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What does leadership mean to you? 12 quotes from those who lead

We have not blogged on leadership for some time, and given recent events in our country, now seems an apt time.

What does leadership mean to you? Some will phrase this as, what makes a good leader?

In this post we present a series of quotes from a wide range of sources. We want to hear what resonates with you. In the second part of this post, next week, we will talk about leadership development.


Here we go:

 “When stuck in the hole, the victim asks, who can we blame for the existence of the hole or getting us in it, while the leader asks, how can we get out?” Thuli Madonsela

 “The hardest thing to open is a closed mind.” Ahmed Kathrada

 “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter F. Drucker

 “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” Tom Peters

“You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message. What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.” Anita Roddick

“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” ~ Seth Godin

What good is having a belly if there’s no fire in it. Wake up, drink your passion, light a match, and get to work. Simon Sinek. 

“If you do the right thing, you earn trust.” Pravin Gordhan

“Earn your leadership every day.” Michael Jordan 

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” Sheryl Sandberg.

Go to the people:

live with them,

learn from them

love them

start with what they know

build with what they have.


But of the best leaders,

when the job is done,

the task accomplished,

the people will say:

“We have done it ourselves.”

– Lao Tzu

What is the state of our leadership? Where better to have this debate than IPM? Who better than us, HR resources professionals and business leaders, to effect the change we want to see in the world?

Part 2 of this post looks at leadership development trends and themes.

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