Leadership Quotes

I’ve spoken of my love of quotes before.  I’m blessed to be surrounded by some women who share my fondness for a well-turned phrase.  Since I’m in a mood – read: unable to compose a  coherent post – I thought I’d share a few of the surprises from the JLC board and leadership retreats.  I offered up a few “transition and change” quotes one of my favorite conference facilitators had put together in a presentation, and challenged the women to bring their own quotes too.   Some were quite new to me, and others were old friends whose broad shoulders have steadied me – or urged me to do better – before.

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Gotta’ love Dumbledore.   Talk about wisdom personified!

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.                                    —Rosalynn Carter

I used that quote on the hang tags on the gifts I gave to last year’s board.  They are indeed great leaders, and the JLC moved forward leaps and bounds because of their courage and vision.

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.                       ― Ronald Reagan

That’s a personal favorite, albeit new to me.  I’m impressed that it comes from a man, since generally, women have a more collaborative style of leadership than men do.

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.                                                                   — General George Patton

Not long ago at all, I don’t know that I would have “owned” that one, but over the past couple of years, I’ve come to embrace my administrative talents, my own leadership style and just who I am.  I’m generally content to follow someone else… but if you’re an inept leader…  the odds are good that if I cannot help you become a more effective leader, I’m going to just take over.  

When I was younger, I cut straight to the take over phase, but I’d like to think now that I’m able to try to guide and mentor before I can’t stand it anymore.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face….You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”                                                                                                                ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Of course, no quotes list would be complete without that original Junior Leaguer, perhaps the first Leaguer in the White House…  I do adore Mrs. Roosevelt.

518Df9uT76L__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Did you know Jeanne Cooper was a Junior Leaguer?  Basically Blogless Susan teased me with that nugget, so her memoir awaits…  I might start it this evening. 

Do you like biographies? 

What might you do that you think you cannot?

(And who would have thought that I’d tag a post with both JLC and Harry Potter?!)

7 comments on “Leadership Quotes

  1. Walden121 says:

    I also love that quote from Harry Potter!

  2. Sue says:

    I read this a couple months ago. She died last month at the age of 84 and worked up till almost the last day. I admire that as a single mother she seems to have done a fine job raising her kids and she loves dogs, so who could ask for more?

  3. Nancy says:

    Fabulous quotes, and I love your candid insights under each one. Rosalynn Carter’s is one of my favorites.

  4. Blond Duck says:

    I love biographies. I always read my mother in laws. But I’ve never wanted to be a leader. I want to be a creator.

  5. Mary says:

    Here is a general all-round quote that works for all of us at one time or another: “The abandonment of self-pity is the beginning of wisdom.” I am not sure who to attribute it to, but I am pretty sure it was one of the spiritual writers I follow.

    Along that same line–and works with your theme–is one from Leonardo De Vinci: He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”

  6. Nichole says:

    Great post… and I am a big fan of biographies!

  7. Love quotes, and biographies. Crazy weather for camp this week…cod and rainy Monday and Tuesday, nice Weds, 90-ish today, then I get to go home to 105+ this weekend! Perhaps I should get a book and hide inside?

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