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Born: 1925-03-08
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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I wanted the influence. In the end I wasn't very good at being a president. I looked out of the window and thought that the man cutting the lawn actually seemed to have more control over what he was doing.

Tags: Control, End, Good

Leadership has become a heavy industry. Concern and interest about leadership development is no longer an American phenomenon. It is truly global. Though I will probably be in less demand, I wanted to move on.

Tags: Become, Leadership, Wanted

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

Tags: Found, Mediocrity, Teacher

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Tags: Leadership, Reality, Vision

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.

Tags: Dog, Future, Keep

Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.

Tags: Leaders, Managers

People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.

Tags: Cannot, Ideas, Themselves

Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.

Tags: Dance, Leadership, Music

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.

Tags: Leader, Simple, Yourself

Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.

Tags: Good, Heart, Leaders

The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.

Tags: Challenges, Leader, Status

Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.

Tags: Failing

Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.

Tags: Eyes, Keep, Leaders

Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.

Tags: Learning, Life, Taking

There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.

Tags: Create, Creative, Dance

Create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and then translate that vision into a reality.

Tags: Place, Reality, Vision

Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth.

Tags: Someone, Tell, Truth

Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.

Tags: Makes, Trust, Work

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

Tags: Leadership, Rather, True

Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.

Tags: Accomplish, Great, Talented

The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.

Tags: Eye, Leader, Line

Leaders should always expect the very best of those around them. They know that people can change and grow.

Tags: Best, Change, Expect

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.

Tags: Leader, Manager, Why

The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.

Tags: Leader, Manager, View

There is a profound difference between information and meaning.

Tags: Between, Difference, Meaning

You need people who can walk their companies into the future rather than back them into the future.

Tags: Future, Rather, Walk
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Find the appropriate balance of competing claims by various groups of stakeholders. All claims deserve consideration but some claims are more important than others.

Tags: Balance, Deserve, Others
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