Quotes in leadership

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.


Most corporate mission statements are worthless. They consist largely of pious platitudes such as: "We will hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behavior." They often formulate necessities as objectives; for example, "to achieve sufficient profit." This is like a person saying his mission is to breathe sufficiently.


the leader sees leadership as responsibility rather than as rank and privilege.

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There is a difference between having a vision and suffering from a hallucination.


Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.


the aim of leadership should be to improve the performance of man and machine, to improve quality, to increase output, and simultaneously to bring pride of workmanship to people. Put in a negative way, the aim of leadership is not merely to find and record failures of men, but to remove the causes of failure: to help people to do a better job with less effort.


The greatest waste in America is failure to use the abilities of people.


Deming’s First Theorem: “Nobody gives a hoot about profits.”
Deming’s Second Theorem: “We are being ruined by best efforts.”


As I use the term here, the job of a leader is to accomplish transformation of his organization. He possesses knowledge, personality, and persuasive power.


To manage one must lead. To lead, one must understand the work that he and his people are responsible for.