziglar

” How many times do you go to bed at night saying this was a well-lived day?”

Management is getting people to do what needs to be done. Leadership is getting people to want to do what needs to be done. Managers push. Leaders pull. Managers command. Leaders communicate.”
Warren Bennis

Every organisation requires a different leadership style. A good leader is not one who has a particular style – though we all have our own idiosyncrasies – but one who can bring out the best from his team by adapting his leadership style.”
Chan Chun Sing

If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings- and put compensation as a carrier behind it- you almost do not have to manage them”
Jack Welch

” All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

” Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing to add, but when there is nothing to take away.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

” The difference between managing and leading is how to take things to a better place.”
Piyush Gupta

” They have only stepped back in order to leap further.”
Michel de Montaigne

” I am a verb”
General Ulysses S. Grant

You can advance only by being larger than your present place and no man is larger that his present place who leaves undone any of the work pertaining to the place.
Wallace Wattles

” Your circle of influence dictates your path.”
Jon Bielecki

” Nothing is so potent than the silent influence of a good example.”
James Kent

” I am always looking for opportunities, both domestically and foreign. Opportunity does not knock. You have to find it. Nothing is impossible”
Summer Redstone

” The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.”
John Hancock

” You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Jim Rohn

” The function of prayer is not to influence God but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”

” It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life.”
Margot Asquith

” The only way to influence the other fellow is to talk about what he wants and show him how to get it.” 
Dale Carnegie

” To influence others, you must also be open to their influence.”
Jesse Lahey

” Time is the most precious currency of life, and how we spend it reflects what we truly value. Once we have spent it, it is gone forever! It cannot be re-earned. Are you feeling in charge of the time in your life?”
Richard Lieder

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

” Although the life of a person is in a land of thorns and weed, there is always space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.”
Pope Francis

” The best richness is the richness of the soul.”

” The economic situation is always unclear and monetary policy takes time to affect the economy. Don’t overestimate the benefits of waiting for the situation to clarify”
Stanley Fisher

” The first priority of economics is to improve the lives of real people.”
James Tobin

” A smart leader is a good questioner and listener and he surrounds himself with the smartest people possible.”
Jaren P. Chan

” The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”

” I touch the future. I teach.”
Christa Mcauliffe

” Change your mind as often as new facts become available”
John Teets

” Life does not get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
Steve Maraboli

” The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” 
Japanese proverb

” Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”
Bern Williams

” In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.”
Yogi Berra

” I would think of some fundamental basic need of all people and I would supply that need more cheaply and efficiently than anyone else.”
Henry Ford

” A penny saved is a penny earned.”
Benjamin Franklin

” True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but those that they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.”
Sheri Dew

The important issues have no right or wrong answers. They involve social preferences, which in democracies can be expressed only through the electoral process” 
Justice Antonin Scalia

Politics is incessant and the pressure is continuous. Politics being a service industry, the customer is always right.
George Yeo

” I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.”
Michael Jordan

“You can’t learn anything if you are talking”
John Teets

We can give up without giving in. By having less in our lives, we can get more out of life. Happiness has more to do with experiencing than with having”

” The conditions of life which really make a difference to happiness are those covered by three sources – social relations, work and leisure”
Michael Argyle

” The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction”
Carl Rogers

” I am an artist at living, and my work of art is my life”

” If you can’t find your rhythm, you can’t find your soul”
Tony Vacca

” I slept and dreamed that life was happiness. I awoke and saw that life was service. I served and found that in service, happiness was found.”
Rabindranath Tagore