But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Try to please everybody.
What Washington needs is adult supervision.
By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
The only real training for leadership is leadership.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.
Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
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.
The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Leadership is your ability to hide your panic from others.
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