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What they say about leadership

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved

Niccolo Machiavelli

Managers are often so busy cutting through undergrowth, they don't even realise they are in the wrong jungle. A leader climbs the tallest tree, surveys the situation and yells: 'Wrong jungle'

Stephen Covey

A leader is a dealer in hope

Napoleon Bonaparte

You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the time does not Machiavelli

The desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world John le Carre

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.

Michel de Montaigne

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.


A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they do not necessarily want to go but ought to be Rosalynn Carter

Former US First Lady

The nation had the lion's heart. I had the luck to give the roar.

Sir Winston Churchill

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; don't walk behind me, I may not lead; walk beside me, and just be my friend.

Albert Camus

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