A Quote by John W. Gardner on strengths, leaders, leadership, and courage

Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.

John Gardner

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on leaders, leadership, responsibility, and self-governance

Grown men do not need leaders.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 20

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A Quote by Earon on truth, teachers, guru, life, experiences, worthy, leaders, and authenticity

Do you seek the truth?  There is nothing worthy of being followed except your own heart; no one to teach you except life's experiences; and no one for you to lead except yourself.

Earon Davis

Source: Earon's notes

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A Quote by Angela Braly on women, leaders, and ceo

Of the 50 largest companies in the United States, you are the only woman CEO. Why?

That’s a good question. I think there should be many other women CEO s. It feels natural to be a CEO of WellPoint, and part of the reason may be that women may be drawn to healthcare as a profession. Women make 70 percent of all healthcare decisions. Women are currently available—ready, willing, and able—to be CEOs of major Fortune 50 or 500 companies. And I expect them to emerge as such over the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Angela Braly

Source: Ready, Willing, & Able: http://www.american.com/archive/2007/september-october-magazine-contents/ready-willing-able

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A Quote by Warren Bennis on leaders, groups, and leadership

Without a terrific leader, you're not going to have a Great Group. But it is also true that you're not going to have a great leader without a Great Group.

Warren Bennis

Source: An Interview with Warren Bennis: http://www.strategy-business.com/press/16635507/18276

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on leaders and leadership

Leaders' careers will usually be determined by their handling of one or two critical events that no one could possibly anticipate or plan for.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: A Personal Top Ten Tom Quotes from London: http://www.tompeters.com/entries.php?rss=1&note=http://www.tompeters.com/blogs/main/010363.php

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A Quote by Peter M. Senge on presence, awareness, movement, shift, consciousness, purpose, future, senge, scharmer, jaworski, flowers, journey, humanity, wilber, teerlink, fritz, wisdom, and leaders

It's common to say that trees come from seeds. But how can a tiny seed create a huge tree? Seeds do not contain the resources need to grow a tree.  These must come from the medium or environment within which the tree grows.  But the seed does provide something that is crucial : a place where the whole of the tree starts to form.  As resources such as water and nutrients are drawn in, the seed organizes the process that generates growth.  In a sense, the seed is a gateway through which the future possibility of the living tree emerges.

Peter Senge

Source: Presence : An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society, Pages: 2

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A Quote by Jim Collins on leaders, leadership, business, and humility

Level 5 leaders are differentiated from other levels of leaders in that they have a wonderful blend of personal humility combined with extraordinary professional will. Understand that they are very ambitious; but their ambition, first and foremost, is for the company's success. They realize that the most important step they must make to become a Level 5 leader is to subjugate their ego to the company's performance. When asked for interviews, these leaders will agree only if it's about the company and not about them.

Jim Collins

Source: "Taking Good to Great" - An Interview with Jim Collins

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A Quote by Tex Gunning on leadership, leaders, and business

Average leaders take care of themselves and their families. Good leaders take care of themselves, their families, and some of the community. Great leaders—and great companies—not only take care of these stakeholders but also want to change the world. They want to leave the world better than they found it.

Tex Gunning

Source: WIE: Interview with Tex Gunning: http://www.wie.org/j28/gunning.asp?page=2

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A Quote by Jack Welch on leaders and leadership

I am often asked if leaders are born or made. The answer, of course, is both. Some characteristics, like IQ and energy, seem to come with the package. On the other hand, you learn some leadership skills, like self-confidence, at your mother's knee, and at school, in academics and sports. And you learn others at work—trying something, getting it wrong and learning from it, or getting it right and gaining the self-confidence to do it again, only better.

Jack Welch

Source: Jack Welch: On Hiring, Inspiring: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7305759/site/newsweek/

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