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Leadership is not new.  While times change and technologies evolve, a lot of the same leadership lessons apply.
That's why I've been loving the fine folks at @leadershiptips who've been providing great leadership quotes every day on Twitter.

Here's 14 timeless leadership quotes from their archive:


20 yrs from now u will be more disappointed by the things that u didn’t do than by the ones u did do. ~ Mark Twain


There is no such thing as a minor lapse in integrity. ~ Tom Peters 


People don't resist change, they resist being changed. ~ Peter Senge 


Feedback is the breakfast of champions. ~ Ken Blanchard



Eighty percent of success is showing up. ~ Woody Allen


The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader. ~ Albert Einstein


When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done. ~ Lou Holtz


Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now. ~ Steven Wright 



Strategy is choice. Strategy means saying no to certain kinds of things. ~ Michael Porter


A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. ~ Harvey Mackay 


A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. ~ Mary Kay Ash


No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit. ~ Andrew Carnegie 


Question authority, but raise your hand first. ~ Bob Thaves


Management is a position that is granted; leadership is a status that is earned. ~ K. Scott Derrick 


What's your favorite leadership quote?  Leave a comment below

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Comment by Preston G. Baker on February 22, 2013 at 10:19am

Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible. Colin Powell

Comment by Karen M. Bernola on January 31, 2013 at 11:06am

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. - Abraham Maslow

Comment by Todd M. Gemskie on January 25, 2013 at 9:39am
If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Michael Jordan
Comment by Todd M. Gemskie on January 25, 2013 at 9:38am

Whether you believe you can or believe you can not, you are right.


I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan
Comment by Peter Sperry on January 25, 2013 at 9:30am

"You are now as cold, wet and miserable as humanly possible without being hospitalized but you are up, moving and doing your job.  When you face and overcome the worst obstical that can be thrown at you, everything else is easy.  That is why we train harder than we expect to fight." -- Platoon Sgt. Bill Toughhill after ordering me to do situps in a water filled ditch in January.

Comment by Peter Sperry on January 25, 2013 at 8:44am

"My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better." -- Steve Jobs

You got to be rigorous in your appraisal system. The biggest cowards are managers who don't let people know where they stand. -- Jack Welch

I've never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn't have the right attitude, didn't give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn't prepared and didn't have the whole program worked out. -- Ted Turner

Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. -- Bill Gates

Comment by David B. Grinberg on January 24, 2013 at 7:24pm

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

The harder I work, the luckier I get.

Don't get mad, don't get even...get ahead.

Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led  by your dreams.

Comment by Janina Rey Echols Harrison on January 24, 2013 at 5:08pm

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

My father used this a lot and mostly told us he would prefer we learned to lead and think for ourselves as opposed to follow.

Comment by GovLoop on January 24, 2013 at 12:57pm

Hadn't seen the Nader quote - I like it

Comment by Larry Schaffner on January 24, 2013 at 12:55pm
Some of my favorites include:

"You manage things; you lead people." -Grace Murray Hopper

"People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." -John C. Maxwell

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

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

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